Bruce Adler

Bruce Adler

Performer

Bruce Adler, the scion of Yiddish theatre family who went on to have much success on the Broadway stage, winning two Tony Award nominations, died in the early hours of July 25, 2008, said his close friend, actor Mike Burstyn. Mr. Adler had been battling liver cancer for several years. He was 63. A canny, rubber-faced and physically agile comic actor, Mr. Adler made his Broadway debut playing the itinerant peddler Ali Hakim in the 1979 revival of Oklahoma! directed by William Hammerstein. The following decade brought Broadway appearances in the short-lived original comedy Oh, Brother! and the equally brief 1987 revival of the 1920s play Broadway.

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  • Born: Nov 27, 1944 in New York, NY
  • Death: Jul 25, 2008

Roles (8)

Crazy For You Playbill - Opening Night, Feb 1992 Crazy for You (1992)
Opened Feb 19, 1992
  • as Bela Zangler (Original)
Crazy for You - Opening Night
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Those Were The Days Playbill - November 1990 Those Were the Days (1990)
Opened Nov 7, 1990
  • Additional material
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Broadway Playbill - Opening Night, June 1987 Broadway (1987)
Opened Jun 25, 1987
  • as Benny (Original)
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Oh, Brother! Playbill - Opening Night, Nov 1981 Oh, Brother! (1981)
Opened Nov 10, 1981
  • as Balthazar (Original)
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Oklahoma! Playbill - Dec 1979 Oklahoma! (1979)
Opened Dec 13, 1979
  • as Ali Hakim (Original)
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Sunday in the Park with George Sunday in the Park with George (1994)
Opened May 15, 1994
  • as Franz (Original)
  • as Dennis (Original)
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Awards

Drama Desk Award
1992 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Crazy for You Nominee
1991 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Those Were the Days Winner
Tony Award
1992 Featured Actor in a Musical Crazy for You Nominee
1991 Featured Actor in a Musical Those Were the Days Nominee