Louis Zorich

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Louis Zorich
Born (1924-02-12)February 12, 1924
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died January 30, 2018(2018-01-30) (aged 93)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1958–2018
Spouse(s) Olympia Dukakis (1962–2018)
Children 3
Relatives Chris Zorich (nephew)

Louis Zorich (February 12, 1924 – January 30, 2018) was an American actor. He is perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Paul Buchman's father, Burt Buchman, on the NBC series Mad About You. He played the role from 1993 to 1999.

Life and career[edit]

Zorich was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Croatian immigrants Anna (née Gledic) and Christ Zoric.[1][2] He attended Earle Elementary School[3] before going on to attend Roosevelt College and Goodman Theater School of Drama in his hometown of Chicago.[4] Zorich was married to Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis from 1962 until his death. They had 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.[5]

In 1965, Zorich 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. In the 1985-film Death of a Salesman he played Ben the older brother of Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman). In 1986 he played a Swiss businessman in Club Paradise with Robin Williams, and in 1988 appeared as Nikos, the Greek millionaire, part of a group arriving in a yacht party, in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Steve Martin and Michael Caine. He also had a co-starring role in the critically acclaimed, albeit short-lived, TV comedy Brooklyn Bridge playing family patriarch Jules Berger.

He also starred in the 1976 Broadway play Herzl.

He also edited the anthology What Have You Done: The Inside Stories of Auditioning from the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Zorich was on the faculty of HB Studio in New York City. He died in Manhattan at the age of 93 on January 30, 2018.[6][1]


  1. ^ a b O'Donnell, Maureen (February 4, 2018). "Actor Louis Zorich, South Side native and husband of Olympia Dukakis, dead at 93". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Louis Zorich Biography (1924-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "cpsalumni.org". www.cpsalumni.org. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Yahoo! Movies: Louis Zorich Biography. Retrieved October 21, 2007. Archived 2011-06-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Downey, Mike (May 13, 2007). "Mother's Day sweet reminder to Zorich". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  6. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 2, 2018). "Louis Zorich, Familiar Actor on TV and Stage, Dies at 93". The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 

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