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Born Thomas James Tune on the 28th February 1939, in Wichita Falls, Texas USA, Tommy is an actor, choreographer, dancer, theatre director and producer, who has won ten Tony Awards over the course of his respective careers that started in the mid- 1960s. Some of his credits include directing and choreographing “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1978), “Grand Hotel” (1989), and “The Will Rogers Follies” (1991), among many other productions.

Have you ever wondered how rich Tommy Tune is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Tune’s net worth is as high as $20 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.

Tommy Tune Net Worth $20 Million

Tommy is the son of Jim Tune, restaurateur, oil rig worker and horse trainer, and Eva Mae Clark. Tommy went to Lamar High School, located in Houston, after which he entered the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. Soon he became interested in dancing, and attended dance lessons under Patsy Swayze, while also taking lessons from Kit Andree in Boulder, Colorado.

He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from the University of Texas at Austin, and then furthered his education at the University of Houston, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Directing. After finished college, Tommy moved to New York to pursue his career.

His first ever performance was on Broadway, in the musical “Baker Street” in 1965, but until the mid- ‘70s, he just couldn’t catch a break. All that changed in 1974 when he performed in the musical “Seesaw”, for which he won his first Tony Award in the category Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. Four years later, Tommy served as director and choreographer for the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, and continued with the musical comedy “A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine” (1980), which garnered him new prestigious awards, including the Tony Award in category Best Choreography, and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, among others. Two years later he was the director of the musical “Nine”, for which he won his third Tony Award, this time for Best Direction of a Musical, and the following year he was the choreographer for the musical “My One and Only”, and was also the lead actor in the musical. This won him two more Tony Awards, in categories Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, and Best Choreography. Throughout the ‘80s he was also credited as director of “Stepping Out” in 1987, and also as director and choreographer of “Grand Hotel” (1989), with the latter winning him Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography, his sixth and seventh Tonys.

Tommy continued successfully into the ‘90s, firstly directing and choreographing “The Will Rogers Follies” in 1991, for which he also won two Tony Awards – Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography – which made him the only person to win Tony Awards in the same categories in consecutive years, then performed in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1992, while in 1994 he was director and choreographer of the sequel of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, entitled “The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public”, and he was also the production supervisor of the revival of “Grease” in the same year.

Since the start of the new millennium, Tommy’s presence on the stage lessened, but he still made appearance in such productions as “Song and Dance Man” (2002), “White Tie and Tails” (2002) and “Paparazzi” (2003), while also performing in his own musical revue, entitled “Steps in Time: A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance” (2008-2009). Most recently, he made a stage return in City Center’s series “Encores”, and in 2015, he was presented with a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Apart from stage, Tommy has also had success on the screen; he made his debut in the musical comedy “Hello, Dolly” (1969), starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford, and the same year he started appearing in the Dean Martin Show, and then its replacement “Dean Martin Presents The Golddiggers”. In 1971 he had a minor role in the musical “The Boy Friend”, with Twiggy, Christopher Gable and Max Adrian in the lead roles. Until the late ‘80s, he didn’t appear again on screen, but then in 1988 made a comeback in the TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”, as Sir Thomas. Most recently, he portrayed Argyle Austero in the sitcom “Arrested Development” (2013).

Regarding his personal life, Tommy is openly gay, and through his adult life was in a relationship with David Wolfe, a stage manager who died of AIDS in 1994, and then with Michael Stuart, who passed away in 1997.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arrested Development2013TV SeriesArgyle Austero
The City1996TV SeriesJason
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1988TV SeriesSir Thomas
Mimì Bluette... fiore del mio giardino1976
The Boy Friend1971Tommy
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesErnie Lewis / Carnival Barker
Hello, Dolly!1969Ambrose Kemper

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arrested Development2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV Special performer: "Look Around"
Great Performances2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 49th Annual Tony Awards1995TV Special performer: "Busker Alley"
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV Special performer: "Rosie"
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV Special performer: "Sing Happy", "Once In Love With Amy"
The Boy Friend1971"The Boy Friend" / performer: "Won't You Charleston with Me?", "Sur Le Plage"
Hello, Dolly!1969performer: "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" 1964, "Dancing" 1964, "Finale" Medley 1964 - uncredited
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers1969TV Series performer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Will Rogers Follies1991TV Movie choreographer / director of the stage version
The Dean Martin Show1971TV Series assistant to the choreographer - 1 episode

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1975TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nine2009special thanks
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2015 Tony Awards2015TV MovieHimself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award & Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
Show People with Paul Wontorek2015TV SeriesHimself
Spotlight on Broadway2013TV SeriesHimself
Fashion News Live2005-2013TV SeriesHimself
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life2012DocumentaryHimself
Vine Talk2011TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1970's2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical2009Video documentaryHimself
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History2008Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Memorial Tribute
Great Performances1987-2005TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
50th Annual Drama Desk Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHimself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Choreography
The 49th Annual Tony Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Happy Birthday, George Gershwin!1995TV MovieHimself
Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling1993TV MovieHimself - Host
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
CBS This Morning1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Winner: Best Direction of a Musical & Best Choreography
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Children's Miracle Network Telethon1990TV Special
America's Dance Honors1990TV SpecialHimself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Direction of a Musical & Best Choreography
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress & Actor in a Musical
5th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame1989TV SpecialHimself - Dancer
Presidential Inaugural Gala1989TV MovieHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1988TV SpecialHimself
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular1988TV SpecialHimself
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration1988TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
All-Star Salute to Ford's Theater1986TV MovieHimself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1983TV SpecialHimself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Performer, Nominee: Best Direction of a Musical & Winner: Best Actor in a Musical & Best Choreography
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Direction of a Musical & Nominee: Best Choreography
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Choreography & Nominee: Best Direction of a Musical
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Choreography & Best Direction of a Musical
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Dancer
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1975TV SeriesHimself
Welcome to the World1975TV MovieHimself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973TV SeriesHimself
This Is the West This Week1972TV SeriesHimself
All Talking... All Singing... All Dancing1971Short documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameLive PerformanceAwarded on August 12, 1993 at 1777 Vine Street


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#Fact
1As a joke he often says that he is 5'18½" tall.
2Was the mentor of Broadway actress/singer Susan Egan. While performing in the revival of "Bye, Bye Birdie" he told her how much he loved the way she sang her first song and would often sing along with her as a vocal warm-up while he was in a costume change. The song was "How Lovely To Be A Woman". Although Egan considered that to be a great compliment she could not get the image of him singing that song in his underwear backstage out of her mind.
3In the title role of Doctor Dolittle at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. [January 2006]
4He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 1777 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
5Sister, Gracey Tune, is an award-winning dancer and owner of a popular multi-arts studio in Fort Worth, Texas.
6Attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas.
7Tommy and Sandy Duncan tried to put a musical version of the classic MGM film Easter Parade (1948) together but it never got off the ground. What they did do is star in "Two for the Show" in 1998. They presented a double bill of their musical touring acts into a single evening. Tommy took the first act and Sandy Duncan most of the second act. They then joined for the big finale which showed some of their numbers from the abandoned "Easter Parade". Tune worked with Duncan before -- in "My One and Only" in 1985 and, before that, as a 19-year-old dance partner to the 12 year old Duncan in Texas.
8His autobiography, Footnotes (1997), details his personal relationships with stage manager David Wolfe, who died of AIDS in 1994, and actor/costumer Michael Stuart (1943-1997), with whom Tune lived for seven years.
9In Houston, Texas, the Tommy Tune Award recognizes excellence in high school musical theater.
10Once worked as assistant choreographer on TV's The Dean Martin Show (1965).
11His dream of playing Las Vegas finally came true in 1999 when he debuted as the star of EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel.
12In 1991, he was inducted by Gwen Verdon into the Theatre Hall of Fame in Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, and three years later was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
13Recipient of eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards, Dance Magazine's Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 1990 American Dance Award (presented by the National Academy of Dance); the 1990 Drama League Musical Theatre Award for Direction and Choreography; the Astaire Award in both 1990 and 1991; the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement, the University of Texas' Distinguished Alumnus Award; and the Jean Cocteau International Style Award. He was also named to the Top 10 International Best Dressed List of 1992.
14He majored in drama at the University of Texas (BFA) and the University of Houston (MFA).
15Despite the fact that he and Sandy Duncan had worked so well together on stage in "My One and Only," they failed to get a theatre adaptation of the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire film classic Easter Parade (1948) off the ground in the late 1990's. This was primarily because Irving Berlin's daughters (who control his estate) were unhappy with workshop productions.
16Has won nine Tony Awards: in 1974, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical), for Seesaw;" in 1980, as Best Choreographer (with collaborator Thommie Walsh) for "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine;" in 1982, as Best Director (Musical) for "Nine;" in 1983, as Best Actor (Musical) and Best Choreographer (also shared with Walsh) for "My One and Only;" in 1990, as Best Director (Musical) and Best Choreographer, for "Grand Hotel, The Musical;" and in 1991 as Best Director (Musical) and Best Choreographer for "The Will Rogers Follies." He was also nominated five other times, for a total of 14 nominations: in 1979, as Best Director (Musical), shared with Peter Masterson, and Best Choreographer for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas;" in 1980, as Best Director (Musical) for "A Day in Holywood/A Night in the Ukraine;" in 1982, as Best Choreographer for "Nine;"and in 1983, as Best Director (Musical), again shared with Walsh, for "My One and Only." His additional record of winning four Tonys in four different categories has recently been tied by Harvey Fierstein.
17Recipient of a (USA) National Medal of Arts, 2003.

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