A veteran stage actor who was known to television audiences for his role as the father of Paul Reiser’s character on “Mad About You” has died. Deadline reports that Louis Zorich died Tuesday in New York.
Zorich, who was the husband of Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, was 93.
“Among his many roles on and off-Broadway, he understudied Walter Matthau’s Oscar Madison in Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’ and later starred in ’45 Seconds From Broadway,’ Simon’s play about the writers of Sid Caesar’s ‘Your Show of Shows,'” Deadline notes. “Zorich also appeared in a 2001 Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s ‘Follies.’ He last appeared in a 2003 revival of August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.'”
Zorich received a Tony nomination in 1969 for “Hadrian VII.” He and Dukakis co-founded the Whole Theater company in their hometown of Montclair, N.J.
Here’s a YouTube clip in which Zorich and Dukakis talk about the secret to a successful marriage …