Robert LuPone dead at 76: The Sopranos actor and brother of Broadway star Patti dies after battle with pancreatic cancer | The Sun
ROBERT LuPone, a TV veteran who famously appeared on The Sopranos and in numerous Broadway shows, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
LuPone, the brother of famous Broadway actor Patti LuPone, was 76 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, LuPone graduated from The Juilliard School in 1968 with a degree in dance.
That same year, he made his Broadway debut in Noel Coward's Sweet Potato.
LuPone appeared in a number of Broadway shows throughout his career, including the original production of A Chorus Line, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination.
His other Broadway credits include Minnie’s Boys, The Rothschilds, The Magic Show, A View from the Bridge, True West, and A Thousand Clowns, among others.
On television, LuPone famously appeared on multiple soap operas, including Guiding Light and All My Children, the latter earning him a Daytime Emmy nomination.
On The Sopranos, LuPone appeared as Tony Soprano's neighbor and doctor, Dr. Bruce “Cooze” Cusamano.
He played Len Schneider, Samantha Jones' neighbor, on Sex and the City.
LuPone also helped form Manhattan Class Company in the 1980s, known today as MCC Theater.
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MCC is known to produce plays and musicals and has been responsible for bringing shows like Hand to God and the Pultizer Prize-winning Wit to Broadway.
LuPone served as MCC's co-artistic director for close to 40 years.
In addition, LuPone was the Director of the New School for Drama's MFA Drama Program from 2005-2011.
He was also the President of A.R.T / New York's Board of Directors.
In addition to his sister, LuPone leaves behind a wife, son, and brother, William.
'GIANT OF AMERICAN THEATER'
LuPone has been remembered by many within the theater community in the wake of his passing.
MCC released a lengthy statement, calling LuPone "a force, an advocate," and "deeply wise."
The statement also shares that LuPone offered a perspective that "has animated every decision we’ve ever made."
"For many of us, Bob created a sense of community that we had not yet found in New York, and we have treasured ever since."
Broadway actor Donna Murphy wrote: "An incredible man and artistic force. May you rest in peace and power #BobLupone Thank you for all you’ve given us. My deepest condolences to all your family & loved ones."
"Heartbreaking news about Bob LuPone. I’ve worked on and off for MCC since 2015 and though our paths and departments only crossed every now and then, he was always a warm and invigorating presence in the space. A giant of American theater," wrote Andrew Clark.
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