Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein


6/6/1954, Brooklyn, New York

Birth Name

Harvey Forbes Fierstein


Also Known As

Harvey Firestein
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Harvey Fierstein (born June 6, 1952) is a Tony-award winning actor and playwright, best known for "Torch Song Trilogy" and the stage musical "La Cage aux Folles." Born in Brooklyn, Fierstein studied painting at New York's Pratt Institute and worked as a stand-up comic and female impersonator. He…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Harvey doesn't smoke or drink.

    • In 2003, Harvey appeared (in drag) as Mrs. Claus during the New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    • In 2000, Harvey won the Humanitas Prize in the Children's Animation Category for the episode "The Sissy Duckling" in Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.

    • In 1989, Harvey was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in the category of Best Male Lead for his work in the 1988 film Torch Song Trilogy.

    • In 1986, Harvey won an Emmy at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Interview/Interviewer - Programs for his work on the 1984 film The Times of Harvey Milk.

    • Harvey was born Jewish but considers himself an Atheist.

    • Harvey stands at 6'2½" or 1.89 m.

    • In 1994, Harvey was honored with the Visibility Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

    • In 1992, Harvey was nominated for an Emmy at the Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the television series Cheers.

    • In 1989, Harvey was nominated for an ACE at the CableACE Awards in the category of Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Special
      for his role in the 1998 television special Tidy Endings.

    • Harvey Fierstein is gay.

  • Quotes

    • Harvey: You really, really, really have to love what you are going to do in theater because it is an unmerciful life. It's six days a week. It's eight performances a week. And that's doing the exact same thing over and over and over again.

    • Harvey: Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out.

    • Harvey: To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it. And if it's important to the gay youth - who are now setting the agenda - then its important to me.

    • Harvey: It's a lot of fun to play someone you don't normally think of yourself as.

    • Harvey: I burned out on AIDS and did no AIDS work for a couple of years. I was so angry that people were still getting this disease that nobody can give you - you have to go out and get it!

    • Harvey: I actually pray everyday, but I don't believe in God.

    • Harvey: Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

    • Harvey: I've never been secretive about being gay Never.

    • Harvey: The great thing about suicide is that it's not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.

    • Harvey: Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don't, or they wouldn't have to say they did.