Joseph Maher

Actor, Bartender, Oil company worker
A veteran character player with a long career on stage and screen, the silver-haired, often mustachioed Joseph Maher was usually cast in comedic roles, generally as butlers or clerics. The Irish-born actor moved to ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1933 in Ireland

Filmography

Actor (45)

Hoods 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

Mr Wellstone (Actor)

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Father Tim (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Decorator (Actor)

OK Garage 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Surviving Picasso 1996 (Movie)

Kahnweiler (Actor)

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulletproof Heart 1994 (Movie)

Dr Alstricht (Actor)

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Nathan Liebknecht (Actor)

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Isaac Newboldt (Actor)

Laurie Hill 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything But Love 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Bishop O'Hara (Actor)

The Old Reliable 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Farm 1988 (Movie)

Michael Sinclair (Actor)

My Stepmother Is An Alien 1988 (Movie)

Dr Lucas Budlong (Actor)

Second Chance 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Why on Earth? 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bigfoot 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. & Mrs. Ryan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Dare 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

At Your Service 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Evil That Men Do 1984 (Movie)

Moloch (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

Doctor Kalman (Actor)

Going Ape! 1981 (Movie)

Gridley (Actor)

Under the Rainbow 1981 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

Dr Coleson (Actor)

Those Lips Those Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Fibby Geyer (Actor)

Time After Time 1979 (Movie)

Adams (Actor)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Sisk (Actor)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

Mr Coates (Actor)

It Ain't Easy 1971 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Passages From James Joyce's Finnegans Wake 1964 (Movie)

Celebrant (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Brokers (TV Show)

Actor

Bigfoot (TV Show)

Actor

My Old Man (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A veteran character player with a long career on stage and screen, the silver-haired, often mustachioed Joseph Maher was usually cast in comedic roles, generally as butlers or clerics. The Irish-born actor moved to Canada at age 22 where he briefly worked for an oil company and as a bartender before joining an amateur theater troupe. He made his professional debut with the Canada Players in a 1959 production of "The Taming of the Shrew" and migrated to the USA three years later. Maher soon became a prominent stage actor, co-starring with Dustin Hoffman in "Eh?" (1966-67), Zoe Caldwell in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968) and Al Pacino in "The Local Stigmatic" (1969). During this time, he alternated between NYC and regional theaters. He also found time to act in the occasional TV production, like his supporting turn to Julie Harris in "Little Moon of Alban" (NBC, 1964).

Relationships

Delia A Maher

Mother

Noreen Armstrong

Sister
survived him

Maureen Hogan

Sister
survived him

Bridie Ingham

Sister
survived him

Thomas Maher

Brother
survived him

Joseph Maher

Father

Eileen McCarthy

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

Royal Conservatory

Toronto , Ontario

Milestones

1998

Last TV appearance, as regular on the CBS sitcom "Style & Substance"

1997

Last film role as a priest in "In & Out"

1996

Played the artist's art dealer in "Surviving Picasso"

1996

Co-starred on the UPN sitcom "Goode Behavior"

1992

Cast as the bishop in "Sister Act"

1992

Played a doctor on the short-lived sitcom "Laurie Hill" (ABC)

1987

Played St Peter in the Fox sitcom "Second Chance"

1986

Won critical acclaim for his turn as the police inspector in the revival of "Loot"; received thrid Tony nomination

1985

Co-starred as the butler Sylvester in the short-lived CBS detective series "Double Dare"

1983

Stage directing debut, "The Hostage" at the Long Wharf Theatre; also acted in

1980

Garnered second Tony nomination for "Night and Day"

1979

Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "My Old Man"

1979

Received first Tony Award nomination for his featured performance in "Spokesong"

1979

Play "Dance for Me, Simeon" performed at the George Street Theatre in NJ

1978

Portrayed a butler in "Heaven Can Wait"

1974

First major film role in "For Pete's Sake"

1968

Company member at Charles Playhouse in Boston, MA

1968

Co-starred with Zoe Caldwell in the Broadway production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

1965

Film debut in small role in "Passages From James Joyce's Finnegans Wake"

1965

Was a member of the acting company at the Theatre Company of Boston

1964

Broadway debut as understudy in "The Chinese Prime Minister"

1964

TV debut in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "Little Moon of Alban", also starring Harris

1962

Off-Broadway debut in "The Hostage", starring Julie Harris

1961

Moved to NYC (date approximate)

1959

Stage debut in Toronto production of "The Taming of the Shrew"

1956

Moved to Canada

Appeared as a regular on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

Was regular on the ABC sitcom "Anything But Love"

Was featured alongside Rosemary Harris and Eva Le Gallienne in the stage revival of "The Royal Family"

Was featured in the Canadian TV production "Hangman's House"

Born and raised in Ireland

Appeared at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

Had recurring role of Dr David Stadson on the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"

Spent one season with the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas

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