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Ted Neeley

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Image credit: Jesus Christ, Superstar: Kobal Collection

Ted Neeley: He played Jesus -- what's he done since?

WHAT IT IS Written and directed by Norman Jewison (Agnes of God), this multiethnic musical version of the story of Christ goes rock and roll thanks to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita), who created the original 1971 Broadway hit.

COSTARS Carl Anderson (right, with Neeley; The Color Purple) as Judas Iscariot; Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene

HIS CAREER B.C. From 1968 to 1970 he was a leper and Christ understudy in Superstar's New York production.

HIS CAREER A.D. He had a small role in the 1981 Jan-Michael Vincent film Hard Country.

FINAL JUDGMENT Oh, Ted, we hardly knew ye.

Originally posted Feb 12, 2004