Tony Award Nominee Louis Zorich Dies at 93

Obituaries   Tony Award Nominee Louis Zorich Dies at 93
The stage and screen performer was known to most for his seven-year stint as Burt Buchman on Mad About You.
Louis Zorich
Louis Zorich Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Louis Zorich, a Tony nominee for the 1969 play Hadrian VII, died January 30 at the age of 93. His death was confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter by a representative at the talent agency Don Buchwald and Associates.

Born in 1924 and raised in Chicago, Zorich studied drama at the Goodman Theater before making his Broadway debut in 1960 in Becket, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn.

He went on to appear on Broadway 18 more times, including a Tony-nominated turn in Hadrian VII, the original production of The Odd Couple (standing by for Walter Matthau), the 1993 and 2001 revivals of She Loves Me and Follies, and, in 2003, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Onscreen, he was best known for playing father to Paul Reiser on the NBC series Mad About You. His additional credits include The Muppets Take Manhattan and the film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof.

Zorich met his wife, Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, at an audition for an Off-Broadway play and married in 1962. She survives him alongside their three children and four grandchildren.

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