Robert LuPone, an actor who was known for his work on The Sopranos, has died. He was 76. MCC Theater, which LuPone helped to start, said on Instagram that he had died of pancreatic cancer.

The theatre company said, "It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that MCC founding Co-Artistic Director Bob LuPone died on Saturday,

August 27, after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer." In a letter that was shared by MCC Theater, Bernard Telsey and Will Cantler talked about the late star, LuPone.

Even though the company was supposed to make new work for the American stage, it was always Bob's strong desire to connect with the art, the

artists, and the audience that kept us going and gave us ideas, "they wrote in part. "Bob was a force, an advocate, richly complex, full of the energy of youth,

and deeply wise when he looked into our souls," the two said. He was the best friend we had.

LuPone, who is the brother of Broadway star Patti LuPone, played Tony Soprano's neighbour and family doctor, Dr. Bruce Cusamano.

The late actor was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on All My Children. He also had roles in Sex and the City and Guiding Light. In The Sopranos, Robert LuPone played Bruce Cusamano. 

LuPone went to Juilliard and was nominated for a Tony for his role as Zach in A Chorus Line. In 1976, the show won both the Tony Award for best musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Under his direction, MCC Theater put on shows like "Frozen," "School Girls," and "Wit," which won the Pulitzer Prize.

On August 10, 1980, Patti LuPone and her family cheered for the Long Island Philharmonic. From left to right: Patti Lupone, her mother Louise "Pat" LuPone, and her brother Robert LuPone, from left to right. 

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From 2005 to 2011, LuPone ran the MFA drama programme at the New School for Drama

and was the president of A.R.T./New York's board of directors. LuPone's wife, Virginia, his son, Orlando, his sister, Patti, and his brother, William, are all still alive.

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