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Lee Pelty

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Lee Pelty 4 May 1935 – 29 November 2009 was an American musical theatre actor, best known for his performances in numerous productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, 1776, and more Because of audience demand, Pelty most frequently appeared to sold-out crowds at the Old Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Chicago


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Born in Colon City, Panama as Isaac Lee Peltynovich Pelty, he attended Purdue University as a member of the class of 1957 In addition to his studies, Pelty sang with the Purdue University Varsity Men's Glee Club directed by an imaginative showman named Al Stewart Pelty's impressive successes with the Glee Club were the springboard for his professional musical career The Purdue Glee Club was internationally known as one of the best all-male college singing groups in the world and Pelty was its leading soloist and star attraction At about 6'4" and slender, he was an imposing talent with a magnificent voice In each concert, he appeared as a striking figure in the group's traditional concert attire of white tie and tails 56 men, all students at Purdue and strictly amateur singers, were selected from hundreds of the best applicants each semester and became the "traveling/touring" Varsity Men's Glee Club Pelty was its most outstanding talent He had a powerful, melodious 2nd tenor voice with which, as a soloist with an amazing repertoire of classic songs from the 1920s through the 1950s, entertained thousands of fans in hundreds of concerts In each concert, Pelty always was asked to sing his very personal "Al Jolson Songbook"

One summer, the Glee Club sang in the Hollywood Bowl, The Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, and Oklahoma's "Under The Stars" Pelty was the main attraction everyone came to hear In another year, the Glee Club sang for President Eisenhower's Inauguration in Washington, DC Pelty captivated the audience with his talent In his singing career, Isaac Peltynovich Lee Pelty was, indeed, a star that burned brightly


Beginning in 1971, he appeared as Tevye in four separate productions of Fiddler on the Roof The first of these earned him The Joseph Jefferson Award Over the course of his career, he performed the role of Tevye over 2,000 times


Lee Pelty died at his Lincoln Park home on November 29, 2009, at age 74, after a battle with lung cancer


  1. ^ "Social Security Death Master File, 303-44-6402 through 303-46-1115" Ssdmfinfo Retrieved 2013-11-10 Social Security number 303-44-7657 was issued to ISAAC L PELTYNOVICH; who was born on 4 May 1935 and died on 29 November 2009 
  2. ^ James C Jewell; Thomas E Howard 1 January 1977 Broadway and the Tony awards: the first three decades, 1947–1977 University Press of America BEST MUSICAL: Fiddler on the Roof Imperial, September 22, 1964 … Lee Pelty set records in Chicago as Teyve … 
  3. ^ Equity News 56-57 New York 1971 p 33 
  4. ^ Realty and Building 14-26 169 Economist Publishing Company 1973 p 159 Showing at the playhouse will be "1776" starring Lee Pelty 
  5. ^ The Purdue Alumnus Purdue Alumni Association 2005 p 22 
  6. ^ "Lee Pelty: 1935-2009" tribunedigital-chicagotribune Retrieved 2016-06-13 

External links

  • Lee Pelty on IMDb

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