PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Longmire" and Rapture, Blister, Burn Star Lee Tergesen

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03 Sep 2013

Lee Tergesen
Lee Tergesen

Stage and screen star Lee Tergesen is currently appearing in the West Coast premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, reprising the role he created last year at Playwrights Horizons. He fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Tergesen will next be seen starring in the independent film "Desert Cathedral." Tergesen also recently starred in "No One Lives" and "The Collection."

Other selected film credits include "Monster" opposite Charlize Theron, "The Forgotten" with Julianne Moore, "Wayne’s World," "Red Tails," "Shaft," "Point Break," "Silver Tongues" and "Helena From The Wedding."

Probably best known for his starring role as Tobias Beecher for six seasons on the acclaimed HBO series "Oz," he has also starred in HBO’s Emmy Award winning mini-series "Generation Kill and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

Tergesen can be seen on the A&E series "Longmire." Theatrical credits include Good Boys and True at Second Stage Theatre, The Foreigner at The Laura Pels Theater, The Exonerated at The Bleecker Street Theater and the New York production of Rapture, Blister, Burn at Playwrights Horizons.



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Full given name: Lee Tergesen
Where you were born/where you were raised: Essex, CT
Zodiac Sign:Cancer
Siblings:Chris Tergesen is a music supervisor/music editor for TV
Special skills:Tongue tricks (not exactly what you might think). Karaoke master.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The first Jesus Christ Superstar
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? Tom Fontana
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Pippin
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Damned For All Time/Blood Money"
Favorite musicals: Jesus Christ Superstar
Some favorite modern plays: Rapture, Blister, Burn (of course) and Moonchildren
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: James Cagney, Marilyn Monroe, Spencer Tracy
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The opening night of the revival of Hair in Central Park. There were storm clouds and lightning threatening in the distance for most of the show.



It held off until Claude died. The lights went out and when they came up and the ensemble started singing "Let the Sunshine In" and it was a torrential downpour!! Amazing! I cried.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Radiohead- "How To Disappear Completely"
You personal acting idols: Jeff Bridges, Rita Moreno, John Travolta
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: "What's My Name" by Miyavi
Last book you read: Steve McQueen biography (I know, I know)
Must-see TV show(s): "RuPaul's Drag Race"
Some films you consider classics: "Saturday Night Fever," "Fearless," "On The Waterfront"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Miyavi
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I don't experience guilt. Does that make me a sociopath?
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