Bob LuPone Dies, Leader of MCC Theater was 76

Actor Bob LuPone, who founded the off-Broadway MCC Theatre and was nominated for a Tony, passed away.

He was 76. Patti LuPone's brother had fought pancreatic cancer for three years.

LuPone was born on July 29, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, to housewife Angela Louise (also known as Pat) and school principal Orlando Joseph LuPone.

LuPone was recommended to audition by a friend, which he improvised, and was subsequently accepted to Juilliard. In 1968, he would earn a BFA in dance.

He obtained his first employment in 1966 as a member of the cast of The Pajama Game starring Liza Minnelli.

His Broadway debut occurred in 1968's Noel Coward's Sweet Potato, and he later made appearances in The Rothschilds, The Magic Show, and Minnie's Boys.

LuPone is survived by his wife Virginia, his son Orlando, sister Patti, brother William.