Harvey Fierstein - Rotten Tomatoes

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
79% 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
88% 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
60% 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
96% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Sid Loomis
1994
71% Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Frank
1993
No Score Yet The Harvest
  • Bob
1993
71% Torch Song Trilogy
  • ArnoldArnold Beckoff
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1988
No Score Yet Tidy Endings
  • Screenwriter
  • Arthur
1988
No Score Yet Apology (Apology for Murder)
  • Derelict
1986
100% The Times of Harvey Milk
  • Narrator
1984
20% Garbo Talks
  • Bernie Whitlock
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Francis Flamm
  • 2011
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • John Decker
  • 2010
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
  • 2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1990

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