Dick Latessa Biography (1930?-)

Born c. 1930; raised in Cleveland, OH; mother, an automotive upholstery maker; children: Gina.

Birth Details
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Giovanni Pastora, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N (musical), Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Major domo and understudy for Gene Nelson, Follies (musical), Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1971-1972
  • Clown, Philemon, off-Broadway production, c. 1975
  • Nicolo Polo, Marco Polo, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1976-1977
  • Leo Schneider, Chapter Two, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1978-1979
  • Renzo, Passione, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Herb, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New YorkCity, 1980-1981
  • Myron Berger, Awake and Sing!, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1984
  • Diamonds, Circle in the Square Downtown, New York City, 1984-1985
  • Crossing the Bar, 1985
  • Jack Jerome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, New York City, 1985-1986
  • Avram Cohen, Rags (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Jack, Broadway Bound, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, between 1986 and 1988
  • Ernie Cusak, Rumors, Broadhurst Theatre, between 1988 and 1990
  • Clem Rogers, The Will Rogers Follies (musical), Palace Theatre, New York City, between 1991 and 1993
  • Daniel Shannon, Man in His Underwear, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Captain Jack Boyle, Juno, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 1992-1993
  • Whitey McCoy, Sophistry, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1993
  • Van Buren, Damn Yankees (musical), Marquis Theatre, New York City,1994-1995
  • Carl, Fit to Be Tied, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, 1996
  • Dr. Michel, Du Barry Was a Lady (concert performance), City CenterTheatre, New York City, 1996
  • Senex, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (musical), St. James Theatre, New York City, between 1996 and 1998
  • Dr. Dreyfuss, Promises, Promises (concert performance), City Center Theatre, 1997
  • Burt Hines, Proposals, Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Centerfor the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1997, then Broadhurst Theatre, 1997-1998
  • Nunzio Christano, Over the River and through the Woods, John Houseman Theatre, New York City, between 1998 and 2000
  • Herr Schultz, Cabaret (musical), Roundabout Theatre Company, Wilshire Theatre, Los Angeles, 1999, also Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, and KitKat Klub, New York City
  • Ron, Chaucer in Rome, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Heart Song: The Heroes' Concert (two benefit performances), BottomLine, New York City, 2001
  • Wilbur Turnblad, Hairspray (musical), Fifth Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA, 2002, then Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, beginning 2002
  • Broadway Barks 5 (benefit performance), Shubert Alley, New York City, 2003
  • Appeared as Hucklebee, The Fantasticks (musical), Sullivan StreetPlayhouse, New York City; appeared in The King and I and L'il Abner, City Center Theatre; appeared in The King and I and other productions in Ohio; appeared in Encores!; performed at the Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA, and the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Noel Douglas, The Edge of Night, CBS, 1975, then ABC, 1975-1976
  • Mike Duffy, True Blue, NBC, 1989-1991
  • Neil Hayes, One Life to Live, ABC, 1997
  • Movies
  • Fred, The Family Man, CBS, 1979
  • Charlie, A Question of Honor, CBS, 1982
  • The Neighborhood (also known as Breslin's Neighborhood), NBC, 1982
  • Mr. Pugliese, Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer, CBS, 1983
  • "Boss" Tom Messenger, Out of the Darkness, CBS, 1985
  • Lieutenant Murphy, Izzy and Moe, CBS, 1985
  • Malcolm Sterling, Rockabye, CBS, 1986
  • Jack Karney, Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story (also known as Shattered Trust), NBC, 1993
  • Joe Ciccilone, Thicker Than Blood, TNT, 1998
  • Specials
  • Paul Wescott, And They All Lived Happily Ever After, 1981
  • Creech, Pudd'nhead Wilson, PBS, 1984
  • Charles Hirsch, The Trial of Bernhard Goetz, PBS, 1988
  • Coach Schneider, Over the Limit, ABC, 1990
  • Appeared in Philemon, PBS.
  • Episodic
  • Woodman, "One Nation Invisible," Get Smart, NBC, 1968
  • General Tamaar, "Nitro," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1969
  • "Resurrection," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1985
  • George Kendrick, "Personal Demons," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987
  • Admiral Miles Coty, "Conduct Unbecoming," Law & Order, NBC, 1993
  • Dr. Kyle Rose, "Mairmaids Strike Better," Central Park West (alsoknown as CPW), CBS, 1996
  • Dr. Kyle Rose, "You Belong to Me!," Central Park West (also knownas CPW), CBS, 1996
  • "Judgement in LA: D-Girl," Law & Order, NBC, 1997
  • Mr. Dunn, "Just the Three of Us," Soul Man, ABC, 1998
  • Mr. Dunn, "Raising Heck," Soul Man, ABC, 1998
  • Ike Munro, Talk to Me, ABC, 2000
  • Father L'Oiseau, "The Army of One," The Sopranos, HBO, 2001
  • Jerry Waldrop, "Closure," Ed, NBC, 2001
  • Bishop Burning, "The Collar," Law & Order, NBC, 2002
  • Bishop Burning, "Under God," Law & Order, NBC, 2003
  • Played Mr. Giamelli in "Surprise! I Hate Your Friend!," an unaired episode of Working It Out, NBC.
  • Pilots
  • Conti, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" (original pilot for series), Law& Order, CBS, aired as an episode of series on NBC, 1990
  • Gus, The Circle Game, ABC, 1993
  • Film Appearances
  • Cul-de-Sac, 1995
  • Mr. McCormack, Sr., The Substance of Fire, Miramax, 1996
  • Mr. Mayhew, Better Than Ever, Panorama Entertainment, 1997
  • Father Gianni Delmonico, Stigmata, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • Uncle Leo, The Event, ThinkFilm, 2003
  • Albums; Original Cast Recordings
  • The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Sony, 1991
  • Hairspray, Sony, 2002

Further Reference


    • Theatermania.com, http://www.theatermania.com, July 20, 2000

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