Richard Steiner, American producer, Died at 69


Richard Harris Steiner was born on November 8, 1946, in Cincinnati, and died on November 3, 2016.

He was a five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, whose hits included “The Producers,” “Hairspray” and “Jersey Boys.

His parents were Philip Steiner, a founder of Kenner Products, the maker of the Easy-Bake Oven and Play-Doh; and Desirée (Harris) Steiner.

Desirée Steiner was the daughter of Desirée Lazard, a Broadway actress, and Harry Harris, a former boxer known as the Human Hairpin.

The two met in 1906 when she was appearing as Tessy Tarrytown in George M. Cohan’s “Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway,” at the New Amsterdam Theater; he was the theater’s manager.

He had one brother, Corky.

Richard acted in community theater productions as a child.

Richard died in Cincinnati .

Richard Harris Steiner passed away at 69 years old.


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