Michael Constantine, an Emmy-winning personality star referred to as the genially dyspeptic institution principal on the preferred TV series “Area 222” and, thirty years later on, as the genially dyspeptic patriarch in the hit movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” passed away on Aug. 31 at his residence in Reading, Pa.
He was 94. His agent, Julia Buchwald, confirmed the death.Mr.
Constantine, who started his job on the Broadway phase, was gifted with strong brows, a personal warmth that belied his seasonal hangdog look, as well as the command of a Babel of international accents. Of Greek extraction, he was routinely cast by Hollywood to depict a welter of ethnicities.He played numerous Jewish personalities, winning an Emmy in 1970 for the duty of Seymour Kaufman, that presided with grumpy humankind over a fictional Los Angeles school on “Area 222.” Program on ABC from 1969 to 1974, the program focused on an idealistic Black history teacher, played by, that emulated a range of problems, social as well as or else, at the racially diverse Walt Whitman High School.He additionally played Italians, on shows consisting of”The Untouchables “as well as” Kojak”; Russians, as in the 1980s series “Airwolf”; a Gypsy, in the 1996 scary film “Slimmer,” adapted from a Stephen King book; and also, on event, also a Greek or two.Mr.
Constantine was had of a gravitas that typically led to him being cast as legal representatives or heavies. He played the title duty, the night-court court Matthew Sirota, on “Sirota’s Court,” a short-term sitcom revealed on NBC in the 1976-77 season.He had guest functions on scores of other programs, including “Naked City,””Perry Mason, “” Ironside,” “Gunsmoke” as well as “Hey, Proprietor” in the 1960s, and also “Remington Steele,” “Murder, She Wrote” as well as “Law & & Order” in the ’80s as well as ’90s.
On film, he appeared in “The Last Mile” (1959 ), a jail image starring Mickey Rooney; “The Hustler” (1961 ), starring Paul Newman; the 1969 comedies “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium” and “Don’t Drink the Water”; and also “Voyage of the Damned” (1976 ).
Mr. Constantine became understood to an even wider, younger audience as Gus Portokalos, the combustible, tradition-bound father whose child is engaged to a patrician white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, in the hit 2002 comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding Event.”