Harvey Forbes Fierstein was born on the 6th June 1954, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is an actor and playwright, probably still best recognized for starring in the role of Arnold Beckoff in his own play “Torch Song Trilogy” (1983), and portraying Edna Turnblad in the musical “Hairspray” (2003) among others. He is also known as the author of several books. His career has been active since the early 1970s.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Harvey Fierstein is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Harvey’s net worth is over $2 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry.
Harvey Fierstein Net Worth $2 Million
Harvey Fierstein hails from a Jewish family; he is the younger son of Irving Fierstein, who worked as a handkerchief manufacturer, and Jacqueline Harriet, who was a school librarian; his brother is film producer Ronald K. Fierstein. While in high school, he was very interested in writing, so he attended creative writing classes. Beside that, he also wanted to become an actor, so he performed at a number of small clubs. Upon matriculation, he enrolled at Pratt University, graduating with a BFA degree in 1973.
Harvey’s career began when he made his debut in the play “Pork” (1971) at New York’s La Mama Experimental Theater Club. Subsequently, he started to write his own plays, and the first one was performed at La Mama in the following year, entitled “International Stud”, which marked the beginning of an increase of his net worth. By the end of the decade, Harvey had written such plays as “Fugue In A Nursery” and “Widows And Children First” among others.
In 1982, Harvey decided to form a new play called “Torch Song Trilogy”, from three previous plays – “International Stud”, “Furgue In A Nursery”, and “Widows And Children First”. In the play he starred as Arnold Beckoff and it had enormous success as he won Tony Awards for Best Play and for Best Actor in a Play, also two Drama Desk Awards and the Theatre World Award. The play was later adapted into the film, which added a considerable amount to his net worth. During the same decade, he won another Tony Award for his book for “La Cage Aux Folles” (1983), in the category for Best Book of a Musical. Parallel with his activity in theater, Harvey also appeared on screens in such TV series and film titles as “Garbo Talks” (1984), portraying Bernie Whitlock, “Miami Vice” (1986), and “Tidy Endings” (1988).
In the 1990s, Harvey continued to line up success after success, starring in a number of titles, including in the role of Bob Lakin in “The Harvest” (1992), playing Frank in “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), as Dennis Sinclair in the TV series “Daddy’s Girls” (1994), and portraying Marty Gilbert in “Independence Day” (1996), alongside Will Smith and Bill Pullman. All of these roles increased his net worth by a large margin.
The new millennium didn’t change too much for Harvey, as he became active again in the theater, playing Edna Turnblad in the musical “Hairspray” in 2002, for which he won another Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Two years later, he was cast in the role of Tevye in the musical “Fiddler On The Roof”. In 2007, he published the book for the musical “A Catered Affair”, in which he starred, winning the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical. At the same time, he was cast in such TV series and film titles as “Death To Smoochy” (2002), “The Year Without A Santa Claus” (2006), and guest-starred in “How I Met Your Mother” in 2009. All of these appearances contributed to his wealth.
To speak further about his career, Harvey wrote the book for the musical “Newsies” in 2012, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Book of a Musical, and in the following year, the book for “Kinky Boots”, which earned him 13 nominations for Tony Awards, winning six. Most recently, he appeared in the film “Hairspray Live!” (2016), and his net worth is certainly rising.
Regarding his personal life, Harvey Fierstein is openly gay; his current residence is in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Following a severe bout of depression following the break up with a lover, Fierstein wrote about the painful experience and the end result was "The International Stud", which was produced at the Theater for the New City in 1976 (later at La MaMa in 1978) with Fierstein introducing and starring as his Arnold Beckoff character, a gay man whose bisexual lover dumps him for a female. Fierstein went on to write two more plays about Arnold and introduced "Fugue in a Nursery" and "Widows and Children First!", in 1979 at La MaMa, with Fierstein again playing the lead. Eventually, Fierstein integrated the three Arnold plays into a single play, "Torch Song Trilogy", which was first presented off-off-Broadway in 1981, and the rest is history.
In the 2003 New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade, he was Mrs. Claus, dressed in drag.
With his Tony Award win for "Hairspray", along with his three previous wins, he ties with Tommy Tune for most Tony Awards for different categories.
Won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the 2003 Tony Awards for his role in the play "Hairspray".
Was known only for playing drag roles off-off Broadway (often in plays he wrote himself) until he played his first male role in Robert Patrick III's "The Haunted Host" in Boston. The play was such a personal success for him that when he had to leave the show for four days for his father's funeral, the show closed.
The essence of Fierstein's landmark "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988) was autobiographical, since he began performing as a drag queen in Manhattan clubs as early as age 15.
Has won four Tony Awards from only four nominations: two in 1983, as Best Actor (Play) and Author of Best Play for "Torch Song Trilogy", a performance he recreated in the film version of the same title, Torch Song Trilogy (1988); a third in 1984, the Book (Musical) Tony for writing the libretto of "La Cage aux Folles"; and the fourth in 2003, as Best Actor (Musical) in the Divine role of Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray". These four awards tie him with Tommy Tune for the most Tony Awards in different categories.
Gruff yet smooth voice
Actually, I think the average voice is like 70 percent tone and 30 percent noise. My voice is 95 percent noise.
[on the late Robin Williams] Robin was friend, boss, brother, inspiration. His generosity and intelligence knew no limits. Only his home planet could destroy him.
[on Torch Song Trilogy (1988)] I'm happy that we made it. Is it everything I wanted it to be? Is anything ever? I fought with [director] Paul Bogart because I had based the entire third act on a song by Big Maybelle. When we went to make the movie, Paul refused to put it in the movie. We used a beautiful Ella Fitzgerald recording of "This Time the Dream's on Me", which is very pretty, but it doesn't have that emotion. But to Paul, it did. It's life. I really am a theater person. That means you put something out there, and you let it go. Tomorrow night is a new performance.
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