Dick Latessa Biography

Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Gender: Male

Latessa was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother was an automotive upholstery maker. He made his Broadway debut in The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N in 1968. Additional theatre credits include Follies, Rags, The Cherry Orchard, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Awake and Sing!, Cabaret, and Hairspray, for which he won both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Throughout the years he also has been featured in several Neil Simon plays, including Chapter Two, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Rumors, and Proposals.

Latessa's screen credits include The Substance of Fire, Alfie, and Stigmata. He has appeared in numerous television movies, including Izzy and Moe, The Trial of Bernhard Goetz, and Pudd'nhead Wilson, and primetime series such Get Smart, Mission: Impossible, Ironside, Spenser: For Hire, The Sopranos, Ed, and Law & Order.

Dick Latessa Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Dick Latessa, Promises, Promises
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Dick Latessa , Hairspray
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Dick Latessa, Hairspray
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical
Dick Latessa, Hairspray
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production
Dick LatessaCabaret
Obie Awards - 1975 - Performance
Dick Latessa, Philemon