Louis Zorich

Actor, Physical education instructor, Bus driver
The son of Yugoslavian immigrants, character actor Louis Zorich began his career in Canada following his training at the Goodman School of Theater in his hometown of Chicago, IL. He made his Broadway debut in Jean ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Outliving Emily 2014 (Movie)

Tim Hanratty (Actor)

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Grampa (Actor)

A Bird of the Air 2011 (Movie)

Eli Stowalski (Actor)

A Hole in One 2005 (Movie)

Sammy (Actor)

The Jury 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends and Family 2003 (Movie)

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Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Mad About You 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Commandments 1997 (Movie)

Rudy Warner (Actor)

Young at Heart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Bridge 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cheap Shots 1991 (Movie)

Louie Constantine (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Mayor Baci (Actor)

Agenda For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Mindy (Actor)

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

Greek Millionaire (Actor)

Flanagan 1986 (Movie)

Joe Lerner (Actor)

Master of the Game 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

of Pete (Voice)

Nurse 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Changeling 1978 (Movie)

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The Other Side of Midnight 1977 (Movie)

Demonides (Actor)

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

Gene Fowler (Actor)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Newman's Law 1974 (Movie)

Falcone (Actor)

The Karen Valentine Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Don Is Dead 1972 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Fiddler on the Roof 1971 (Movie)

Constable (Actor)

Made For Each Other 1971 (Movie)

Pandora's Father (Actor)

Coogan's Bluff 1968 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? 1968 (Movie)

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Gamera 1967 (Movie)

Russian Ambassador (Actor)

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Actor

Honor Thy Father (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The son of Yugoslavian immigrants, character actor Louis Zorich began his career in Canada following his training at the Goodman School of Theater in his hometown of Chicago, IL. He made his Broadway debut in Jean Anouilh's "Becket" (1960), starring Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn, and has returned to the Great White Way in such productions as "Death of a Salesman" (1984) and "She Loves Me" (1993), among others. With his wife Olympia Dukakis, Zorich co-founded the Whole Theater in Montclair, New Jersey in 1972, maintaining it for 18 years before finally having to close it.

After appearing in a small role as a cab driver in Don Siegel's "Coogan's Bluff" (1968), Zorich achieved a higher profile as the constable in Norman Jewison's "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971). His other feature credits include "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984) and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), both for director Frank Oz, and John Sayles' "City of Hope" (1991). Zorich has achieved his greatest exposure by far from series TV, particularly as the star of CBS' "Brooklyn Bridge" (1991-93) and in the recurring role of Paul Reiser's father on the long-running "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99).

Relationships

Stefan Zorich

Son

Olympia Dukakis

Wife
met when they appeared together on stage in the Off-Broadway play "The Opening of a Window" married in 1962 co-founded The Whole Theatre in New Jersey together

Christ Zorich

Father
Yugoslavian immigrant

Anna Zorich

Mother
Yugoslavian immigrant

Christina Zorich

Daughter

Peter Zorich

Son
co-founded a line of food products called "Famous Fixins"

EDUCATION

Goodman Theater School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois
inspired by acting teacher Bella Itkin's words, "Just keep working"

Roosevelt College

Chicago , Illinois
school named changed to Roosevelt University

Milestones

2005

Starred opposite Michelle Williams in the drama "A Hole in One"

2001

Portrayed the producer Dmitri Weisman in the Broadway revival of "Follies"

1997

Acted the part of Rudy Warner in "Commandments"

1993

Appeared on Broadway as Maraczek, owner of the perfumery where the two lovers work, in the revival of the musical "She Loves Me"

1991

Featured as Mayor Baci in John Sayles' "City of Hope"

1988

Portrayed Greek millionaire in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", second film with director Oz

1985

Reprised Broadway role in CBS version of "Death of a Salesman"

1984

Back on Broadway as Ben in revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", starring Dustin Hoffman

1984

Provided the voice of Pete in Frank Oz's "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

1972

Co-founded with wife Olympia Dukakis the Whole Theater in Montclair, NJ, maintaining it for 18 years before finally having to close it

1970

Portrayed the constable in Norman Jewison's "Fiddler on the Roof"

1968

Co-starred with Alec McCowen in the Broadway production of "Hadrian VII"; nominated for a Supporting Actor Tony Award

1968

Played a taxi driver in Don Siegel's "Coogan's Bluff"

1967

Acted on Broadway in "Hadrian VII"

1966

Feature film debut as Russian Ambassador in Japanese sci-fi flick "Gammera the Invincible"

1960

Broadway debut in "Becket", with Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn

1959

Made New York stage debut in "Shadow of Heroes" at the York Theatre

1942

Served in US Army

Starred as Jules Berger opposite Marion Ross as his wife Sophie in CBS series "Brooklyn Bridge"

First worked as actor in Canada following his studies at the Goodman Theater School of Drama

Returned to Broadway in cast of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"

Landed first TV job in Canadian production of "Les Miserables"

Played recurring role of Paul Reiser's father Burt Buchman in long-running CBS sitcom "Mad About You"; role made regular as of the 1997-1998 season

Bonus Trivia

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"As a kid in Chicago, I went to vaudeville and loved it. Somehow, I think I always wanted to be on the stage. I was stationed at Fort Kilmer, NJ in World War II [before] being sent to Europe, when they brought in 'Rosalinda' a musical adaptation of 'Die Fledermaus', and I knew then I'd have to be onstage. I tried to to get into the Special Services branch, to work in projects like that, but I couldn't. I was with an Engineer battalion in Europe, but I didn't see any combat. Spent most of the time in England and France ..."Olympia [Dukakis] and I have been married for 31 years, but except for the Whole Theater, we seldom work together. Would you believe I was up for the part of her husband in the movie 'Moonstruck', but I didn't get it? Vince Gardenia did. Norman Jewison [the director] didn't think I was right for it." --Louis Zorich to Daily News, November 2, 1993.

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Zorich and wife Dukakis have performed together at the Williamstown Theatre, where they have done in Zorich's words "a lot of Chekhov."

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