Robert LuPone died on Saturday after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, according to reports. The late actor was known for playing the crowds’ neighborter Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini), Dr. Bruce ‘Cooze’ Cusamano, in The Sopranos.
The news of his death was announced by the MCC Theatre, of which the actor had been one of the founders.
The off-Broadway theater paid a moving tribute to the late actor, who had a “boundless passion for connection.”
The statement read, “The MCC Theater community mourns the loss of our much-loved and uniquely inspiring partner, colleague and friend, Bob LuPone, who lived fearlessly and with great curiosity, good humor, boundless passion for connection and a whole lot of heart.
“He will be deeply and forever missed.”
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Robert’s on-screen credits include guest appearances on soap operas such as All My Children and Guiding Light.
He earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for his role as Leo Flynn in Guiding Light.
He has also performed in a number of Broadway shows including A View from the Bridge, True West, Minnie’s Boys and The Magic Show.
Robert earned a Tony Award nomination for his work on the Broadway production, Chorus Line.
@Reidsintern onedded: “Sending all my love to @PattiLuPonot.
“Robert Lupone was such a nice person, he always supported us, the members of the @mcctheater youth company, and he was also someone you could talk to.
“I never felt like I bothered him asking for advice because he was always ready to give it.” (sic)
Ted Neley wrote: “My condolences to the entire LuPone family.
“Bob (our apostle James in the movie JCSuperstar) was a kind and gentle spirit with a great sense of humor.
“One of the best performers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
“Bob always did everything to the best of his abilities. RIP”
And @PRMerleF wrote: “Devastating news today. Rest well dear Bob, my old friend.
“My heart goes out to his family, @PattiLuPone all @mcctheater Huge loss.” (sic)