Cliff Gorman (Cliff Gorman)

Cliff Gorman

Cliff Gorman (October 13, 1936 – September 5, 2002) was an American stage and screen actor. He won an Obie award in 1968 for the stage presentation of The Boys in the Band, and went on to reprise his role in the 1970 film version. Gorman was born in New York City, New York, the son of Ethel (née Kaplan) and Samuel Gorman. He was raised Jewish. Gorman won a Tony Award in 1972 for playing Lenny Bruce in the play Lenny. Although the film version, directed by Bob Fosse, featured Dustin Hoffman, Gorman was recruited to portray a Dustin Hoffman-like character portraying Lenny Bruce, in a side-story in Fosse’s autobiographical film All That Jazz. In 1984 he co-starred as Lt. Andrews in the film Angel. Noteworthy are his roles in movies like An Unmarried Woman with Jill Clayburgh, Hoffa with Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito and Night and the City with Robert De Niro. His TV work included performances in series like Law and Order, Murder, She Wrote and the 1970s drama Police Story, written by former LAPD Detective Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh. Gorman and his wife cared for his fellow The Boys in the Band performer Robert La Tourneaux in the last few months of his battle against AIDS, until La Tourneaux’s death on June 3, 1986. Gorman died of leukemia in 2002, aged 65, although his final film, Kill the Poor, was not released until 2006. He was survived by his wife, Gayle Gorman.


  • October, 13, 1936
  • USA
  • Queens, New York


  • September, 05, 2002
  • USA
  • Manhattan, New York

Cause of Death

  • leukemia

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