In recognition of the long-awaited DVD debut of the gay classic The Boys in the Band tomorrow, our Cinematic Crush of the week is none other than the "Cowboy" himself, Robert La Tourneaux.
La Tourneaux originated the role of Emory's "birthday present" to Harold in the landmark 1968 Off-Broadway production of the Mart Crowley play. He, like everyone else in the cast, recreated his performance in the William Friedkin film adaptation two years later.
Prior to the Boys success, he appeared on the soap opera The Doctors. Unfortunately, La Tourneaux was typecast due to his most famous role and only appeared in a few low budget European films and Broadway plays following the film's release. Tragically, he fell on hard times and died from AIDS-related causes in 1986.