Made his New York stage debut in the role of a cleaning lady in Andy Warhol's off-Broadway play Pork.
Wrote and starred in Torch Song Trilogy, an autobiographical play about a man struggling with his sexual identity.
Narrated a 1984 documentary about the life, career and murder of openly gay politician Harvey Milk.
Created the role of effusive plump matriarch Edna Turnblad in the Broadway musical Hairspray (a stage adaptation of John Waters' 1988 silver-screen satire of the 1960s). Returned to the role in 2008 for the show's final performances.
Is an outspoken activist for gay rights.
2014, Tony — Play: Nominee
2003, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
1983, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
1984, Tony — Book (Musical): Winner
1983, Tony — Play: Winner
1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
2013, Tony — Book of a Musical: Nominee
2012, Tony — Book of a Musical: Nominee
Ronald Fierstein — Brother
Bruce Bibby — Ex-significant Other
Irving Fierstein — Father
Jacqueline Harriet Fierstein — Mother
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States