Who is Louis Zorich?
Louis Zorich widely known as the husband of Olympia Dukakis, the actress who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy ‘Moonstuck’. Zorich, who lived from February 12, 1924, to January 30, 2018, is better known to television viewers for his role as Burt Buchman, Paul Buchman’s father, on the NBC series ‘Mad About You’, and the grandfather in ‘Brooklyn Bridge, a well-regarded CBS series during the 1990s.
Oscar-winning actress Dukakis has reportedly died at the age of 89, her family has announced.
Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich
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Louis Zorich Biography
Born in Chicago to Yugoslavian immigrants, Zorich attended Earle Elementary School before going on to attend Roosevelt University and Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago (now at DePaul University) in his hometown. Zorich lived from February 12, 1924, to January 30, 2018.
He also served in the US Army during World War II, in an engineering firefighting platoon attached to Gen George S Patton’s command.
Louis Zorich Wikipedia
He is better known to television viewers for his role as Burt Buchman, Paul Buchman’s father, on the NBC series ‘Mad About You’.
Zorich played a number of roles over the course of about 60 years, the majority of which were of the character-actor variety. He recorded and released ‘Moby Dick: Selections Read by Louis Zorich’ on Folkways Records in 1965. His other profound work is Brooklyn Bridge, a CBS series during the 1990s.
Following this, he landed one of his iconic roles as the Russian Constable in the family classic ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (1971). In Arthur Miller’s movie adaptation of his book ‘Death of a Salesman’ (1985), he played Ben, the older brother of Willy Loman.
In 1986 he played a Swiss businessman in ‘Club Paradise’ with Robin Williams, and in 1988 appeared as Nikos, the Greek millionaire, part of a group arriving in a yacht party, in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ with Steve Martin and Michael Caine. His Broadway credits include ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (2003) to ‘Hadrian VII’ (1969), ‘The Condemned of Altona ‘(1966), and ‘The Odd Couple’ (1965). Zorich was on the faculty of HB Studio in New York City. Zorich and his wife founded the Whole Theatre Company in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1973, which was the state’s first resident professional theater, which they operated for 18 years.
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There he played King Lear. In 2004, he played Agamemnon in the Aquila Theater Company’s Off-Broadway production of Aeschylus’ ‘Agamemnon,’ opposite Dukakis’ Clytemnestra. “I don’t know why or how people cannot want to go to the theater,” he once said, according to the New York Times.
“I don’t understand that. It’s not like TV, it’s not like the movies.”
He met Dukakis in an off-Broadway play called ‘The Opening of a Window.’ “My dad was up for the part of the husband,” Peter Zorich told the New York Times. “The wife was already cast — Olympia Dukakis. He read for the part but didn’t get it — can’t make that up. They moved in together.” The pair married the next year, and remained so for 56 years, from 1962, to his death in 2018. Together, Zorich and Dukakis have three children.
Peter and Stefan are their two sons, and Christina is their daughter.
Olympia Dukakis Husband
In 1991, Zorich and Dukakis played warring couple George and Martha in a Montclair production of Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ He said that the couple had gotten too deep into their characters. He said that after a few weeks on the show, he marched into her dressing room and demanded, “Why are you going after me like that?” only to hear her reply that she was only acting.
She approached him with the same sort of allegation after another week or two. “I’ll never forget that,” he said. “We almost got divorced.”
Olympia Dukakis Death
Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis has died at the age of 89.
Dukakis, who also starred in “Look Who’s Talking” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” died at her home in New York City.
“My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in NYC,” wrote her brother Apollo, who confirmed her death on his Facebook page Saturday.
Olympia Dukakis has passed away at the age of 89. Rest In Peace… https://t.co/rv8sqFXoO5
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) May 1, 2021
Olympia Dukakis Cause of Death
Her brother also wrote she was “at peace” after suffering ill health. Dukakis had a long and distinguished career in theatre, both as a performer and as a director. The actress, who went on to star in ‘Steel Magnolias’, was married to Louis Zorich. Zorich was a theatre icon and a busy actor who appeared on Broadway with stars like Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman, and on the popular TV series ‘Mad About You’. Here’s what you need to know about him.
“After many months of failing health, she is finally at peace and with her [husband] Louis [Zorich].” The cause of death has yet to be determined.
She rose to prominence late in her career with memorable turns in 1980s films such as “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias.