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Frankie Michaels, Youngest Tony Award-winner, Is Dead at 60

Frankie Michaels (left) and Friends
Tony Award-winner Frankie Michaels (left) with fellow Tony-winners Donna McKechnie, Jim Dale, and Chuck Cooper at a Tony Awards reunion in 2006. Photo by: Shevett Studios

TonyAwards.com has learned that Frankie Michaels, who was the youngest person ever to win a Tony Award®, has died.

Michaels had recently turned 11 years old in 1966 when he received the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the Jerry Herman musical Mame. He created the role of young Patrick Dennis, playing opposite Angela Lansbury who starred in the title role.

According to a death notice in the Connecticut Post, Michaels passed away on March 30, 2016 at his home in Chittenango, NY.

Francis Michael Chernesky was born in Bridgeport, CT in 1955. He took the stage name Frankie Michaels when he began his career as a child actor, dancer, singer and musician. From 1964 to 1966 he appeared on the soap opera As the World Turns, and later added several additional TV credits. Michaels made his Broadway debut in Mame at age 10. He also performed in two Off Broadway shows. He continued to perform in clubs and casinos until his death.

News of Michaels’s passing was first reported on BroadwayWorld.com.

 

 

Revised Sunday, 09 April, 2017

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