R.I.P. Louis Zorich

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Re: R.I.P. Louis Zorich

Postby Mister Tee » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:49 am

My wife, and multiple friends, have worked with Zorich over the years, and have always spoken very highly of him. A good man, and a good, funny actor.

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R.I.P. Louis Zorich

Postby Reza » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:52 pm

Louis Zorich, Paul Reiser's Dad on 'Mad About You,' Dies at 93
1by Mike Barnes Hollywood Reporter 2/1/2018

A Broadway veteran and the husband of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, he also starred on TV's 'Brooklyn Bridge.'

Louis Zorich, the veteran stage actor and husband of Olympia Dukakis who played the father of Paul Reiser's character on the NBC sitcom Mad About You, has died. He was 93.

Zorich died Tuesday at his home in New York City, his representative at the Buchwald talent agency told The Hollywood Reporter.

Zorich and Dukakis, who won a supporting actress Oscar for playing Cher's mom in Moonstruck (1987), had been married since 1962.

A native of Chicago, Zorich appeared often on Broadway, making his debut in 1960 in the original production of Becket and earning a Tony nomination in 1969 for best featured actor in a play for his performance in Hadrian VII. He also stood in for Walter Matthau's Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and was in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies before making his last appearance in 2003 in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

He and Dukakis were among the founders of the Whole Theater company in Montclair, New Jersey, in the early 1970s.

Zorich appeared as sporting goods salesman Burt Buchman on 70 episodes of Mad About You during the comedy's run from 1992-99. Married to Cynthia Harris' Sylvia Buchman, he often bellowed, "It's me, Burt! Burt Buchman — your father!" upon arriving at the apartment of Paul and Jamie (Reiser and Helen Hunt).

On Gary David Goldberg's much-admired Brooklyn Bridge, Zorich portrayed Jules Berger, an Old World immigrant grandfather who was the husband of Marion Ross' character, on the CBS show that aired for two seasons, from 1991-93.

Zorich also appeared in such films as Coogan's Bluff (1968), Popi (1969), Cold Turkey (1971), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) — as the Greek restaurateur, Pete — and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988).

Survivors include his children Christina, Peter and Stefan; grandchildren Bella, Sofia, Luka and Erlinda; and a nephew, former Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Chris Zorich.

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