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Born: April 23, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: York, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Grew up in York, a Pennsylvania steeltown
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Began performing with his brother as a child, putting on shows for their parents
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Progressed to amateur filmmaking when his family purchased a Super-8mm camera
1975:
At age 15, began competing in regional and state high school drama competitions
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Played college football at East Stroudsbourg State College; athletics derailed by knee injury
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Worked in a steel mill
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Hitchhiked around the US
1980:
Moved to NYC at the urging of his girlfriend
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Broke up with girlfriend, lost his job and spent several weeks homeless; slept under the marble staircase in Grand Central Station; occasionally was able to afford a bed at the YMCA
1980:
Found an agent; began getting acting jobs in commercials
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Appeared on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"
1983:
Broadway debut, assumed the role of Alan in Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"
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Claims to have performed a matinee of "Torch Song Trilogy" under the influence of psychoactive mushrooms
1983:
TV series debut with "The Hamptons"
1985:
Feature debut, "That Was Then...This Is Now" opposite Emilio Estevez
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At the urging of Fierstein, returned to the role of Alan in "Torch Song Trilogy" until a fall reinjured his knee; left the show; underwent reconstructive surgery
1985:
Suffered what he described as "a nervous breakdown" during which he was unable to leave his home for several months (date approximate)
1990:
Has retroactively claimed that he was diagnosed with cancer which subsequently went into remission after filming "A River Runs Through It" (date approximate)
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Formed Desert Winds Films with partner Stephen J Bratter
1991:
Feature producing debut, "Instant Karma"
1992:
Co-starred in Robert Redford's acclaimed "A River Runs Through It"
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With his partner Bratter (and two others), received executive producer credits on the feature "Demolition Man", a Sylvester Stallone sci-fi satire, as part of a settlement with Warner Brothers over who conceived the story

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