Harvey Forbes Fierstein (born June 6, 1954) is an American actor and playwright. He is best known for his theater work and movie roles. In Independence Day, he portrayed Marty Gilbert. Other notable films Fierstein has appeared include Mrs. Doubtfire and the voice of Yao in Mulan and Mulan II.
Fierstein won two Tony Awards, Best Actor in a Play and Best Play, for Torch Song Trilogy. He received his third Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical, for the musical La Cage aux Folles and his fourth, the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Fierstein also wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, Newsies, and A Catered Affair. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007. For his role on the television show Cheers, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.