Daytime alum Robert LuPone has died at the age of 76 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The brother of Broadway icon Patti LuPone, he earned a Tony nomination for playing Zach in the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line and went on to found the off-Broadway company MCC Theater.
LuPone made his daytime debut as Chester Wallace on RYAN’S HOPE back in 1979. In 1983, he played Tom Bergman on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, and in 1984, joined the cast of ALL MY CHILDREN as the villainous Zach Grayson, a role which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1985 for Outstanding Supporting Actor. In 1985, he moved over to NBC to play Neal Cory on ANOTHER WORLD, then in the early ‘90s he played Charley Nichols and later Leonard Brill on LOVING. His final soap role was playing attorney Leo Flynn on CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT.
On stage, LuPone appeared in shows like A Thousand Clowns, True West, A View From the Bridge, Late Night Comic, Saint Joan, and The Magic Show. He also produced Frozen and Reasons to Be Pretty, both of which were nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
The actor also appeared in primetime series like THE SOPRANOS, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, SEX AND THE CITY, CROSSING JORDAN, GOSSIP GIRL, SMASH, and THE AFFAIR.
Our thoughts are with LuPone’s family and friends during this difficult time.