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Harvey Fierstein

Highest Rated:   100% Superstar in a Housedress (2004)
Lowest Rated:   0% Mulan II (2003)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
A graduate of the Pratt Institute, actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein made his off-Broadway debut in something called Pork. Outspokenly homosexual, Fierstein has successfully smashed previous "gay" stereotypes with his deep, ratchety voice and his engaging "You got a problem with that?" belligerence. In 1982, Fierstein wrote and starred in the stage play Torch Song Trilogy, a bittersweet three-part comedy concerning the homosexual experience in the AIDS era; the play won two Tony Awards and became one of the longest-running Broadway productions in history, toting up 1,222 performances. Fierstein repeated his stage characterization of Arnold Beckoff for the heavily rewritten and severely shortened 1988 movie version of Torch Song Trilogy. The actor's crossover performances in mainstream roles have often been quite successful, notably his appearance as the likable cosmetician brother of Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). In 1994, Fierstein co-starred in the short-lived TV series Daddies' Girls, unfortunately lapsing into some of the clich├ęd gay mannerisms which he had so successfully avoided in his previous work. He was part of the ensemble in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, and had a part in the smash sci-fi action spectacle Independence Day. He went on to be in the drubbed Death to Smoochy, Duplex, and a series of animated projects that include Mulan II and Foodfight!

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
  • Actor
2019
76% Hairspray Live!
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers
  • Esmerelda
2016
91% The Wiz Live!
  • Screenwriter
2015
No Score Yet Foodfight!
  • Fat Cat Burglar
2012
89% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins
  • Sheila
2007
No Score Yet The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Heat Miser
2006
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
2005
100% Superstar in a Housedress
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Broadway: The American Musical
  • Actor
2004
35% Duplex
  • Kenneth
2003
0% Mulan II
  • Yao
2003
42% Death to Smoochy
  • Merv Green
$8.4M 2002
No Score Yet Common Ground
  • Don
  • Screenwriter
2000
64% Playing Mona Lisa
  • Bennett
2000
No Score Yet Double Platinum
  • Gary
1999
No Score Yet Jump
  • Actor
1999
57% Safe Men
  • Good Stuff Leo
1998
86% Mulan
  • Yao
1998
26% Kull the Conqueror
  • Juba
1997
No Score Yet Stories from My Childhood
  • Actor
1996
25% Everything Relative
  • The Moyle
1996
65% Independence Day
  • Marty Gilbert
1996
96% The Celluloid Closet
  • Interviewee
1996
No Score Yet Elmo Saves Christmas
  • Easter Bunny
1996
14% Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
  • Yves
1995
97% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Sid Loomis
1994
72% Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Frank
1993
No Score Yet The Harvest
  • Bob
1993
74% Torch Song Trilogy
  • ArnoldArnold Beckoff
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1988
No Score Yet Tidy Endings
  • Arthur
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet Apology (Apology for Murder)
  • Derelict
1986
95% The Times of Harvey Milk
  • Narrator
1984
13% Garbo Talks
  • Bernie Whitlock
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
  • The Gourmand
  • 2019
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Francis Flamm
  • 2011
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • John Decker
  • 2010
71% Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
  • 2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
  • Actor
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • Actor
  • 1997
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • Mark Newberger
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Stan Hatter
  • 1992
85% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1990
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
  • Benedict
  • 1986
No Score Yet Daddy's Girls
1994
  • Dennis Dumont

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