Robert “Bob” LuPone, an actor and legendary figure in New York City theatre, passed away this week. LuPone, the brother of the actress Patti LuPone, established the MCC Theatre, a legendary off-Broadway institution. According to Deadline, the theatre announced his passing on Friday.
The MCC Theatre community mourns the passing of Bob LuPone, who was a much-loved and incredibly inspirational partner, colleague, and close friend. Bob LuPone led a daring life filled with curiosity, comedy, and a limitless desire for human connection.
He also had a lot of heart. He will be greatly missed forever, the statement said. After reportedly battling pancreatic cancer for three years, LuPone, who was 76, reportedly passed away. His wife Virginia, son Orlando, sister Patti, and brother William all survive him.
LuPone was reared on Long Island along with his siblings after being born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother was in charge of the library at the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, while his father was a teacher of English and the principal of Walt Whitman High School in Huntington.
LuPone apparently had a passion for the arts at a young age, especially dancing, which he studied at Julliard School before deciding to pursue a career on Broadway. In 1966, LuPone had his first paid acting gig in a performance of The Pyjama Game starring Liza Minnelli.
Years later, he continued to play live, with accolades that included the 1976 A Chorus Line staging for which he received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
In the meantime, LuPone started performing in films in 1970 and on TV in 1976. He gained notoriety for playing Dr. Bruce Cusamano in five episodes of The Sopranos, in which he appeared repeatedly throughout the show’s run. Among other notable TV performances, he also appeared on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The most well-known actor is perhaps LuPone because of his involvement in soap operas. He briefly appeared on Guiding Light in 1990, and from 1984 to 1985, he appeared on All My Children. He was a Daytime Emmy nominee for his work on All My Children.
The most important work LuPone has produced may not have been for the theatre or the movie. Throughout his many years of teaching acting lessons, he also created some well-regarded shows. The younger sister of LuPone has not yet spoken out in the media about his passing. On social media, his work is being memorialized by a large following and friends.