The Original West Side Story Member, Tony Mordente Died At The Age Of 88 (1935–2024)


The original cast member of “West Side Story” Tony Mordente was an actor and television director who died on 11 June 2024 in Henderson, Nevada at the age of 88. The cause of death was a brief illness according to several reports. He was the ex-husband of Broadway star Chita Rivera. He was a big American actor and dancer and he was the original cast of West Side Story.

It is very sad news for the fans of movies and dance, now they will never see Tony Mordente again. Tony Mordente is trending on social media right now everyone is sad about his death and sending wishes for him. His family and friends are very emotional right now.

The Legacy Of Tony Mordente

Tony Mordete was born on 3 December 1935 in Brooklyn. He had an interest in acting and dancing when he was just 13 years old. He used to attend the High School of Performing Arts and went to the American Ballet Theater School on a scholarship. After that, he became the original cast member of the Broadway stage production of “West Side Story” in 1957 and played A-Rab. In 1961 after few years later from West Side Story, he was featured in the hit film adaption of the musical and this time he played Jets member action.

Tony Mordente met Chita Rivera(Award winner actress, singer and dancer, died on 30 January 2024) during the Broadway lead-up to “West Side Story”. On 1 December 1957, Tony Mordente married Chita Rivera and on 30 July 1958 they had a daughter named Lisa Mordente. Lisa Mordente was nominated for Tony Awards for actress which is a very thing. But in 1966 Tony Mordente and Chita Rivera got spit because of some personal issues.

In the 1960s and 70’s when Tony Mordente was not doing, so he started doing choreography on shows like Franklin in Paris, Breakfast at Tiffany and Bye Bye Birdie and also in some numerous television shows.

Tony Mordente also did the directing in the mid of 1970s, he directed dozens of television series over the years some of the television series he directed, including Walker, Texas Ranger, more than 40 episodes of Rhoda, episodes of M.A.S.H., over 30 episodes each of “7th Heaven”, The A-Team, Benson, Family Ties and more other television shows.

In the mid-1970s, Mordente transitioned into directing, working on dozens of television series over the years. He directed more than 40 episodes of “Rhoda” and over 30 each of “7th Heaven” and “Walker, Texas Ranger,” plus episodes of “M.A.S.H.,” “Benson,” “The A-Team,” “Family Ties,” and other TV shows.

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