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Broadway Veteran Louis Zorich Dies at 93

The actor also appeared in Mad About You and Muppets Take Manhattan.

Louis Zorich and Olympia Dukakis in 2014.
(© David Gordon)

Louis Zorich, a veteran actor with 20 Broadway credits to his name and beloved roles in TV's Mad About You and the film The Muppets Take Manhattan, has died at the age of 93, his family has announced.

Born February 12, 1924, to Croatian immigrants, Zorich's stage career began in the 1960 Broadway production of Jean Anouilh's Becket. His Broadway appearances also include Moby Dick, The Odd Couple (standing by for the role of Oscar Madison), the 1993 revival of She Loves Me (playing Mr. Maraczek opposite Boyd Gaines and Judy Kuhn), the 2001 revival of Follies (as Dimitri Weismann), 45 Seconds From Broadway, and the 2003 revival of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which would be his last Broadway appearance.

Zorich was equally prolific off-Broadway, appearing in classics like True West, Agamemnon, Henry IV (as Falstaff) for the Public Theater in 1991, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and Ivanov, all for Classic Stage Company.

On-screen, Zorich's beloved roles included Burt Buchman, father to Paul Reiser's character, on Mad About You, and Greek restaurateur Pete in The Muppets Take Manhattan. He also had regular roles on Ryan's Hope and Brooklyn Bridge. He was the Constable in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof.

Zorich married Olympia Dukakis in 1962. Dukakis survives him, as do their three children.


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