Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

  • Highest Rated: 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Mulan II (2003)
  • Birthday: Jun 6, 1952
  • 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 clichéd 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

100% 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
71% Mrs. Doubtfire Frank 1993
No Score Yet The Harvest Bob 1993
74% Torch Song Trilogy Arnold Arnold 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

86% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
The Gourmand
  • 2019
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
96% 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
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Mark Newberger Guest
  • 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

QUOTES FROM Harvey Fierstein CHARACTERS

Fat Cat Burglar
I'm gonna kill you!
Mulan
Okay. Any questions?
Yao
Does this dress make me look fat?
Mulan
Okay. Any questions?
Yao
Does this dress make me look fat? [he is slapped] Ow!
Chi Fu
(singing) "I've a girl back home who's unlike any other..."
Chi Fu
[singing] I've a girl back home who's unlike any other...
Yao
"Yeah, the only girl who'd love him is his mother"
Yao
Yeah, the only girl who'd love him is his mother.
Arnold Beckoff
Try as I may...I just can't walk in flats!
Arnold Beckoff
Try as I may... I just can't walk in flats!
Yao
I'll get that arrow pretty boy, and I'll do it my shirt on.
Shang
Whoa, one moment. You seemed to be missing something. This represents discipline. And this represents strength. You need both to reach the arrow.