He studied acting at Bennington College in Vermont.
In Ang Lee's film The Wedding Banquet (1993), Lichtenstein played the partner of a gay Taiwanese man living in the United States who is forced to marry by his parents. Other credits include Streamers (1983). He produced, wrote, and directed the 2007 black comedy horror film Teeth, about the pitfalls and power of a girl as a living example of the vagina dentata myth. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews.
He is openly gay.
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- Mitchell Lichtenstein at the Internet Movie Database
- Mitchell Lichtenstein at the Internet Broadway Database
- Mitchell Lichtenstein at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
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