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December 29, 1933|
Westport, County Mayo, Irish Free State
July 17, 1998 (aged 64)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
Joseph Sylvester Maher (pronounced Ma-her or Ma-HARR, December 29, 1933 – July 17, 1998) was an Irish-born naturalized American character actor, playwright and director, best known for his roles in motion pictures, television and the theater. He was nominated for three Tony Awards, won a Drama Desk Award and Obie Award, and was a nominee of the Olivier Award for his supporting roles on the stage. He was also known for appearing in plays by Joe Orton.
Maher was one of ten children born to Delia A. (née O'Malley) and Joseph Maher, a schoolteacher, in Westport, County Mayo, Irish Free State. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers and emigrated to Canada in 1956 where he worked for an oil company before becoming interested in theater. He worked for three years with the Canadian Players before making his New York stage debut in Brendan Behan's The Hostage.
Maher's film credits include 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, Frankenweenie, My Stepmother is an Alien, Sister Act, Funny Farm, I.Q., In & Out, The Shadow, Mars Attacks! and The Out-of-Towners
Maher's appearances on television included roles in the Soap operas Guiding Light and Another World. He also guest-starred in several other TV series including M*A*S*H, Wonder Woman, When Things Were Rotten, Ellery Queen, St. Elsewhere, ALF, Gimme a Break!, Moonlighting, Thirtysomething, Murder, She Wrote, Seinfeld, Tales from the Crypt and Chicago Hope.
|1966||Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake||Celebrant|
|1972||It Ain't Easy||Charlie|
|1974||For Pete's Sake||Mr. Coates|
|1976||Diary of the Dead||Walter Johnson|
|1978||Heaven Can Wait||Sisk|
|1979||Time After Time||Adams|
|1980||Just Tell Me What You Want||Dr. Coleson|
|1980||Those Lips, Those Eyes||Fibby Geyer|
|1981||Under the Rainbow||The Duke|
|1982||I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can||Doctor Kalman|
|1984||The Evil That Men Do||Molloch|
|1988||Funny Farm||Michael Sinclair|
|1988||My Stepmother is an Alien||Lucas Budlong|
|1990||The Local Stigmatic||David|
|1992||Sister Act||Bishop O'Hara|
|1994||The Shadow||Isaac Newboldt|
|1996||Mars Attacks!||White House Decorator|
|1997||In & Out||Father Tim|
|1999||The Out-of-Towners||Mr. Wellstone||(final film role)|
- "Joseph Maher Biography (1933-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
- "Joseph Maher, Versatile Character Actor, Is Dead at 64 - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. July 21, 1998. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
- Joseph Maher profile, FilmReference.com; accessed June 11, 2017.