Joseph Maher

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Joseph Maher
Born (1933-12-29)December 29, 1933
Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
Died July 17, 1998(1998-07-17) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Actor

Joseph Maher (pronounced Ma-her or Ma-HARR,[1][2] December 29, 1933 – July 17, 1998) was an Irish character actor who appeared in 43 films and was nominated for three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award for his supporting roles on the stage.

Life and career[edit]

Maher was born in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, the son of Delia A. (née O'Malley) and Joseph Maher, a schoolteacher.[3] One of ten children, he was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers.

Maher's Broadway theatre credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, King Henry V, The Royal Family, Night and Day, and Loot.

Maher's film credits included For Pete's Sake, Heaven Can Wait, Time After Time, Just Tell Me What You Want, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, The Evil That Men Do, My Stepmother is an Alien, Sister Act, Funny Farm, I.Q., In & Out, Mars Attacks!, The Out-of-Towners and the 1984 Frankenweenie. He also played Emile Dorian in Batman:The Animated Series, Episode Tyger, Tyger.

Maher is also known for his portrayal of a drunken airline passenger on the Seinfeld episode "The Dog".


Maher died of a brain tumor at his home in Los Angeles, California, on July 17, 1998. Maher's interment was in his hometown of Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.


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