My Big Fat Greek Wedding actor Michael Constantine dies at 94

Michael Constantine, an Emmy Award-profitable character actor who achieved around the world fame enjoying the Windex bottle-toting father of the bride in the 2002 movie My Massive Extra fat Greek Wedding, has died. He was 94.

Constantine died Aug. 31 at his house in Looking at, Pa,, of organic leads to, his loved ones claimed. The news was confirmed to The Related Push on Thursday by his agent, Julia Buchwald.

Constantine manufactured appearances on such Tv set shows as My Most loved MartianThe Twilight ZoneBonanzaHogan’s HeroesThe Dick Van Dyke DisplayThe FugitiveQuincy, M.E.The Adore BoatRemington SteeleMacGyver and Murder, She Wrote. His big crack arrived in the job of a principal on Area 222, an ABC comedy-drama established in a racially assorted Los Angeles significant school, for which he won an Emmy for outstanding efficiency by an actor in a supporting position in 1970.

But he became most effective identified for his perform in the indie comedy My Significant Unwanted fat Greek Wedding day, which centred on a center-class Greek American female who falls in adore with an higher-center-class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Constantine reprised his position on the Television sequence My Big Fats Greek Life and in the 2016 movie, My Large Unwanted fat Greek Marriage 2.

Constantine, appropriate, and castmates rehearse a scene of My Big Unwanted fat Greek Daily life, a CBS comedy sequence dependent on the hit movie My Large Fats Greek Marriage, Feb. 14, 2003. (Rene Macura/The Related Press)

My Large Fat Greek Wedding ceremony became the maximum-grossing passionate-comedy of all time with a $241.4 million US domestic gross. It was based mostly on writer-star Nia Vardalos’ one particular-woman play and manufactured by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for just $5 million. 

Constantine at first auditioned for the part of Gus and instructed The Hollywood Reporter that he was nervous to read through Vardalos’ script, leery about how it could possibly stand for the Greek American encounter.

“I was anxious about a person writing some Greek detail. Was it likely to be baloney or was it likely to be some thing by any individual who actually is aware Greeks? So I read the script and I stated, `Yes, this individual obviously is aware Greeks,”‘ he claimed. 

Vardalos paid out tribute to Constantine on Twitter, writing: “Acting with him came with a rush of love and exciting. I will treasure this gentleman who introduced Gus to lifetime. He gave us so a great deal laughter and warrants a rest now.” 

Constantine was the son of Greek immigrants. He started off his job on phase and was on Broadway in the late 1950s and early ’60s in this sort of reveals as Arturo UiThe Wonder Employee and Inherit the Wind.

He created his big-screen debut along with Mickey Rooney in The Last Mile and had roles in The HustlerReally don’t Consume the Drinking waterPrancerThe ReiversMy Lifetime and The Juror.

Constantine was married and divorced twice. Survivors consist of his sisters, Patricia Gordon and Chris Dobbs.