One of Patti LuPone's twin older brothers, Robert LuPone performed with siblings William and Patti as The LuPone Trio during the 1960s. He made his Broadway debut in "Minnie's Boys" in 1970 and later acted onstage in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1971), as well as appearing in the 1973 film version. His role as the choreographer-director Zach in the original Broadway production of "A Chorus Line" (1975) earned him a Tony nomination as Featured Actor in a Musical, and his subsequent Broadway parts included the Dauphin in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1977) and David in "Late Night Comic" (1987). Off-Broadway he appeared as John Lennon (and other parts) in "Lennon" (1982), and he acted in Joseph Abady's world premiere of "On the Waterfront" at the Cleveland Playhouse in 1989. Like many NYC-based performers, LuPone amassed extensive credits in daytime serials but he is perhaps best recalled for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of relentless extortionist Zach Grayson on ABC's "All My Children" from 1984 to 1985 and as Roger Thorpe's sleazy attorney Leo Flynn on "Guiding Light," a part he's essayed on and off since 1991.
Though primarily a stage actor, LuPone portrayed the stockbroker who falls for Sally Kirkland's hooker with a heart of gold in "High Stakes" (1989) and played Attorney Salvatore Rizzo in "Dead Presidents" (1995), among his feature roles. On primetime TV, he essayed Andre Previn in the Fox miniseries "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story" (1995), appeared over the years in multiple episodes of the NBC series "Law & Order" and had a recurring role as Tony Soprano's next-door neighbor, Dr. Cusamano, in HBO's popular "The Sopranos." LuPone co-founded the Manhattan Class Company in 1984 and has shared executive director duties with Bernard Telsey since, not to mention helming several productions for the theater company. As for stage acting, he portrayed the puritanically stiff Hermocrates in the regional production of the musical "Triumph of Love" (1997) and on Broadway played the charming world-weary lawyer Alfieri in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" (1998) and appeared as movie producer Saul Kimmer in Sam Shepard's "True West" (2000).
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Appeared as a dancer in "Arabian Nights" at Jones Beach Theatre, Long Island, New York
Played A-Rab in NYC revival of "West Side Story"
Broadway debut, "Minnie's Boys"
Performed in NYC stage production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in "The Tooth of Crime" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre Center
Appeared in film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" as an apostle
Played Zach in the original Broadway production of "A Chorus Line"; received Tony nomination for featured actor in a musical role; toured USA as Zach in 1976
Portrayed the Dauphin in Broadway production of "Saint Joan"
Appeared as Chester Wallace on ABC's soap "Ryan's Hope"
Co-directed (with Myra Turley) "It's Me Marie" at NYC's Actors Studio
Taught acting at New York University
Appeared as John Lennon (and other parts) in Off-Broadway production of "Lennon"
Acted part of Tom Bergman on the NBC daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow"
Portrayed Zach Grayson in daytime drama "All My Children"; nominated for a 1985 Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Served as executive director (with Bernard Telsey), Manhattan Class Company (MCC), NYC
Played David in Broadway production of "Late Night Comic"
Appeared in Josephine Abady's world premiere of "On the Waterfront" at the Cleveland Playhouse
Portrayed the stockbroker who falls for Sally Kirkland's hooker with a heart of gold in "High Stakes"
Made first appearance on NBC's "Law & Order"
Helmed MCC production of "D Train"
Essayed Andre Previn in Fox miniseries, "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story"
Acted the part of Attorney Salvatore Rizzo in "Dead Presidents"
Served as choreographer of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Hartford Stage Company
Offered a wonderful stage turn as the puritanically stiff Hermocrates in the musical "Triumph of Love" in Baltimore
Played the charming, world-weary lawyer Alfieri in a NYC Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" (succeeded Stephen Spinella in the role)
Directed the play "The English Teachers"
Had recurring role as Tony Soprano's next-door neighbor, Dr. Cusamano in HBO's "The Sopranos"
Cast as lawyer Robert Kardashian in CBS miniseries, "An American Tragedy", based on Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth's book about the O J Simpson defense team; Schiller directed from screenplay by Norman Mailer
Portrayed movie producer Saul Kimmer in Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West"
Reprised role of Leo Flynn on "Guiding Light"