Louis Zorich dead, survived by 3 children and wife: Photos
Renowned stage actor Louis Zorich who won accolades for his exceptional performance while playing Burt Buchman, the father of Paul Reiser on the TV sitcom “Mad About You,” has died at 93. Louis Zorich cause of death was said to be natural.
The husband of Academy Award winning actor Olympia Dukakis, Zorich was a talented actor and won praise and reverence from almost every one in the course of his seven decades long acting career. The news of Louis Zorich’s death was announced by his son, Peter.
While announcing his demise on social networking giant, Facebook, Peter said, “Our father, Louis Zorich, passed last night peacefully in sleep two weeks shy of his 94th birthday…He was larger than life but an extraordinarily humble man. The best I will ever know. We will miss him dearly.”
His nephew, Chris Zorich, who played for the Chicago Bears, in a tweet condoled his death saying, “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.”
His co-star, Helen Hunt, while condoling his death said, “A treasure!!!!!! Louis Zorich was a world class actor. I saw him do Chekhov and I saw him play the Pirate King in a senior citizen production in one of the funniest #madaboutyou episodes ever.”
The actor was born and brought up in Chicago.He is married to Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis since 1962. They have three children together. Louis’ nephew, Chris Zorich, is a former defensive tackle who played in college for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.
He recorded and released an album on Folkways Records, entitled Moby Dick: Selections Read by Louis Zorich. One of Zorich’s first major film roles was the Russian Constable in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof. He was featured in Popi and For Pete’s Sake and played the role of Pete in the 1984 film The Muppets Take Manhattan.