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Michael Constantine, an Emmy Award-winning character actor who reached worldwide fame enjoying the Windex bottle-toting father of the bride within the 2002 movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” has died. He was 94.
Constantine died Aug. 31 at his residence in Studying, Pennsylvania, of pure causes, his household stated. The information was confirmed to The Related Press on Thursday by his agent, Julia Buchwald.
Constantine made appearances on such TV reveals as “My Favorite Martian,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Bonanza,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Fugitive,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “The Love Boat,” “Remington Steele,” “MacGyver” and “Murder, She Wrote.” His large break got here within the function of a principal on “Room 222,” an ABC comedy-drama set in a racially numerous Los Angeles highschool, for which he gained an Emmy for excellent efficiency by an actor in a supporting function in 1970.
However he grew to become greatest recognized for his work within the indie comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” which centered on a middle-class Greek American girl who falls in love with an upper-middle-class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Constantine reprised his function on the TV sequence “My Big Fat Greek Life” and within the 2016 movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” grew to become the highest-grossing romantic-comedy of all time with a $241.4 million home gross. It was based mostly on writer-star Nia Vardalos’ one-woman play and produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for simply $5 million.
Constantine initially auditioned for the half of Gus and informed The Hollywood Reporter that he was anxious to learn Vardalos’ script, leery about the way it may signify the Greek American expertise.
“I was anxious about someone writing some Greek thing. Was it going to be baloney or was it going to be something by somebody who really knows Greeks? So I read the script and I said, ‘Yes, this person obviously knows Greeks,’” he stated.
Vardalos paid tribute to Constantine on Twitter, writing: “Acting with him came with a rush of love and fun. I will treasure this man who brought Gus to life. He gave us so much laughter and deserves a rest now.”
Constantine was the son of Greek immigrants. He began his profession on stage and was on Broadway within the late Nineteen Fifties and early ’60s in such reveals as “Arturo Ui,” “The Miracle Worker” and “Inherit the Wind.”
He made his big-screen debut alongside Mickey Rooney in “The Last Mile” and had roles in “The Hustler,” “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Prancer,” “The Reivers,” “My Life” and “The Juror.”
Constantine was married and divorced twice. Survivors embody his sisters, Patricia Gordon and Chris Dobbs.