“He lives with his wife Virginia, son Orlando, sister Patty and brother William, and is survived by the profound impact he had on us,” MCC said. , Patti LuPone, is a Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway star.
Born in Brooklyn in 1946, LuPone studied at the Juilliard School and got his first professional job in 1966 with an ensemble producing The Pajama Game starring Liza Minnelli at the Westbury Music Fair.
Two years later, he made his Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s “Sweet Potatoes.” He went on to become a small-screen star, appearing in TV shows like Ally McBeal, Law & Order, and Sex and the City.
But his most notable television role came in 1999 as Dr. Bruce Cusamano, family doctor and neighbor of gangster Tony Soprano (who played James Gandolfini) in the HBO hit The Sopranos. It was when I was cast as
“I always played bad Italian characters and that was in my soul,” he said.
The TV veteran received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work on “All My Children” and a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Zach in the original run of “A Chorus Line.”
Lupon spent much of his later career developing and teaching theaters, opening the MCC Theater with Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.
Under his leadership, MCC Theater produced shows such as School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, Frozen, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit.
Paying tribute to LuPone in a statement shared on the MCC website, co-artistic directors Telsey and Kantler described him as “a force, an advocate, complex in the richest way, full of youthful enthusiasm.” , and a very wise man when he saw”. he was our best friend. “