Lee Curreri Biography
Lee Curreri was born in The Bronx, New York, NY as Leonard Charles “Lee” Curreri. He is an American actor and musician, famous for his work in the film, Fame (1980) and its television spinoff, Fame (1982-1987).
Lee Curreri Age
Leonard Charles “Lee” was born on January 4, 1961, in Bronx, NY, United States. He is 58 years old as of 2019.
Lee Curreri Family
Leonard Charles “Lee” Curreri was born in Bronx, NY, United States. Information about his parents and siblings is not revealed.
Lee Curreri Height
Leonard Charles “Lee” Curreri is an American actor who stands at a height of 5′ 11″ tall.
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Lee Curreri Career
Curreri played the role of Bruno Martelli (the keyboard maven) in the film Fame and its spinoff TV series, also known as Fame, after auditioning for the film in New York. He also played piano with In vitro musical group and the Iona College Singers. He is a songwriter and has worked with a number of performers, including Natalie Cole and Phil Perry. he appeared on Channel 4’s Bring Back… series when Justin Lee Collins managed to get some of the original series cast together. He released a CD, Aquabox, which has a booklet on the inside containing pictures of one of Curreri’s sons, Joey, shortly before his son was born (a pre-birth picture contained in the leaflet).
Lee Curreri Net Worth
Lee Curreri has an estimated net worth of around $500 thousands.
Lee Curreri Movies And Tv Shows
- Meskada 2010
- The Deep and Dreamless Sleep 2006
- Crystal Heart 1986
- Crystal Heart (1986)
- Bill: On His Own 1983
- Fame (1980)
Lee Curreri Songs
- Be My Music
- The Kids From Fame
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He died from cancer in 2001 aged 81. BORN into a Jewish family in Berlin he was raised as a Lutheran to protect him from Nazi persecution. In 1937 he fled Germany, fearing he was about to be inducted into the Hitler Youth and
went to Italy.
After attending a music conservatory in Rome he obtained a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and emigrated to the US in 1939. When Fame came calling he had never acted but was an award-winning composer and writer of
As well as his TV career he and his wife Renee ran workshops for students who could not afford to go to music college. The couple later toured America performing his Broadway hits and he wrote his autobiography From Ellis Island To Fame.
Pr Paul, 53, played drama student Montgomery Macneil
PR PAUL went from Fame riches to the rag trade. He now runs the family business: a clothes shop in New York’s exclusive Fire Island. He was guitarist and singer for a pop group called Raw Meat and has appeared in such films as Snowballing (1984) and Neon Maniacs (1986).
BRUNO was modeled on Lee, who appeared in the film and TV series of Fame. He is now a successful musician, composer, and producer, penning music for such TV series as Chicago hope as well as commercials. He has produced songs for Natalie Cole and Kid Creole And The Coconuts and has worked as a keyboard player for such stars as Olivia Newton-John. He has also written the scores for MTV’s Liquid Television series and has released a CD of transcendental music entitled Aquabox.
Erica Gimpel, 45, played music, drama and dance student
She still works as a television actress and appeared for six seasons as Adele Newman in eR as well as taking guest spots on such US shows as Law And Order, house and Boston Legal. Despite appearing in the hit movie Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis she never soared to the kind of heights that the Fame kids aspired to.
Of her Fame days, she says: “Sometimes you meet someone in the business and they tell you how Fame inspired them. Then I think, ‘Wow! I helped to make a difference.’
Lori Singer, 51, played musician Julie Miller
Like her character, Lori was a cellist. After appearing in the first two seasons of Fame she played Kevin Bacon’s girlfriend Ariel Moore in the 1984 film Footloose.
Madonna reportedly auditioned for the same role.
After Footloose she starred in a number of films including The Falcon And The Snowman with Sean Penn and The Man With One Red Shoe with Tom Hanks. In 1998 she divorced her lawyer husband of 16 years, Richard Emery, suing him for millions after claiming that he stole her earnings while he was her business manager.
‘If someone says it inspired them, I think wow’ her 18-year-old son Jacques Rio in Manhattan.
VALERIE LANDSBURG, 50, played music student Doris Schwartz
IT WAS only after the show that Valerie confessed it had driven her to drink and drugs. She sobered up with counseling in the late Eighties but has said: “I was a bit drunk and I did drugs as well. I’m just thankful the fans never noticed.”
She is directing and acting in the theatre and is married to composer James McVay. She says her greatest works to date are their children Taylor, 22, and Brooklyn, 17.
GENE ANTHONY RAY played dance student Leroy Johnson. He died aged 41.
A TALENTED dancer who grew up in Harlem, Gene was one of the show’s biggest stars and received 17,000 fan letters a day. But his life was rocked by scandal. His mother was jailed for drug dealing and he developed a drink-drugs habit.
He was dismissed from the show in 1984 for repeatedly not turning up at work. After Fame, he appeared in the musical based on Stephen
King’s horror story Carrie and danced with The Weather Girls in the video It’s Raining Men in 1988.
He moved to Milan to set up a dance school but it didn’t take off. In 1995 he was diagnosed HIV positive and eight years later died from complications after a stroke.
CAROL MAYO JENKINS, 70, played teacher Elizabeth Sherwood
MRS SHERWOOD used to clash with Leroy over his reluctance to learn until she realized he needed extra help with his studies. After the series ended Carol switched to theatre work.
She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and dances most days. She recently starred in a stage production of The Glass Menagerie and still has her Fame leg warmers.
CARLO IMPERATO, 46, played student Danny Amatullo
CARLO credits the show with saving him from a life of crime and giving him the chance to escape New York’s Bronx, where he grew up.
After Fame, he did theatre work and had a small role in Friends in 1995. Today he is a carpenter on film sets in LA. He also teaches drama, owns several branches of the Golds Gym franchise and helps his wife
Angela runs her beauty salon. ‘As Leroy, Gene had 17,000 fan letters a day’ radar for long.
Big things are expected for dance reality TV show winner Kherington Payne who plays dancer Alice and Naturi Naughton, from all-girl group 3LW, who is singer/pianist Denise. Actor and Calvin Klein model Collins Pennie is actor/ rapper Malik and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, who is Ashley DeWitt in Hannah Montana, plays actress Joy.