Latessa in the play The Miracle at Naples in 2009
September 15, 1929|
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||December 19, 2016 (aged 87)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
Richard Robert "Dick" Latessa (September 15, 1929 – December 19, 2016) was a Tony Award-winning American stage, film, and television actor.
He made his Broadway debut in The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N in 1968. His subsequent theatre credits include Follies, Rags, The Cherry Orchard, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Awake and Sing!, Cabaret, The Will Rogers Follies and Hairspray, for which he won both the Tony- and Drama Desk awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2012, he appeared opposite Linda Lavin in the Nicky Silver drama, The Lyons.
Latessa was featured in several Neil Simon plays, including Chapter Two, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Rumors and Proposals. He was featured in the 2010 revival of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David musical, Promises, Promises as Dr. Dreyfuss.
Film and television career
Latessa's screen credits include The Substance of Fire, Alfie, and Stigmata. He appeared in numerous television movies, including Izzy and Moe, The Trial of Bernhard Goetz, and Pudd'nhead Wilson, and such primetime series as Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, Ironside, Spenser: For Hire, The Sopranos, Ed and Law & Order. He is widely known as the second and most recognized actor to play Noel Douglas on The Edge of Night. He later played Neil on One Life to Live.
Awards and nominations
|2003||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Musical||Hairspray||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Won|
- "Dick Latessa Biography". Filmreference. 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- "Dick Latessa, a Broadway Veteran & Tony Winner for Hairspray, Dies at 87". broadway.com. December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- Chris Kompanek (April 19, 2012). "Dick Latessa Lies Down With The Lyons". Theatermania. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- Kenneth Jones (February 4, 2010). "Promises, Promises Will Also Star Latessa, Hingston, Benson; Complete Cast Announced". Playbill. Retrieved May 6, 2012.