Harvey Fierstein

Actor, Playwright
One of America's first few openly gay major celebrities, actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein (pronounced Fire-steen) didn't need to "come out" after he became famous and was never "outed" against his will. In many ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1954 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Farce of the Penguins 2006 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

Kenneth (Actor)

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway's Best 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

Merv Green (Actor)

X-Chromosome 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Matthew Broderick 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Chromosome's Animating Women 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Playing Mona Lisa 2000 (Movie)

Bennett (Actor)

Ellen 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fame L.A. 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jump 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mulan 1998 (Movie)

of Yao (Voice)

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kull the Conqueror 1997 (Movie)

Juba (Actor)

Everything Relative 1996 (Movie)

The Moyle (Actor)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

Marty Gilbert (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Daddy's Girls 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Jekyll and MS. Hyde 1995 (Movie)

Yves DuBois (Actor)

White Lies 1995 (Movie)

Art (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Sid Loomis (Actor)

State of the Union Undressed '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Conversations 1993 (Movie)

Judy (Actor)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Harvest 1993 (Movie)

Bob Lakin (Actor)

In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

Arnold Beckhoff (Actor)

Apology 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Bernie Whitlock (Actor)

The Times of Harvey Milk 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Double Platinum (TV Show)

Actor

Loving (TV Show)

Actor

The Demon Murder Case (TV Show)

Voice

The Sissy Duckling (TV Show)

Voice

Tidy Endings (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

("Torch Song Trilogy") (Play as Source Material)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tidy Endings (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Tidy Endings (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

One of America's first few openly gay major celebrities, actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein (pronounced Fire-steen) didn't need to "come out" after he became famous and was never "outed" against his will. In many ways a typical product of the post-Stonewall off-Broadway and live performance art scene of New York in the 1970s, Fierstein combined a semi-experimental, in-your-face approach with the campy nostalgia, the heart-tugging showmanship, and the conventional formats of the tearjerker, the drag revue, and the sitcom. In the process, he proved to be a key figure in promoting the idea that contemporary gay and lesbian life, with no apologies and no climactic suicides, could be a viable subject matter for contemporary drama distributed through fairly widespread venues.

Relationships

Bruce Bibby

Companion
Together from 1987-1992

Irving Fierstein

Father

Jacqueline Fierstein

Mother

Ronald Fierstein

Brother
Manages singer Shawn Colvin

Joe Grabarz

Companion
Executive director of Connecticut Civil Liberties Union

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn , New York 1973

Milestones

2011

Cast as drag diva Albin/Zaza, a role he created 25 years ago, for the Broadway revival of "La Cage aux Folles"

2008

Wrote the book to the Broadway musical, "A Catered Affair"

2005

Cast as Tevye the milkman in the Broadway revival of the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof"

2002

Had supporting role as the corrupt head of a charitable organization in "Death to Smoochy"

2000

Wrote the "Andy & Amos" segment of Showtime's "Common Ground," a drama special examining gay and lesbian life

2000

Undertook the role created by Divine in the workshop of the musical version of "Hairspray"; starred in the show when it opened on Broadway in 2002

1999

Voiced Elmer in the HBO special based on his children's book, "The Sissy Duckling"

1998

Voiced the role of Yao in Walt Disney's "Mulan"

1996

Had featured role in the blockbuster hit, "Independence Day"

1994

Co-starred in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"

1993

Played Robin Williams' makeup artist brother in "Mrs. Doubtfire"

1992

Earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Rebecca's first love on "Cheers" (NBC)

1990

Featured as the voice of Karl, Homer's assistant, in the "Simpson and Delilah" episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)

1988

Adapted one of the short-plays ("On Tidy Endings") from his stage play "Safe Sex" for the HBO TV-movie, "Tidy Endings"; also played one of the leading roles

1988

Wrote book for the Broadway musical, "Legs Diamond"

1988

First leading role in a film, the adaptation of his stage play "Torch Song Trilogy"; film also marked his producing debut

1984

Made feature acting debut in "Garbo Talks"

1984

Narrated the Oscar-winning feature documentary, "The Times of Harvey Milk"

1983

Supplied the voice of the Devil for the TV-movie, "The Demon Murder Case"

1983

Wrote first book for a Broadway musical, "La Cage aux Folles"

1982

Broadway acting debut, "Torch Song Trilogy" (also wrote play)

1976

Made first film appearance, as himself, in Rosa von Praunheim's documentary, "Underground and Emigrants"

1972

First play produced at La MaMa E.T.C., "The International Stud"; later incorporated into "Torch Song Trilogy"

1970

Made his stage acting debut at La MaMa E.T.C. in Andy Warhol's only play, "Pork's"

Began performing a drag act in local gay bars; appeared under the stage name Virginia Hamm

Bonus Trivia

.

Fierstein has received many other awards for his stage work, including the Oppenheimer, Dramatists Guild Hull/Warriner and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards.

.

He has received grants from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.

SIMILAR ARTICLES