Michael Constantine

Actor
A ruddy-complexioned, burly character player of TV and films whose work has run the gamut from comedy to Mafia dons, Michael Constantine is best recalled for playing Seymour Kaufman, principal of Walt Whitman High ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1927 in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

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My Big Fat Greek Life 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

Gus Portokalos (Actor)

The In-Laws 2002 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2001 (Tv Show)

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WW3 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Cosby 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Juror 1996 (Movie)

Judge Weitzel (Actor)

Thinner 1996 (Movie)

Tadzu Lempke (Actor)

Law & Order 1994 (Tv Show)

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Deadfall 1993 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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My Life 1993 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

By a Thread 1990 (Movie)

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Leap of Faith 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Prancer 1989 (Movie)

Mr Stewart/Santa (Actor)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

Mr Wisecarver (Actor)

Remington Steele 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

Newman (Actor)

Amanda's 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Forty Days of Musa Dagh 1982 (Movie)

Talaat Pasha (Actor)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Marv (Actor)

Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Daughters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Electra Woman and Dyna Girl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Sirota's Court 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Conspiracy of Terror 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Peeper 1976 (Movie)

Anglich (Actor)

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Luis Clasing--Hamburg-Amerika Line Agent (Actor)

Room 222 1969 - 1974 (TV Show)

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If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 (Movie)

Jack Harmon (Actor)

Justine 1969 (Movie)

Memlik Pasha (Actor)

The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

Mr Binford (Actor)

In Enemy Country 1968 (Movie)

Ladislov (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Leech (Actor)

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Beau Geste 1966 (Movie)

Rostov (Actor)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

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Quick, Before It Melts 1963 (Movie)

Mikhail Drozhensky (Actor)

Island of Love 1962 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

Big John (Actor)

The Last Mile 1958 (Movie)

Convict Ed Warner (Actor)

Because Mommy Works (TV Show)

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Big Rose (TV Show)

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Crisis in Mid-Air (TV Show)

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Deadly Harvest (TV Show)

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Death Cruise (TV Show)

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Evita Peron (TV Show)

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My Palikari (TV Show)

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Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

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Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (TV Show)

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Suddenly Single (TV Show)

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Summer of My German Soldier (TV Show)

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The Bait (TV Show)

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The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

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The Impatient Heart (TV Show)

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The Love Tapes (TV Show)

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The Secret Night Caller (TV Show)

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Twin Detectives (TV Show)

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Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV Show)

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Biography

A ruddy-complexioned, burly character player of TV and films whose work has run the gamut from comedy to Mafia dons, Michael Constantine is best recalled for playing Seymour Kaufman, principal of Walt Whitman High School, on "Room 222" (ABC, 1969-1974), as well as other agita-afflicted characters and ethnic types. He began his career on the New York stage and in the mid-1950s as understudy to Paul Muni in "Inherit the Wind". (While in the cast, he met and married actress Juliana McCarthy.) By the late 50s, Constantine had broken into feature films, playing a convict in "The Last Mile" (1959), a Mickey Rooney vehicle. He was memorable as Big John in "The Hustler" (1961), and as a former G.I. searching for a long-lost love in Italy in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" (1969). Constantine was a Jew fleeing the Nazis in "Voyage of the Damned" (1976), and more recently was a judge in "The Juror" and the gypsy who places a curse on the driver who killed his daughter in "Stephen King's Thinner" (both 1996).

Relationships

Andromache Foteadou Efstration

Mother

Thea Eileen Constantine

Daughter

Brendan Neil Constantine

Son

Theoharis Joanides

Father

Julianna McCarthy

Wife
married on October 5, 1953 divorced in 1969 appeared on CBS soap "The Young and the Restless"

Milestones

2002

Played the patriarch of a Greek family in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

1996

Portrayed gypsy who places a curse on a hit-and-run driver in "Stephen King's Thinner"

1996

Played judge in "The Juror"

1994

Reprised role of defense attorney in an episode of "Law & Order"

1992

Appeared on the NBC legal series "Law & Order" as defense attorney

1979

Had cameo in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations"

1970

TV-movie debut in "Suddenly Single" (ABC)

1968

Played World War II veteran in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"

1959

Had early feature film work in "The Last Mile"

1958

Appeared on "Armstrong Circle Theatre" (CBS)

1955

Was understudy to Paul Muni in "Inherit the Wind" on Broadway

Starred on "Sirota's Court" (NBC)

Played high school principal on "Room 222" (ABC); won Supporting Actor Emmy

Co-starred in NBC series "Hey, Landlord"

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