Brother of actress Patti LuPone and founder of the off-Broadway group MCC Theater, Bob LuPone passed away on Saturday after a three-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Age-wise, he was 76

LuPone, who was born on July 29th, 1946, had an early interest in the arts after seeing his younger sister Patti dance at a school event

Before enrolling in the Martha Graham Studio in his adolescent years, he started taking tap lessons. He played the oboe and studied acting in high school

His first professional job was in the cast of The Pajama Game at Westbury Music Fair, which starred Liza Minnelli

His Broadway debut came in Noel Coward's Sweet Potato not long after he received his BFA in dance from Juilliard in 1968

In 1975, LuPone was cast as Al in Michael Bennett's upcoming production of A Chorus Line, but he later won the role of Zach after another actor left the production

After appearing in musicals for more than a decade, LuPone eventually stopped dancing and focused more on developing his acting abilities

The Broadway productions of Late Nite Comic, Zoya's Apartment, A View From the Bridge, True West, and A Thousand Clowns all included LuPone as an actor