Gary Beach

Actor
As flamboyant director Roger de Bris in "The Producers," actor Gary Beach outrageously over-the-top performance of a crucial comedic character in the Broadway musical version of Mel Brooks' enduring masterpiece - Der ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1947 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (18)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Roger DeBris (Actor)

Queer as Folk (US) 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Man of the Century 1999 (Movie)

Jeffrey Pitzer (Actor)

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

Car Salesman (Actor)

Cheers 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bless This House (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As flamboyant director Roger de Bris in "The Producers," actor Gary Beach outrageously over-the-top performance of a crucial comedic character in the Broadway musical version of Mel Brooks' enduring masterpiece - Der Fuhrer in the infamous "Springtime for Hitler" production number, a role that resulted in a Tony Award for Best Actor in 2001. He reprised the part-within-a-part for the feature film version in 2005.

Beach was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, and came from a family that was decidedly un-showbiz: his father was a painter and his mother was a housewife. But when 11-year-old Gary saw a traveling performance of "The Music Man," starring Forrest Tucker, he was amazed. In high school, he acted in plays and joined a theater group called Thespians Troop 1899. Enrolling in college at Old Dominion in Norfolk, he originally planned to major in political science, until a magazine article about the North Carolina School of Arts caught his attention. In no time, he changed his mind, his school and his career. Beach acted primarily in theaters for years. Unlike some actors, he enjoyed lengthy stage runs, with over 1,000 performances combined of "Annie," "Les Miserables," and "Beauty and the Beast." In that stage version of the Disney animated story, Beach played the candelabra, Lumiere, for which he earned a Tony nomination in 1994. He also enjoyed more than 800 performances of "1776," the show with which he made his Broadway debut. During that memorable run on the Great White Way, Beach's sporadic big screen appearances include Albert Brooks' "Defending Your Life," in 1991 and the cult indie favorite, "Man of the Century," in 1999.

After nearly 20 years in New York City, Beach was eager for a change of pace, and he moved to Los Angeles, where he made a handful of appearances on television, in shows such as "Kate & Allie" and "Murder She Wrote" (CBS) and "Cheers" and "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC). He also made later appearances on "Will & Grace" (NBC) and "Queer as Folk" (Showtime). But he was Broadway-bound again when the call came to play "The Producers'" cross-dressing de Bris in 2000, creating such memorable comic frission with his sidekick Carmen Ghia, played by Roger Bart that, after the musical became a bona fide sensation, both actors were drafted to reprise their roles in the 2005 feature film.

EDUCATION

Old Dominion University

Norfolk , Virginia
attended for one year

North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem , North Carolina 1970
graduated

Groveton High School

Alexandria , Virginia 1966
joined the Thespians

Milestones

2005

Reprised the role of Roger DeBris, for the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "The Producers"

2005

Earned a Tony award nomination for his performance in the broadway musical, "La Cage aux Folles"

2001

Cast as Roger De Bris, the beyond-flamboyant director who gets to go on as Hitler in Mel Brooks' Broadway musical, "The Producers"

1997

Returned once again to play Lumiére in "Beauty and the Beast"

1994

Earned his first Tony Award nomination as the candelabra, Lumiere in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

1991

Appeared as a car salesman in the Albert Brooks' comedy "Defending Your Life"

1986

Cast in the theatrical production of "Legends!" playing a young producer who cons two over-the-hill actresses who have a long-standing feud, into coming together for a new play

1983

Played the role of Uncle Duke in "Doonesbury," a Broadway musical based on the popular comic strip

1981

Left the production of "Annie" to take part in "The Moony Shapiro Songbook," a musical biography of an imaginary song-writer, Moony Shapiro

1980

Took over the role of Rooster Hannigan in the broadway musical "Annie," playing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker

1970

Began touring with the road company "1776"; later joined the Broadway cast, making his Broadway debut, when most of the original cast left to make the movie of the show

Cast in the L.A. production of "Les Misérables" as Thénardier

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