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Robert LuPone Biography
Robert LuPone (July 29, 1946 – August 27, 2022) was an American actor and artistic director.
He worked on stage, in film, and in television. He was the brother of actress Patti LuPone.
Early Life and Education
LuPone was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in Northport, New York on Long Island, the son of Angela Louise (née Patti), a library administrator at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, and Orlando Joseph LuPone, a school administrator and English teacher at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington, Long Island. His younger sister is actress-singer Patti LuPone.
His great-great aunt was 19th-century Spanish-born Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. His father’s side came from Abruzzo, while his mother’s side is Sicilian.
He trained as a dancer and was a graduate of Juilliard School, having studied with Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, and Martha Graham. He studied theatre at HB Studio under Uta Hagen.
Robert LuPone Career
LuPone’s Broadway performances included A Thousand Clowns (2001), True West (2000), A View from the Bridge (1997), Late Nite Comic (1987), Saint Joan (1977), and The Magic Show (1974).
For his performance as Zach in A Chorus Line (1976), he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
As artistic director of MCC Theater in New York City, he produced Frozen (2004) and Reasons To Be Pretty (2008), both of which were nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
LuPone’s many off-Broadway performances included Twelfth Night (1980), Black Angel (1982), and Lennon (1982). He also appeared in regional theater.
LuPone served as director of the MFA Drama Program at The New School for Drama (New York City) until the spring of 2011.
On television, he appeared in five episodes of The Sopranos as Dr. Bruce Cusamano (1999–2007).
He appeared on Law & Order: Criminal Intent for two episodes as Nelson Broome (2003–2009), and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for one episode in 2004.
He also appeared on All My Children in the 1980s. He appeared in the pilot episode of the NBC musical series Smash as well as the pilot episode of Showtime’s drama Billions.
At the time of his death, Robert LuPone was married to his wife, Virginia. He had one son.
Robert LuPone died from pancreatic cancer on August 27, 2022, at the age of 76.
Robert LuPone Net Worth
Robert LuPone was an American actor and artistic director. He has an estimated net worth of $1.2 million.