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.

Read Full Obituary
  • 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
  •  
Promises Promises Playbill - Opening Night Promises, Promises (2010)
Opened Apr 25, 2010
  • as Dr. Dreyfuss (Original)
Promises, Promises - Opening Night
  •  
Hairspray Playbill - Opening Night, July 2002 Hairspray (2002)
Opened Aug 15, 2002
  • as Wilbur Turnblad (Original)
Hairspray - Opening Night
  •  
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
  •  
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)
  •  
Damn Yankees Playbill - Opening Night, March 1994 Damn Yankees (1994)
Opened Mar 3, 1994
  • as Van Buren (Original)
  •  
Will Rogers Follies - Opening Night, April 1991 The Will Rogers Follies (1991)
Opened May 1, 1991
  • as Clem Rogers (Original)
  •  
Rumors Playbill - Opening Night, Nov 1988 Rumors (1988)
Opened Nov 17, 1988
  • as Ernie Cusack (Replacement)
  •  
Broadway Bound Playbill - Opening Night, Dec 1986 Broadway Bound (1986)
Opened Dec 4, 1986
  • as Jack (Replacement)
  •  

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 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Hairspray Winner
 X

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting playbill.com with your ad blocker.
Thank you!