Broadway actor Chris Peluso has died at 40 years old. The actor famously starred in numerous successful stage productions in both New York City and London. Playbill confirmed that the actor had recently stepped away from his professional endeavors to seek treatment for his schizoaffective disorder.
The actor’s acclaimed Broadway career began in 2004 when he worked as an understudy on the Tony-winning “Assassins”. He went on to take roles as Marius in “Les Miserables” and as Tony in “West Side Story” on national tours.
Peluso later played both Louis and Nicolas in Elton John‘s Lestat, and all three leading male roles in “Beautiful The Carole King Musical”: Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, and Don Kirshner. He also played Sky in “Mamma Mia!” on tour, and he both starred and covered the role of Fiyero in multiple tours of “Wicked.”
Following his successful stage career in New York City, the actor relocated to London, England, where he starred in a number of shows in the city’s prestigious West End. Some roles included in “The Woman in White,” “Death Takes a Holiday”, and “Show Boat”, as well as starring as Chris in the revival of “Miss Saigon”.
The actor’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, shared a tribute to the late actor. Peluso attended the university’s musical theater program. The statement began, “The Michigan Musical Theatre family is heartbroken as we announce the passing of our dear family member/alum, the loving, charismatic, and divinely gifted Chris Peluso… Our hearts go out to his family.”
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Several of Peluso’s former costars commented on the memorial post, sharing their positive experiences with the late actor. Broadway star Desi Oakley wrote, “I learned so much from his kindness & professionalism,” adding “I am sending so much love to all who walked closely with him.”
“SEAL Team” actor Toni Trucks wrote, “This is devastating. I only have wonderful memories of Chris. I am holding tight to all of the light he shared. So kind. So funny. So giving. So talented and loving.”
Peluso is survived by his wife Jessica Gomes and their two children.