Tommy Tune

Actor, Director, Choreographer
An amiable, lanky 6' 7" former chorus dancer, Tommy Tune has inherited the mantle of his mentor, the late Michael Bennett, as one of the few director-choreographers working in contemporary American theater. He is ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1939 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

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

Actor

Love Letter to New York 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

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

Performer

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin: The Voice of the City 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 Miss USA Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Presidential Inaugural Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Celebrating Gershwin 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (07/16/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1986 Miss USA Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1984 Miss USA Pageant 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boy Friend 1971 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

The Golddiggers in London 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

Ambrose Kemper (Actor)

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Presenter
Music (1)

Evening at Pops (07/16/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Biography

An amiable, lanky 6' 7" former chorus dancer, Tommy Tune has inherited the mantle of his mentor, the late Michael Bennett, as one of the few director-choreographers working in contemporary American theater. He is unique, however, in that he is also a musical theater star. In fact, Tune, who has won nine Tony Awards, is the only individual to have won the medallion in four different categories. Born and raised in Texas, Tune headed to NYC in the early 1960s and on his first day in Manhattan landed his first job in the chorus of a touring company of "Irma La Douce". He first worked with Michael Bennett as a chorus dancer in the Broadway show "A Joyful Noise" (1966) and had his breakthrough under Bennett's guidance, playing the first openly gay character in a musical, the choreographer David in "Seesaw" (1973-74). Tune won his first Tony as Featured Actor in a Musical for the role, which had him tap dancing to a New York State statute ("Chapter 54, Number 1909") and provided him with the showstopping, balloon-filled eleven-o'clock number "It's Not Where You Start".

Relationships

Michel Stuart

Companion
died on September 7, 1997 at age 54 in an automobile accident in Malibu, CA acted and danced in the London production of "West Side Story" and originated the role of Greg in "A Chorus Line" while it was being workshopped, and later at NY's Public Theater and on Broadway designed clothes for Giorgio Sant'Angelo and for such Tommy Tune-directed Broadway productions as "Cloud 9" and "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine" Stuart also was a producer of "Cloud 9", "Nine" and "The Tap Dance Kid

Jim Tune

Father
born c. 1900, died in 1975 of diverticulitis

Eva Tune

Mother
died of cancer in 1989 at age 82

Grace Tune

Sister
born on May 17, 1949

Nell Tune

Sister
born c. 1929

David Wolfe

Companion
together from c. 1983 until his death from complications from AIDS on December 25, 1994

EDUCATION

Lon Morris College

Jacksonville , Texas 1958 - 1959

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1962

University of Houston

Houston , Texas 1962 - 1963
postgraduate study

Emmamae Horn School of Dance

Houston , Texas

Milestones

2001

Performed with The Manhattan Rhythm Kings in a touring stage show

1999

Succeeded David Cassidy as the star of the Las Vegas musical "EFX"

1998

Announced to play the lead, direct, co-author book and choreograph stage musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" to co-star Sandy Duncan; production cancelled

1997

Released first solo album "Slow Dancing"

1997

Published his memoirs "Footnotes"

1995

Broke foot on tour forcing cancellation of Broadway-bound musical "Busker Alley" (formerly called "Stage Door Charley"

1994

Had first Broadway flop with the sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public"

1993

Performed his nightclub act "Tommy Tune Tonight!", with the Manhattan Rhythm Kings

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1991

Co-starred with Ann Reinking in a touring company of "Bye Bye Birdie"

1991

Staged and choreographed "The Will Rogers Follies"; earned eighth and ninth Tony Awards; show also named Best Musical

1990

Choreographed and directed the musical "Grand Hotel"; won sixth and seventh Tony Awards

1990

Did uncredited staging of Shirley MacLaine's number "I'm Still Here" in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge"

1987

Had first failure as director with the play "Stepping Out"

1983

Played the leading role in the of musical "My One and Only", a reworking of the Gershwin musical "Funny Face" co-starring Twiggy; also directed and co-choreographed with Thommie Walsh; won Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography (his

1982

Staged the stage musical "Nine", based on Fellini's "8 1/2"; show received five Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Tune's third)

1980

Directed and co-choreographed (with Walsh) "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine"; won second Tony Award

1978

Co-directed (with Peter Masterson) and co-choreographed (with Thommie Walsh) the stage musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1976

Off-Broadway directorial debut, "The Club"

1973

Breakthrough stage role as the homosexual choreographer David in Michael Bennett's production of "Seesaw"; won first Tony Award

1970

Had featured role in Ken Russell's film "The Boy Friend"; co-starred with Twiggy

1968

Choreographed US tour of musical "Canterbury Tales"

1968

Film debut as Ambrose Kemper in "Hello, Dolly!", directed by Gene Kelly

1968

Regular on the NBC variety series, "Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers"

1966

First collaboration with Michael Bennett, a chorus role in "A Joyful Noise"

1965

Broadway debut, in chorus of musical "Baker Street"

Born and raised in Texas

Began studying dance as a child

Moved to NYC; on his first day in Manhattan, auditioned for and was cast in a touring company of "Irma La Douce". starring Genevieve

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