Harvey Fierstein stars in NBC's musical event "Hairspray Live!" as Edna Turnblad, a role he created and won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the stage version of "Hairspray." He also penned a new teleplay for the live broadcast. The quintessential Edna, Fierstein portrayed the character for the show's first two years of its seven-year run at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway.

Harvey Fierstein received the Tony Award for Best Play in 1983 for writing his pioneering play, "Torch Song Trilogy" and received a second Tony for his performance in the lead role. The following year he won his third Tony for writing the script of the musical "La Cage Aux Folles." He more recently received three more Tony nominations for writing "Kinky Boots," "Newsies" and "Casa Valentina." He also recently adapted "Funny Girl" for its West End revival. His other plays include "Safe Sex," "Spookhouse" and "Forget Him."

Movie audiences know Fierstein best for his scene-stealing antics in "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Independence Day," "Kull the Conqueror," the film version of "Torch Song Trilogy" and as the voice of Mulan's soldier friend in Disney's "Mulan." Other film credits include Danny DeVito's "Duplex," starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, "Death to Smoochy," alongside Robin Williams, Edward Norton and Catherine Keener, "Playing Mona Lisa" with Alicia Witt, Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," opposite John Cusack, Dianne Wiest and Jennifer Tilly, and "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde," starring Sean Young and Tim Daly.

Fierstein received the 2000 Humanitas Award for writing the HBO special animated presentation "The Sissy Duckling," which was also released in book form.

Television appearances include voicing the character Karl in the unforgettable "Simpson and Delilah" episode of "The Simpsons" and an Emmy Award-nominated performance in NBC's "Cheers." He has guest-starred on "The Good Wife," "How I Met Your Mother," "Ellen," "Murder She Wrote," "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Miami Vice." Children recognize him as the Easter Bunny from the Emmy Award-winning "Elmo Saves Christmas." Fierstein also won an ACE Award for writing the HBO film, "Tidy Endings," in which he co-starred with Stockard Channing.

Fierstein's talents also include being a seasoned concert performer. He has made appearances across America and the world with his one-man show of songs, stories, monologues and mayhem. A CD recording of his live performance at New York's Bottom Line is called "This Is Not Going to Be Pretty."


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Age: 63 years old
Birthday: June 6, 1954
Height: 6' 2"
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

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