Summary: television, stage, and film actor and classical composer who wrote major symphonic works and ballets for numerous New York production companies, where he supported his composing career by acting in several feature films and daytime soap operas, including regular appearances in As the World Turns, The Guiding Light, and Loving, and was featured in director John Waters' 1988 movie Hairspray playing the lead singer of a rock band, who became involved in anti-violence projects in recent years after he survived a vicious hate crime attack in 1994 when he and a male companion were savagely beaten with gold clubs by a trio of young men who shouted homophobic epithets.
Cause of Death: Complications from smoke inhalation suffered in a 2007 house fire
Born: October 12, 1961
Died: November 12, 2008
Location: Greenwich Village, New York