Terrence McNally was an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter, who was described as one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world ever had. He also won the “2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement”, the “2019 Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award”, and the “Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award”.
McNally was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1996. He spanned 6 decades earning an Emmy Award, 2 Guggenheim Fellowships, 1 Rockefeller Grant, 4 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, 2 Obie Awards, and 3 Hull-Warriner Awards.
Cause of Death of Terrence McNally?
The 81 years old playwright, Terrence McNally died on March 24, 2020, in Sarasota, Florida after fighting against the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. He caught the COVID-19 in 2020, however being under the treatment of special doctors, McNally couldn’t survive.
Previously, McNally had lung cancer, but he was a lung cancer survivor and was certainly living with chronic inflammatory lung disease until he caught COVID 10.
What was Terrence McNally Famous for?
- Famous as one of the greatest contemporary playwrights.
- Known for his achievements including Tony Award, Emmy Award.
Where was Terrence McNally Born?
Terrence McNally was born on November 3, 1938, in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. His birth name was Terrence McNally. His nationality was American. McNally belonged to White ethnicity while Scorpio was his zodiac sign.
Terrence was born in a well-to-do family to Hubert McNally(father) and Dorothy McNally(mother). His parents ran a seaside bar and grill, “The Pelican Club”, but after a hurricane, the bar was destroyed and then after they shifted to Port Chester, New York, then to Dallas, Texas, and finally to Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 1956, he moved to New York City where he attended Columbia University graduating with a major degree in Journalism. He did his schooling from W.B. Ray High School where he was encouraged to write by his English teacher who died in 2005.
He later joined the Boar’s Head Society and wrote Columbia’s annual Varsity Show, and in 1960, he graduated with a B.A. in English and gained membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In 1961, he gained membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After graduating he moved to Mexico and focused his career on writing.
Terrence McNally’s Career Highlights
- McNally started his professional career first as the Actors Studio’s stage manager and then after he felt in more interest in theatre.
- He alongside Edward Albee wrote “The American Dream”(1961) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”(1962).
- He published his first full-length play, “This Side of the Door”(1962) and ” And Things That Go Bump in the Night”(1964).
- His early plays include Tour(1967), Witness (1968), and Bringing It All Back Home (1970), and Whiskey (1973).
- He released his first credited Broadway musical, “The Rink” in 1984.
- In 1990, McNally won an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Miniseries or Special for “Andre’s Mother”.
- His other plays include “Love! Valor! Compassion!”, which won McNally his second Tony Award.
- In 1996, McNally was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
- In 2000, McNally wrote the musical, “The Full Monty” alongside composer and lyricist David Yazbek.
- He wrote the first opera libretto for “Dead Man Walking” which was one of the most successful Operas In the US.
- He wrote the musical, “A Man of No Importance” partnering with his collaborators on Ragtime, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
- On February 1, 2018, his newest and the last play titled “Fire and Air” was premiered Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company.
- McNally received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2019.
Who was Terrence McNally Married to?
Terrence McNally was married to his boyfriend, Tom Kirdahy. Tom is a Broadway producer and a former civil rights attorney. They met for the first time in a civil union ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003. Later, on April 6, 2010, the couple got married in Washington, D.C. On June 26, 2015, they renewed their marriage at New York City Hall after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
McNally was first married to his wife, Edward Albee. Albee is also a playwright and one of the most well-known and influential playwrights in the U.S. She was a decade older than him, however, their relation couldn’t last long.
What was Net Worth of Terrence McNally?
The 81 years old late Terrence McNally had quite a great earning through his professional career as a playwriter. Remaining in the field for almost 6 decades, he had undoubtedly amassed a huge fortune worth million dollars from his several films and playwrights.
His estimated net worth was around $70 million.
How Tall was Terrence McNally?
Terrence McNally was a White man in his early 80s before he died. He had a fair complexion with bald hair and brown eyes.