Hinton Battle (b. 29 November 1956) is a German-born American actor, dancer, and dance teacher. Battle was born in Neubrücke, Germany. He has won three Tony Awards, all in the category of Best Actor (Featured Role — Musical): in 1981 for Sophisticated Ladies, in 1984 for The Tap Dance Kid, and in 1991 for Miss Saigon. He was the first to portray the Scarecrow in the stage version of The Wiz in 1975, but Michael Jackson replaced him for the 1978 film. He also starred as the Demon Sweet in the special musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: ("Once More, with Feeling").