Tommy Tune is an actor, dancer, choreographer, singer, theatre director, and producer. Tommy Tune has received ten Tony Awards and numerous other honors for his services to the theatre. He went on to star in How Now, Dow Jones, a 1967 comedy musical.
Tommy first appeared on Broadway in the musical Baker Street in 1965. The next year, he appeared in A Joyful Noise, another musical.
Early life and Childhood
Tommy Tune was born Thomas James Tune on February 28, 1939.
The now-81-year-old was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Jim Tune, an oil rig worker, horse trainer, and restaurant, and Eva Mae Clark.
Tommy went to Houston’s Mirabeau B. Lamar High School and then Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.
He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s degree in Directing.
Tune first appeared on Broadway in the musical Baker Street in 1965. The next year, he appeared in A Joyful Noise, another musical.
He went on to star in How Now, Dow Jones, a 1967 comedy musical.
Tune made his Tony Award debut as a performer in the 1973 musical Seesaw, which also marked his first appearance as an associate choreographer.
With 1978 musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, he ventured into directing and choreography. His choreography earned him a Tony Award.
He went on to direct or choreograph eight Broadway shows, winning a total of ten Tony Awards in the process.
He’s also received eight Drama Desk Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Tune made his cinematic debut as Ambrose Kemper in the 1969 musical love comedy Hello, Dolly!
He also appeared as Sir Thomas in a few episodes of Fred Rogers’ educational children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which he produced and hosted.
Tune also had recurring roles in the fourth and fifth seasons of the rebooted Netflix series Arrested Development as Argyle Austero.
Net Worth and Salary
Tommy Tune is said to have a net worth of $20 million.
His fortune stems from his illustrious theatre career.
The Tony Award-winning stage performer, director, choreographer, and producer have won ten Tony Awards.
Tommy Tune declared his sexuality in his 1997 memoir, Footnotes, which was not kept a well guarded secret.
He also discussed his friendship with choreographer David Steiger Wolfe, who died in 1994 from AIDS-related issues.
His romance with actor Michel Stuart and their dramatic breakup were also mentioned in the memoir.
Tommy Tune’s height is 6 feet 6 inches tall (1.99 meters).