The Emmy-winning actor passed away on August 31 at the age of 94
Key Cast”my big Fat Greek Wedding,” met again on Thursday to honor one of its own.
Emmy winning actor Michael Constantine”room 222The man who played the Windex-loving father in a romantic comedy about a large Greek family died on August 31. He was 94.
The franchise’s actress and co-writer, Nia Vardalos, shared a photo of the cast reunion to pay a fitting tribute to her late co-star.
“Friends in real life is why we have so much fun making movies. Cousin Nikki @Family.Carides and brother nikki @louismandylorofficial & Mother, @laney_kazan Gathered to honor the memory of Michael Constantine, may he rest in peace,” Vardalos’ post read.
The writer shared some exciting news for the fans of the film and its sequel.
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“He told me he wouldn’t be joining us for the third film and wished we went ahead. I wrote the script to reflect Michael’s decision and will always cherish my final messages for me, hopefully. We were filming soon. Various forms made indies difficult, but we are hopeful. Please stop calling my mom asking if you can be in it and please don’t tell me your thoughts, script It’s over,” his post continues.
Vardalos continued: “(And no Toula and Ian are grandparents!) We miss Michael, thank you for bringing my words to life with so much passion and precision, you will always be with us.”
One photo shows Vardalos, Carides, Mandilor and Kazan sitting around a restaurant table with their arms around each other.
Last month, a representative for Constantine confirmed to Granthshala News that his family announced his death at their local outlet in Reading, Penn. hometown, reading eagle. In the announcement, the family said that she died peacefully of natural causes surrounded by close family including her sisters. He had been battling an unknown illness for several years, his brother-in-law Michael Gordon told the outlet.
Constantine began his career on stage in New York before turning to television in the 1950s, eventually landing the role that put him on the map as Principal Seymour Kaufman in the fictional Los Angeles Walt Whitman High on ABC’s “Room 222” . The role earned Constantine Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in 1970 before the show’s five-season finale in 1974.
The most recent claim to Constantine’s popularity was as Gus Portokalos in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Born to Greek immigrants himself, the role of a man from an eccentric Greek family was not a stretch for the skilled character actor. The actor said in a 2016 interview that he was concerned that the script would be inauthentic to the actual Greek-American experience.
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“I had to audition for the part,” he recalled at the time. “Earlier, I asked to read the script, as I was very smart. I didn’t know Nia then. [she also penned the screenplay], and I was worried that someone should write Greek. Was it going to be baloney or was it going to be done by someone who actually knows the Greeks? So I read the script and I said, ‘Yeah, this guy obviously knows Greek.’”
Constantine reprized his role in the short-lived 2003 sitcom “My Big Fat Greek Life” and the 2016 film sequel “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”.