Joseph Sylvester Maher[a]
29 December 1933
|Died||17 July 1998 (aged 64)|
|Resting place||Aughaval Cemetery|
Joseph Sylvester Maher (29 December 1933 – 17 July 1998) was an Irish-American actor, playwright, and occasionally theatre director. He was best known for his roles in the comedies of Joe Orton. He received three Tony Award nominations for his roles in the plays Spokesong, Night and Day, and Loot, with the last winning him a Drama Desk Award. His other accolades included an Obie Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.
Maher immigrated to Canada in 1956 and in his youth worked for an oil company. He started acting with the Canadian Players and performed across Canada for three years before moving to New York.
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|
|1986||Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp||Sultan||Episode 23, Faerie Tale Theatre|
|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)|
Awards and nominations
|1977||22nd Village Voice Obie Awards||Distinguished Performance by an Actor||Savages||Won|
|1979||33rd Tony Awards||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Spokesong||Nominated|
|1980||34th Tony Awards||Night and Day||Nominated|
|1986||40th Tony Awards||Loot||Nominated|
|31st Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
|1991||15th Laurence Olivier Awards||Comedy Performance of the Year||What the Butler Saw||Nominated|
- Joseph Sylvie Maher is the spelling on his tombstone.
- "Joseph Maher". Find a Grave. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
- Applebome, Peter (21 July 1998). "Joseph Maher, Versatile Character Actor, Is Dead at 64". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "Joseph Maher Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- Oliver, Myrna (22 July 1998). "Joseph Maher, 64; TV, Screen and Stage Actor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 September 2021.