Louis Zorich, for over 55 years the husband of actor Olympia Dukakis (pictured in main image, b. 1931), has died, THR reports. He was 93.
Zorich is well-known to TV fans as the father of the Paul Reiser (b. 1957) character on Mad About You (1993-1999).
Just heard the so sad news that our friend Louis Zorich has left us. Believe me when I say there has never been a more joyful and delicious human being to see every morning when you show up for work. Louis had the heartiest laugh and the biggest heart. I will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/mWy6UOixbS
— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) February 2, 2018
Zorch made his first Broadway bows in Becket in 1960, stood in for Walter Matthau (1920-2000) in the original production of The Odd Couple (1965), starred in Herzl (1976), appeared in a revival of Follies (2001) and — finally — in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2003).
He was Constable in the 1971 feature-film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, and also appeared in the films The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) and Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989).
Along with Dukakis, he is survived by three children.