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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 27 September 1937Kilgore, Texas, USA
Birth NameRobert Patrick O'Connor

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Patrick was born on September 27, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas, USA as Robert Patrick O'Connor.

Trivia (14)

Author of over sixty published plays, including "Kennedy's Children" and "T-Shirts", and a novel about the origins of underground and gay playwrighting, "Temple Slave".
Only openly gay person ever awarded the International Thespian Society's Founders Award for "services to theatre and to youth."
Only playwright to have two weekends designated in his honor by Manhattan Borough Presidents (for his pioneering play about gay teenagers, "Blue Is For Boys" in 1983 and 1986).
Received the Robert Chesley Lifetime Award for Gay Playwrighting (1997)
Had over 300 productions in Manhattan's Off-Off Broadway theatres in the 1960s. Was called by play publisher Samuel French Inc. "New York's most produced playwright" (1972).
His "The Trial of Socrates" was the first gay play presented by the City of New York (1988).
Had to perform in his first play "The Haunted Host" (1964) with fellow dramatist William M. Hoffman (author of 'As Is'), because no actors could be found willing to be in a gay-themed play.
Gave playwright/director/former drag-artist Harvey Fierstein his first male role in "The Haunted Host" in Boston, 1976.
Often receives fan mail and stalker-calls meant for actor Robert Patrick, especially from fans of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
Is an unbilled extra in Compass Rose (1967) and The Fluffer (2001).
Frequent uncredited television script ghostwriter.
Got cast in Tricks of the Trade (1968) and Compass Rose (1967) only because director Andy Milligan shot them in the Caffe Cino, where Patrick worked. Patrick had been left on duty to make sure the film company did no harm, and was cast in small roles by default.
Maintains 58 pages of photos of the Caffe Cino, the first Off-Off Broadway theatre.
Only person to be the subject of three "Coffeehouse Chronicles," i.e.,appearances by underground theatre pioneers videotaped by La Mama Archives for posterity. His first was on videotape, concerning his entire career, combined with a performance of the first play he produced at La Mama. The second was live, the only two-hour Coffeehouse Chronicle, about negative experiences working in underground theatre in the U.S. and abroad. The third was a showing of his DVD "Caffe Cino: Birthplace of Gay Theatre," with a live panel of underground pioneers.

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