Top Stories

Dick Latessa Dead - 'Hairspray' Actor Dies at 87

Dick Latessa Dead - 'Hairspray' Actor Dies at 87

Dick Latessa, known for his Tony-winning performance as Wilbur Turnblad in the original Broadway production of Hairspray, has died at the age of 87.

The actor’s death was announced by the Broadway League’s Tony Awards website on Monday night (December 19).

“He owned the part,” Hairspray producer Margo Lion said in a statement. “He was the real thing – a generous, big-hearted artist whose talent and professionalism were a model for making a full life in the theater.”

Harvey Fierstein, who played Dick‘s on-stage wife Edna in Hairspray, took to Twitter to share, “We lost the 1 & only Dick Latessa & my heart is broken. Still, for 1,000 performances I had the best partner ever.”

Our thoughts go out to Dick‘s family and friends during this difficult time.

Just Jared on Facebook
Credit: Joseph Marzullo; Photos: WENN
Posted to: Dick Latessa, RIP

JJ Links Around The Web

WENN
  • Frank Ocean wins defamation lawsuit case against his dad - TMZ
  • Vanessa Hudgens has turned into the queen of Halloween - Just Jared Jr
  • Twitter's convinced that Melania Trump is using a body double - TooFab
  • Eva Longoria will be hosting a fundraiser for Mexico earthquake relief - The Hollywood Reporter
  • The stars of Dance Moms are going on tour - Just Jared Jr
  • fannie.bautista

    I’ve earned $84 ,000 by far now working on the internet moreover I am a full time university student . I’m utilizing a home based business marketing opportunity I heard of and in addition I’ve earned such type of great money . It is actually extremely so easy to use not to mention I am just so satisfied that I found out about that . The possibility using this is end-less . Here’s what I do>>> http://secure59.weebly.com