Harvey Fierstein Net Worth

Harvey Fierstein Net Worth 2022: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Harvey Fierstein net worth is
$2 Million

Harvey Fierstein Wiki Biography

Harvey Forbes Fierstein was born on the 6th June 1954, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is an actor and playwright, probably still best recognized for starring in the role of Arnold Beckoff in his own play “Torch Song Trilogy” (1983), and portraying Edna Turnblad in the musical “Hairspray” (2003) among others. He is also known as the author of several books. His career has been active since the early 1970s.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Harvey Fierstein is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Harvey’s net worth is over $2 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry.

Harvey Fierstein Net Worth $2 Million

Harvey Fierstein hails from a Jewish family; he is the younger son of Irving Fierstein, who worked as a handkerchief manufacturer, and Jacqueline Harriet, who was a school librarian; his brother is film producer Ronald K. Fierstein. While in high school, he was very interested in writing, so he attended creative writing classes. Beside that, he also wanted to become an actor, so he performed at a number of small clubs. Upon matriculation, he enrolled at Pratt University, graduating with a BFA degree in 1973.

Harvey’s career began when he made his debut in the play “Pork” (1971) at New York’s La Mama Experimental Theater Club. Subsequently, he started to write his own plays, and the first one was performed at La Mama in the following year, entitled “International Stud”, which marked the beginning of an increase of his net worth. By the end of the decade, Harvey had written such plays as “Fugue In A Nursery” and “Widows And Children First” among others.

In 1982, Harvey decided to form a new play called “Torch Song Trilogy”, from three previous plays – “International Stud”, “Furgue In A Nursery”, and “Widows And Children First”. In the play he starred as Arnold Beckoff and it had enormous success as he won Tony Awards for Best Play and for Best Actor in a Play, also two Drama Desk Awards and the Theatre World Award. The play was later adapted into the film, which added a considerable amount to his net worth. During the same decade, he won another Tony Award for his book for “La Cage Aux Folles” (1983), in the category for Best Book of a Musical. Parallel with his activity in theater, Harvey also appeared on screens in such TV series and film titles as “Garbo Talks” (1984), portraying Bernie Whitlock, “Miami Vice” (1986), and “Tidy Endings” (1988).

In the 1990s, Harvey continued to line up success after success, starring in a number of titles, including in the role of Bob Lakin in “The Harvest” (1992), playing Frank in “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), as Dennis Sinclair in the TV series “Daddy’s Girls” (1994), and portraying Marty Gilbert in “Independence Day” (1996), alongside Will Smith and Bill Pullman. All of these roles increased his net worth by a large margin.

The new millennium didn’t change too much for Harvey, as he became active again in the theater, playing Edna Turnblad in the musical “Hairspray” in 2002, for which he won another Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Two years later, he was cast in the role of Tevye in the musical “Fiddler On The Roof”. In 2007, he published the book for the musical “A Catered Affair”, in which he starred, winning the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical. At the same time, he was cast in such TV series and film titles as “Death To Smoochy” (2002), “The Year Without A Santa Claus” (2006), and guest-starred in “How I Met Your Mother” in 2009. All of these appearances contributed to his wealth.

To speak further about his career, Harvey wrote the book for the musical “Newsies” in 2012, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Book of a Musical, and in the following year, the book for “Kinky Boots”, which earned him 13 nominations for Tony Awards, winning six. Most recently, he appeared in the film “Hairspray Live!” (2016), and his net worth is certainly rising.

Regarding his personal life, Harvey Fierstein is openly gay; his current residence is in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Full NameHarvey Fierstein
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJune 6, 1954
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height6' 2½" (1.89 m)
ProfessionActor, Soundtrack, Writer
EducationPratt Institute
ParentsJacqueline Harriet Fierstein, Irving Fierstein
SiblingsRonald K. Fierstein
AwardsTony Award for Best Play, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Drama Desk ...
NominationsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Virgin Atlantic Best New Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Lambda Literary Award for Children's/Young Adult, Outer ...
MoviesHairspray Live!, Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, Mulan, Torch Song Trilogy, Death to Smoochy, Duplex, Mulan II, Bullets over Broadway, Playing Mona Lisa, Garbo Talks, Kull the Conqueror, Safe Men, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Foodfight!, Elmo Saves Christmas, Everything Relative, Double Platinum
TV ShowsDaddy's Girls
1Gruff yet smooth voice
1Actually, I think the average voice is like 70 percent tone and 30 percent noise. My voice is 95 percent noise.
2[on the late Robin Williams] Robin was friend, boss, brother, inspiration. His generosity and intelligence knew no limits. Only his home planet could destroy him.
3[on Torch Song Trilogy (1988)] I'm happy that we made it. Is it everything I wanted it to be? Is anything ever? I fought with [director] Paul Bogart because I had based the entire third act on a song by Big Maybelle. When we went to make the movie, Paul refused to put it in the movie. We used a beautiful Ella Fitzgerald recording of "This Time the Dream's on Me", which is very pretty, but it doesn't have that emotion. But to Paul, it did. It's life. I really am a theater person. That means you put something out there, and you let it go. Tomorrow night is a new performance.
4Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
5The great thing about suicide is that it's not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.
6Always admit when you're wrong. You'll save thousands in therapy... and a few friendships too.
7Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don't, or they wouldn't have to say they did.
1He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 11, 2016.
2His trademark voice is the result of over-developed ventricular folds in his throat, which produce a hoarse-sounding double voice.
3He pronounces his last name "fire-steen".
4Is good friends with actor/director Danny DeVito.
5Following a severe bout of depression following the break up with a lover, Fierstein wrote about the painful experience and the end result was "The International Stud", which was produced at the Theater for the New City in 1976 (later at La MaMa in 1978) with Fierstein introducing and starring as his Arnold Beckoff character, a gay man whose bisexual lover dumps him for a female. Fierstein went on to write two more plays about Arnold and introduced "Fugue in a Nursery" and "Widows and Children First!", in 1979 at La MaMa, with Fierstein again playing the lead. Eventually, Fierstein integrated the three Arnold plays into a single play, "Torch Song Trilogy", which was first presented off-off-Broadway in 1981, and the rest is history.
6In the 2003 New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade, he was Mrs. Claus, dressed in drag.
7With his Tony Award win for "Hairspray", along with his three previous wins, he ties with Tommy Tune for most Tony Awards for different categories.
8Won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the 2003 Tony Awards for his role in the play "Hairspray".
9Was known only for playing drag roles off-off Broadway (often in plays he wrote himself) until he played his first male role in Robert Patrick III's "The Haunted Host" in Boston. The play was such a personal success for him that when he had to leave the show for four days for his father's funeral, the show closed.
10Won the Humanitas Prize in the Children's Animation Category for: Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) for episode "The Sissy Duckling" (2000).
11Won a GLAAD Award for Visibility category (1994).
12The essence of Fierstein's landmark "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988) was autobiographical, since he began performing as a drag queen in Manhattan clubs as early as age 15.
13Has won four Tony Awards from only four nominations: two in 1983, as Best Actor (Play) and Author of Best Play for "Torch Song Trilogy", a performance he recreated in the film version of the same title, Torch Song Trilogy (1988); a third in 1984, the Book (Musical) Tony for writing the libretto of "La Cage aux Folles"; and the fourth in 2003, as Best Actor (Musical) in the Divine role of Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray". These four awards tie him with Tommy Tune for the most Tony Awards in different categories.


Mulan Story Studio1998Video GameYao (voice)
Hercules1998TV SeriesArgus Panoptes
Safe Men1998Leo
Mulan1998Yao (voice)
Stories from My Childhood1998TV SeriesGrambo
Kull the Conqueror1997Juba
White Lies1997Art Hoarder
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesMrs. Leaperman
Fame L.A.1997TV SeriesJeremy Pinter
The Larry Sanders Show1997TV SeriesHarvey Fierstein
Elmo Saves Christmas1996VideoEaster Bunny
Everything Relative1996The Moyle
Independence Day1996Marty Gilbert
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde1995Yves DuBois
Daddy's Girls1994TV SeriesDennis Sinclair
Bullets Over Broadway1994Sid Loomis
Mrs. Doubtfire1993Frank
Murder, She Wrote1992TV SeriesStan Hatter
The Harvest1992Bob Lakin
Cheers1992TV SeriesMark Newberger
ABC Afterschool Specials1991TV SeriesAndrew
The Simpsons1990TV SeriesKarl
Torch Song Trilogy1988Arnold Beckoff
Tidy Endings1988TV MovieArthur
Apology1986TV MovieThe Derelict
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesBenedict
Garbo Talks1984Bernie Whitlock
The Demon Murder Case1983TV MovieDemon (voice)
Animal Crackers2017post-productionEsmerelda (voice)
Hairspray Live!2016TV Movie pre-productionEdna Turnblad
Broadway 4D2016Edna Turnblad
Family Guy2008-2015TV SeriesBuster Keaton / Tracy
Russian Broadway Shut Down2014ShortBook Writer
Foodfight!2012Fat Cat Burglar (voice)
Submissions Only2012TV SeriesAuditioner #5
The Good Wife2011TV SeriesJudge Francis Flamm
Nurse Jackie2010TV SeriesJohn Decker
How I Met Your Mother2009TV SeriesLily's Smoking Voice
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+2007Video GameYao (English version, voice)
The Year Without a Santa Claus2006TV MovieHeat Miser
Farce of the Penguins2006Sheila (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video GameYao (English version, voice)
Mulan II2004VideoYao (voice)
Death to Smoochy2002Merv Green
Playing Mona Lisa2000Bennett
Common Ground2000TV MovieDon
X-Chromosome1999TV SeriesMom / Little Mom Head (voice)
The Sissy Duckling1999TV MovieElmer (voice)
Double Platinum1999TV MovieGary Millstein
Jump1999Dish Macense


Bye Bye Birdie Live!2017TV Movie teleplay by announced
Hairspray Live!2016TV Movie teleplay by pre-production
The Wiz Live!2015TV Movie
The 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards2011TV Special writer
Common Ground2000TV Movie written by - segment "Amos and Andy"
The Sissy Duckling1999TV Movie
Torch Song Trilogy1988play / screenplay
Tidy Endings1988TV Movie play "Safe Sex" / teleplay


Sesame Street2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway2007Documentary performer: "You Can't Stop the Beat"
Mulan II2004Video performer: "A Girl Worth Fighting For Redux"
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV Special performer: "You Can't Stop the Beat"
The Sissy Duckling1999TV Movie performer: "I'm Me!" / writer: "I'm Me!", "Time Takes Time"
Mulan1998performer: "I'll Make a Man Out of You", "A Girl Worth Fighting For"
Mrs. Doubtfire1993performer: "Matchmaker" - uncredited


The Myth, the Magic, the Man1993TV Movie special thanks


Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of the Wiz Live!2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself - Kinky Boots
Saturday Night Live2014TV SeriesHimself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Casa Valentina & Nominee: Best Play
The Show2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Spotlight on Broadway2013TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The 67th Annual Tony Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Book of a Musical
The Wendy Williams Show2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Smash2013TV SeriesHimself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Hairspray & Nominee: Best Book of a Musical
Working in the Theatre1983-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Host
Show People with Paul Wontorek2011TV SeriesHimself
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play & Best Play
The Heyman Hustle2009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
From Man to Mrs.: The Evolution of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Sesame Street2004-2007TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway2007DocumentaryHimself
Words and Music by Jerry Herman2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 60th Anniversary
51st Annual Drama Desk Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Great Performances2005TV SeriesHimself - Narrator / Himself - Host
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
50th Annual Drama Desk Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Host
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the Life2001-2005TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Host
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Book of a Musical
49th Annual Drama Desk Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Host
Superstar in a Housedress2004DocumentaryHimself
Duplex: Behind the Scenes Special2004Video shortHimself
Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me2004TV Movie documentary voice
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2003TV SpecialHimself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
100 Years of Hope and Humor2003TV SpecialHimself
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Broadway's Best2002TV MovieHimself
Rescued from the Closet2001Video documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Ellen1998TV SeriesHimself
Politically Incorrect1997TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Independence Day'1996TV Short documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion1996TV Movie documentaryMarty Gilbert (footage from 'Independence Day')
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Previous Winner
The Celluloid Closet1995DocumentaryHimself
The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV?1990TV MovieHimself
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Mama's Pushcart: Ellen Stewart and 25 Years of La MaMa E.T.C.1988DocumentaryHimself
The Times of Harvey Milk1984DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Book of a Musical
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHimself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Play & Best Actor in a Play
Our Time1983TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1983TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

La mandrágora2005TV Series
Sesame Street2005TV SeriesHimself
One on One with Vito Russo2001Video documentary shortHimself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryMarty Gilbert
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All1998Video short

Won Awards

2016Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameLive PerformanceOn April 11, 2016. At 6243 Hollywood Blvd.
2012Golden Apple AwardCasting Society of America, USA
2000Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeChildren's Animation CategoryHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1994Visibility AwardGLAAD Media Awards
1989ACECableACE AwardsWriting a Dramatic SpecialTidy Endings (1988)
1985EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Interview/Interviewer - ProgramsThe Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Nominated Awards

1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleBullets Over Broadway (1994)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesCheers (1982)
1989Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadTorch Song Trilogy (1988)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic or Theatrical SpecialTidy Endings (1988)

Known for movies

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