Michael Constantine, who conducted Gus, the daddy of Nia Vardalos’ Toula Portokalos in “My Ample Beefy Greek Marriage ceremony,” by a long way the ideal-grossing romantic comedy of all time, died Aug. 31. He became 94.
Constantine’s agent confirmed the records of his death. He died of pure causes.
“My Ample Beefy Greek Marriage ceremony” scored a home sinful of $241 million in 2002; No. 2 on the checklist is “What Women folk Desire” with $183 million. The film drew a SAG Awards nomination for excellent performance by the cast of a theatrical motion image.
As Roger Ebert recounted, Constantine’s Gus “specializes in finding the Greek root for any word (even ‘kimono’), and delivers a toast in which he explains that ‘Miller’ goes assist to the Greek word for apple, and ‘Portokalos’ relies on the Greek word for oranges, and so, he concludes triumphantly, ‘In the discontinue, we’re all fruits.’ “
Kind acknowledged: “Constantine fares top probably as a patriarch whose staunch traditionalism is as we converse shadowy-bulb and plump-hearted.”
Michael Constantine, the dad to our forged-family, a gift to the written word, and always a chum. Acting with him came with a hobble of like and relaxing. I will cherish this man who brought Gus to lifestyles. He gave us so noteworthy laughter and deserves a rest now. We like you Michael. 🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/PV0sIBtaUX
— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) September 9, 2021
Constantine reprised his characteristic in a short-lived CBS series that moreover starred Vardalos and Lainie Kazan in 2003, “My Ample Beefy Greek Lifestyles,” and the 2016 film sequel, “My Ample Beefy Greek Marriage ceremony 2,” in which the wedding ceremony became that of Gus and Kazan’s Maria after a procedural defect of their usual nuptials in Greece is uncovered, necessitating one other ceremony.
Before the “Ample Beefy Greek Marriage ceremony” phenomenon, Constantine became top probably identified as a tv actor who conducted main Seymour Kaufman on James L. Brooks’ then-hip-for-TV high college comedy “Room 222,” which ran on ABC from 1969-74 and moreover starred Lloyd Haynes as trainer Pete Dixon; Denise Nicholas as college counselor Liz McIntyre; and Karen Valentine as scholar trainer Alice Johnson.
For his work on “Room 222,” Constantine became twice Emmy nominated, in 1970 and 1971, successful the main time.
He recurred as the Sorcerer on “Electra Girl and Dyna Girl” in 1976 — the same year he bought his hang cloak, a forerunner of “Evening Court” called “Sirota’s Court,” an NBC comedy in which he starred as Desire Matthew Sirota. It ran for 13 episodes.
Additionally in 1976, Constantine conducted one in every of many German Jews in search of to cruise the Nazis within the feature “Voyage of the Damned,” starring Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner and Lee Grant.
He conducted the daddy of Kristy McNichol’s character within the famend TV movie “Summer of My German Soldier” (1978) and had a minute phase in “Roots: The Subsequent Generations” (1979).
He guested on a wide quantity of TV series for a long time, recurring on “Remington Steele” as an idiosyncratic businessman — and exhibiting memorably in a 1994 episode of “Law & Narrate.”
Constantine conducted the daddy of Patrick Dempsey’s “Sonny” Wisecarver, a 15-year-outdated who elopes with a 21-year-outdated conducted by Talia Balsam, within the 1987 romantic comedy “In the Mood.”
The actor had two movie gigs in 1996, taking part within the instruct in courtroom thriller “The Juror,” starring Demi Moore and Alec 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, and portraying the man who locations a curse on the hit-and-hobble driver who killed his daughter in “Stephen King’s Thinner.” Then “My Ample Beefy Greek Marriage ceremony” hit in 2002.
Constantine Joanides became born in Reading, Penn.
He began his career on the Original York stage (although the actor made his minute-cloak debut within the very early days of the medium with a single appearance on NBC’s “The Ample Story” in 1949). In 1955, he served as understudy to Paul Muni, who conducted Henry Drummond within the distinctive Broadway manufacturing of “Inherit the Wind.” Constantine’s acting mentors moreover incorporated Howard Da Silva.
He seemed on Broadway in “Compulsion,” a play basically based on the Leopold and Loeb case starring Dean Stockwell and Roddy McDowall, in 1957-58, and in 1959 he seemed within the distinctive Broadway manufacturing of “The Miracle Employee” as Mr. Anagnos, the headmaster of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the college the put Anne Bancroft’s Annie Sullivan educated. He therefore seemed in “The Egg” and “Arturo Ui,” but each had extremely brief runs in 1962 and 1963, respectively.
While exhibiting on Broadway and on varied stages, he made ends meet by working as a night watchman and a barker in a taking pictures gallery.
Constantine made his film debut in Howard W. Koch’s death row image “The Last Mile,” starring Mickey Rooney. He had a memorable supporting characteristic as Ample John in Robert Rossen’s traditional 1961 pool image “The Hustler,” starring Paul Newman.
For the length of the 1960s the actor guested on “Dr. Kildare,” “The Untouchables,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Perry Mason,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “My Popular Martian,” “The Dick Van Dyke Indicate,” to title but a few. He recurred on NBC’s 1966-67 comedy “Hi there, Landlord” as John “Jack” Ellenhorn.
On the plump cloak he seemed within the Delbert Mann-directed, Antarctic-blueprint comedy “Instant Before It Melts” (1964), starring George Maharis and Robert Morse; the 1966 “Beau Geste” remake; George Roy Hill’s “Hawaii,” starring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow; 1968’s notorious “Skidoo,” “Otto Preminger’s enormous misfire of a counterculture comedy,” within the phrases of the Austin Legend; travelogue comedy “If It be Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium” (1969), in which he conducted a aged G.I. in Italy procuring for a long-misplaced like; the misbegotten “Justine” (1969); and “Make no longer Drink the Water,” an adaptation of Woody Allen’s play in which Constantine conducted Krojack, head of the Vulgarian secret police.
While exhibiting on “Room 222,” Constantine maintained a busy time table, continuing to visitor on varied reveals.
“My Ample Beefy Greek Marriage ceremony 2” became his closing credit score.
Constantine became married to actress Julianna McCarthy from 1953 until their divorce in 1969.
He’s survived by daughter Thea Eileen Constantine and son Brendan Neil Constantine.