Robert “Sway” LuPone, the Tony and Emmy selected entertainer ostensibly most popular for his part in hit TV show “The Sopranos,” has passed on at 76 years old.
He kicked the bucket on Saturday following a three-year fight with pancreatic malignant growth, said the Manhattan Class Company (MCC) Theater, the persuasive off-Broadway theater organization which LuPone helped to establish and filled in as a co-imaginative chief.
“He is made due by his significant other, Virginia, his child Orlando, sister Patti, and sibling William. He is additionally made due by the significant effect he had on us,” the MCC said. His sister, Patti LuPone, is a Tony grant winning entertainer and Broadway star.
Brought into the world in 1946 in Brooklyn, LuPone learned at the Juilliard School before he got his most memorable expert work in 1966, in the troupe of the Westbury Music Fair’s creation of “The Pajama Game” featuring Liza Minnelli, the MCC said.
After two years, he made his Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s “Yam.” He proceeded to turn into a little screen #1 with jobs on TV shows including “Partner McBeal,” “Regulation and Order,” and “Sex and the City.”
However, his most eminent TV job came in 1999 when he was given a role as Dr. Bruce Cusamano, the neighbor and family specialist of mobster Tony Soprano (played James Gandolfini) on the HBO hit “The Sopranos.”
Last August, he uncovered during an appearance on the “Talking Sopranos” web recording that he put together the Cusamano character with respect to a specialist he recently played in a theater creation and basically matured him.
“I had forever been playing a terrible Italian person assuming you will and I had that in my spirit,” he said.
The TV veteran was named for a Daytime Emmy grant for his work on “Every one of My Children,” and got a Tony selection for his presentation as Zach in the first run of “A Chorus Line.”
LuPone spent a lot of his later profession zeroed in on theater improvement and training, opening the MCC Theater close by Bernard Telsey and William Cantler.
Under his authority, the MCC Theater delivered shows including “School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play,” “Frozen” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Mind,” the theater said.
Honoring Lupone in a proclamation shared on the MCC site, co-imaginative chiefs Telsey and Cantler recalled that him as “a power, a promoter, complex in the most extravagant ways, spilling over with a young excitement, and profoundly savvy as he searched in to our spirits. He was our closest companion.”