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 Large Fats Greek Marriage ceremony,” has died
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 Large Fats Greek Marriage ceremony,” has died. He was 94.
Constantine died Aug. 31 at his house 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 exhibits as “My Favourite Martian,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Bonanza,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Dick Van Dyke Present,” “The Fugitive,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “The Love Boat,” “Remington Steele,” “MacGyver” and “Homicide, She Wrote.” His massive break got here within the position of a principal on “Room 222,” an ABC comedy-drama set in a racially various Los Angeles highschool, for which he received an Emmy for excellent efficiency by an actor in a supporting position in 1970.
However he grew to become greatest identified for his work within the indie comedy “My Large Fats Greek Marriage ceremony,” 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 position on the TV sequence “My Large Fats Greek Life” and within the 2016 movie, “My Large Fats Greek Marriage ceremony 2.”
“My Large Fats Greek Marriage ceremony” grew to become the highest-grossing romantic-comedy of all time with a $241.4 million home gross. It was primarily based 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 a part 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 used to be anxious about somebody writing some Greek factor. Was it going to be baloney or was it going to be one thing by anyone who actually is aware of Greeks? So I learn the script and I stated, ‘Sure, this particular person clearly is aware of Greeks,’” he stated.
Constantine was the son of Greek immigrants. He began his profession on stage and was on Broadway within the late Fifties and early ’60s in such exhibits as “Arturo Ui,” “The Miracle Employee” and “Inherit the Wind.”
He made his big-screen debut alongside Mickey Rooney in “The Final 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 embrace his sisters, Patricia Gordon and Chris Dobbs.