Dick Latessa

Dick Latessa

Performer

Dick Latessa, who won the 2003 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Harvey Fierstein's onstage husband in the original cast of Hairspray, died December 19 at age 87, according to Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman.

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  • Born: Sep 15, 1929 in Cleveland, OH
  • Death: Dec 19, 2016 in New York, NY

Roles (21)

The Lyons Playbill - Opening Night The Lyons (2012)
Opened Apr 23, 2012
  • as Ben Lyons (Original)
The Lyons - Opening Night
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Promises Promises Playbill - Opening Night Promises, Promises (2010)
Opened Apr 25, 2010
  • as Dr. Dreyfuss (Original)
Promises, Promises - Opening Night
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Hairspray Playbill - Opening Night, July 2002 Hairspray (2002)
Opened Aug 15, 2002
  • as Wilbur Turnblad (Original)
Hairspray - Opening Night
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Cabaret Playbill - Preview, Feb 1998 Cabaret (1998)
Opened Mar 19, 1998
  • as Herr Schultz (Replacement)
  • Nov 9, 1999 - Mar 31, 2001
Proposals Playbill - Opening Night Proposals (1997)
Opened Nov 6, 1997
  • as Burt Hines (Original)
Proposals - Opening Night
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Playbill - Opening Night, April 1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996)
Opened Apr 18, 1996
  • as Senex (Replacement)
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Damn Yankees Playbill - Opening Night, March 1994 Damn Yankees (1994)
Opened Mar 3, 1994
  • as Van Buren (Original)
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Will Rogers Follies - Opening Night, April 1991 The Will Rogers Follies (1991)
Opened May 1, 1991
  • as Clem Rogers (Original)
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Rumors Playbill - Opening Night, Nov 1988 Rumors (1988)
Opened Nov 17, 1988
  • as Ernie Cusack (Replacement)
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Broadway Bound Playbill - Opening Night, Dec 1986 Broadway Bound (1986)
Opened Dec 4, 1986
  • as Jack (Replacement)
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Awards

Drama Desk Award
2003 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Hairspray Winner
Outer Critics Circle
2010 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Promises, Promises Nominee
2003 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Hairspray Nominee
Tony Award
2003 Featured Actor in a Musical Hairspray Winner