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Zorich, Louis 1924-

Zorich, Louis 1924-


Born February 12, 1924, in Chicago, IL; son of Christ and Anna (maiden name, Gledi) Zorich; married Olympia Dukakis (an actress), November 30, 1962; children: Christina (an actress), Peter, Stefan. Education: Roosevelt College (later known as Roosevelt University), B.A.; studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama, Chicago, IL.


Agent—Don Buchwald & Associates, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actor. Whole Theatre Company, Montclair, NJ, founder (with Olympia Dukakis), 1973-88, and trustee. Worked as a physical education instructor and a bus driver. Military service—U.S. Army, 1943-45.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actor in a play, 1969, for Hadrian VII; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actor in a play, 1976, for They Knew What They Wanted; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, 1998, for Mad about You.


Stage Appearances:

Shadow of Heroes, York Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Randolph, King Henry V, Belvedere Theatre, New York City, 1960.

First English baron and foot soldier, Becket, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1960, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1960-61, and Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Heracles, The Thracian Horses, Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Various roles, including a middle-aged actor and Tashtego, and understudy for various roles, Moby Dick, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Macbeth, Macbeth, ghost, Hamlet, and Othello, Othello, all part of A Birthday Party for Shakespeare, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1963.

Police commissioner, The Good Soldier Schweik, Gate Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Crime and Crime, Cricket Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Danton's Death, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, c. 1965.

Oscar, The Odd Couple, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1965-66, and Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1966-67.

Blau and Irving, Lincoln Center Repertory, 1966.

The Condemned of Altona, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 1966.

Ludovico Nota, To Clothe the Naked, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1967.

Second man, Kiss Me, Kate (musical), Mineola Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Cardinal Ragna, Hadrian VII, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Bream, Moonchildren, Royale Theatre, 1972.

Mr. Ziroka, Fun City, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1972.

General George de La Tremouille, Goodtime Charley (musical), Palace Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Moritz Benedikt, Herzl, Palace Theatre, 1976.

Tony, They Knew What They Wanted, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Edward Teach/Blackbeard, Hot Grog (musical; also known as Hot Grog: A Tuneful Pirate Saga), Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Saul Kimmer, True West, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Martinson Hall, New York City, 1980-81.

Stephano, The Tempest, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, New York City, 1981.

Ben and Charley, Death of a Salesman, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Dr. Bartholo, The Marriage of Figaro, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Major Paul Petkoff, Arms and the Man, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1985.

Better Living, Whole Theatre, Montclair, NJ, 1989.

The Size of the World (reading), Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1989.

Falstaff, Henry IV, Part I, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, New York City, 1991.

Falstaff, Henry IV, Part II, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, 1991.

Mr. Maraczek, She Loves Me (musical), Criterion Center Stage Right, New York City, 1993, then Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1993-94.

Stan Merkle, The Size of the World, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Themistocles Kriakos, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (concert), produced as part of City Center Encores!, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Dimitri Weismann, Follies (musical), Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Little Murders (staged reading), produced as part of City Center Voices!, City Center, 2001.

Bernie, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Richard Rogers Theatre, New York City, 2001-2002.

Dr. Ivan Romanovitch Chebutikin, The Three Sisters, produced as part of The Chekhov Cycle, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, Williamstown, MA, 2003.

Ilya Ilyich Telegin, Uncle Vanya, produced as part of The Chekhov Cycle, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, 2003.

Peter Sorin, The Seagull, produced as part of The Chekhov Cycle, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, 2003.

Yermolai Alexeyevitch Lopakhin, The Cherry Orchard, produced as part of The Chekhov Cycle, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, 2003.

I Take Your Hand in Mine, produced as part of The Chekhov Cycle, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, 2003.

Sturdyvant, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Royale Theatre, 2003.

Title role, Agamemnon, Aquila Theatre Company, John Jay Theater, New York City, 2004.

Jubilee: Williamstown Theatre Festival's 50th Anniversary Bash (benefit), Williamstown, MA, 2004.

Gentleman, Beast on the Moon, Century Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, 2005.

Appeared in other productions, including Springtime for Henry, Tenthouse Theatre, Rhinelander, WI.

Major Tours:

A View from the Bridge, 1958-60.

First baron, Becket, 1961-62.

Stage Director:

The Cherry Orchard, produced as part of The Chekhov Cycle, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, Williamstown, MA, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Detective Oliver Jones, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1981.

Milo Simonelli, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), 1982.

Jules Berger, Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1991-93.

Burt Buchman, Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1992-99.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lieutenant Pappas, Master of the Game (also known as El amo del juego, La padrona del gioco, Maitre du jeu, Timantti Dynastia, and Timanttidynastia), CBS, 1984.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Joe Notario, Honor Thy Father (also known as Bandekrig, Kunnioita kummisetaeaesi, Maffians oskrivna lag, and Onora il padre), CBS, 1973.

Frank Staplin, Columbo: Agenda for Murder (also known as Agenda for Murder, Columbo, The ABC Mystery Movie, The Mystery Movie, The ABC Monday Mystery Movie, and The ABC Saturday Mystery Movie), ABC, 1990.

Joe Garaventi, Young at Heart, CBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Sam, The Karen Valentine Show, 1973.

Jonas, Antigone, PBS, 1974.

"Legacy of Fear," CBS Daytime 90, CBS, 1974.

Dorn, The Seagull, PBS, 1975.

Ben, Death of a Salesman (also known as Der Tod eines Handlungsreisenden), CBS, 1985.

(In archive footage) Pete, The World of Jim Henson, 1994.

Voice, Armenian Genocide (also known as Armenialaisten kansanmurha, Folkmordet paa armenierna, and I genoktonia ton Armenion), PBS, 2006.

Appeared in a production of Les miserables for Canadian television.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jack Cherry, "Columbine House," Hudson's Bay, CBC, 1958.

"Bosom Friends," Hudson's Bay, CBC, 1958.

"Panic at Parth Bay," First Performance, CBC, 1958.

Jack Cherry, "Civilization," Hudson's Bay, CBC, 1959.

Jamie McKenzie, "The Executioner," Hudson's Bay, CBC, 1959.

"I, Don Quixote," The DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1959.

Bulloch, "The Swan Bed," Route 66, CBS, 1960.

Dr. Singh, "A Sudden Stillness," Diagnosis: Unknown, CBS, 1960.

Sam, "And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Vladek, "The Man Who Refused to Die," Armstrong Circle Theater (also known as Circle Theater), CBS, 1962.

Manos, "Beyond This Place There Be Dragons," Naked City, ABC, 1963.

Patrol officer Charlie Lawrence, "No Wings at All," East Side, West Side, CBS, 1963.

Manuel Farrago, "Picture Me a Murder," The Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1965.

"Last Port of Call," N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1968.

Mike DeBrieno, "Lady in the Squadroom," Kojak, CBS, 1977.

Karl Sminsky, "The Gladiators," The New Avengers (also known as The New Avengers in Canada and Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir), [Great Britain], c. 1977, also broadcast on CBS.

Manuel Almeida, "Widow's Walk," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1986.

Bill, "Wedding Belle Blues," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1988.

Jack Delroy, "Company Man," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988.

Judge Milton Erdheim, "Indifference," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1990.

Marvin Belley, "The Case of the Swami Scam," Mathnet, broadcast on Square One Television, PBS, 1990.

Judge Edgar Hynes, "Jeopardy," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1995.

Mr. Sweet, "Prior to Broadway," Remember WENN, American Movie Classics, 1997.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Olympia Dukakis, Lifetime, 1999.

Samuel Abrams, "The Memories," The Jury, Fox, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jamie McKenzie, "The Battle of Mississippi," Hudson's Bay, CBC, 1958.

If I Had a Million, NBC, 1973.

John Bloom, Nurse (also known as Hospitalet), CBS, 1980.

Film Appearances:

Russian ambassador, Diakaiju Gamera (also known as Gamera, Gamera the Invincible, Gammera, Gammera the Invincible, and The Monster Gamera), Image Entertainment/World Entertainment, 1965.

Taxi driver, Coogan's Bluff, Universal, 1968.

(Uncredited) What's So Bad about Feeling Good?, Universal, 1968.

Penebaz, Popi (also known as Leben um jeden Preis and Papaabbaia piano!), United Artists, 1969.

Constable, Fiddler on the Roof (musical; also known as Anatevka, El violinista a la teulada, El violinista en el tejado, Hegedues a haztetoen, Il violinista sul tetto, Scripcarul de pe acoperis, Spelman paa taket, Spillermand paa en tagryg, Um violinista no telhado, Un violon sur le toit, and Viulunsoittaja katolla), United Artists, 1970.

Pandora's father, Made for Each Other (also known as Terapia di gruppo), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971.

Second sanitation man, They Might Be Giants (also known as Der Verkehrte Sherlock Holmes, El detective y la doctora, Encontro marcado, Kanske en Sherlock Holmes, and Ollaanpa jaettilaeisiae), Universal, 1971.

Mitch, The Don Is Dead (also known as Beautiful but Deadly, The Deadly Kiss, Der don ist tot, Don Angelo aer doed, Don Angelo er dod, Don Angelo est mort, Don on kuollut, El don ha muerto, Il boss e morto, and Le don est mort), Universal, 1973.

Dinelli, Vengeance Is Mine (also known as Blood for Blood), 1974.

Frank Lo Falcone, Newman's Law, 1974.

Nick Kasabain (the dispatcher), For Pete's Sake (also known as July Pork Bellies), 1974.

Gene Fowler, W. C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1976.

Demonides, The Other Side of Midnight (also known as De l'autre cote de minuit, El otro lado de la medianoche, Haevnen er sod, Jenseits von Mitternacht, L'altra faccia di mezzanote, Paa andra sidan midnatt, and Sydanyon tuolla puolen), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977.

George W. Chadwick, A Good Dissonance Like a Man, 1977.

The Changeling (also known as Changeling, Al final de la escalera, Apolytos tromos, Das Graven, Dehset, Det Glemte mord, Haemnd ur det foerflutna, Keskiyon painajainen, L'enfant du diable, Vaihdokas, and Zemsta po latach), Associated Film Distribution/Pan-Canadian Film Distribution, c. 1979.

Sheik Amier, Up the Academy (also known as The Brave Young Men of Weinberg, Mad MagazinePresents "Up the Academy," Mad Magazine's "Up the Academy," Die Kadeppen Akademie, and Sotilasopisto), Warner Bros., 1980.

Pete, The Muppets Take Manhattan (also known as Die Muppets erobern Manhattan, Les Muppets a Manhattan, Los telenecos conquistan Manhattan, Mupparna paa Manhattan, Muppetit Manhattanilla, and Os marretas conquistam Nova Iorque), TriStar, 1984.

Joe Lerner, Walls of Glass (also known as Flanagan), United Film Distribution Company, 1985.

Kragopoulos, Where Are the Children?, 1986.

Swiss businessperson, Club Paradise (also known as Club paradis, Club paraiso, Clube paraiso, Klub raj, and Paratiisiklubi), Warner Bros., 1986.

Greek millionaire, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (also known as A Riviera vadorzoi, Ci wstretni naciagacze, Deux fils de, Dos picaros bribones, Due figli di, Fraek, fraekkere, fraekkest, Herrasmieshuijarit, Le plus escroc des deux, Os safados, Rivierans guldgossar, Un par de seductores, and Zwei hinnreissend verdorbene Schurken), Orion, 1988.

Mindy, Bloodhounds of Broadway (also known as Bluthunde am Broadway, Broadwayn verikoirat, Die Bluthunde vom Broadway, I maledetti di Broadway, Noches de Broadway, Spaarhundar fraan Broadway, and Spaarhundar paa Broadway), Columbia, 1989.

Mayor Baci, City of Hope (also known as A remeny varosa, La citta della speranza, La ciudad de la esperanza, La ciutat de l'esperanca, Miastio nadzei, Stadt der Hoffnung, Toivon kaupunki, and Vida de cidade), Samuel Goldwyn, 1991.

Ochenko, Missing Pieces, 1991.

Louie Constantine, Cheap Shots (also known as Cabin Fever), Hemdale Releasing, 1992.

Louis, Kiss & Tell, 1996.

Rudy Warner, Commandments (also known as Alles unheil kommt von oben, Clamando al cielo, Jumalten hylkaeaemae, and Vastoin kaeskyjae), Gramercy Pictures/Universal, 1997.

Judge, Joe the King (also known as Joe Henry), Trimark Pictures, 1999.

Morris, A Fish in the Bathtub, 1999.

Marvin Levine, Friends and Family, Regent Releasing, 2000.

Sammy, A Hole in One, Beech Hill Films, 2004.

Stan, Running Funny, InvisiFilm, 2007.


Albums; with Others:

She Loves Me (cast recording of 1993-94 revival; also known as She Loves Me: The New Broadway Cast Recording), Varese Sarabande, 1993.


Nonfiction; with Others:

(Interview included in volume) Jean Hackett and Nikos Psacharopoulos, The Actor's Chekhov: Nikos Psacharopoulos and the Company of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, on the Plays of Anton Chekhov, Smith & Kraus, 1993.



People Weekly, October 5, 1992, p. 123.

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