Vale: Michael Constantine
Actor best known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Room 222 has died.
US character actor Michael Constantine, best known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Room 222 has died, aged 94.
His family this week announced that Constantine died on August 31 in his Pennsylvania home surrounded by family after being ill for several years.
Constantine played Gus, the father of Nia Vardalos’ Toula Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The remains by far the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. He also reprised the role in the sequel and TV series My Big Fat Greek Life.
He won an Emmy in 1970 for his supporting role as principal Seymour Kaufman in Room 222 for which he was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
His other TV credits were Roots: The Next Generations, Remington Steele, Law & Order, Dr. Kildare, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Hogan’s Heroes, My Favorite Martian, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Murder She Wrote.
Film credits included Voyage of the Damned, The Juror, Stephen King’s Thinner, The Last Mile, If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, and Beau Geste.
Nia Vardalos paid tribute to her on-screen father on Twitter, writing: “Michael Constantine, the dad to our cast-family, a gift to the written word, and always a friend. 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. We love you Michael.”