'Mad About You' Actor Louis Zorich Dead At 93

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Actor Louis Zorich died on Jan. 30 at the age of 93.

Zorich, best known for his role in the NBC TV show "Mad About You," died in his New York City home, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

From 1992-1999, Zorich played Paul Reiser's father, a sporting goods salesman named Burt Buchman, in the hit show. He was also famous for his role as Jules Berger in the early 90s CBS show "Brooklyn Bridge."

In addition, Zorich appeared in various films throughout the years, such as "Coogan's Bluff," "Popi," "Cold Turkey," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." He acted alongside Dustin Hoffman in the CBS telefilm of Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" as well, Deadline reports.

From 1960 to 2003, Zorich also acted on Broadway. He was nominated for a Tony in 1969 for best featured actor in a play for his performance in "Hadrian VII."

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Around the same time he made his theatrical debut in 1960, Zorich met his future wife, 86-year-old Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis.

"I recognized there was something special about her, and all of a sudden we were living together" he told People magazine in 1992, adding he proposed with a 98-cent wedding ring.

In addition to leaving behind Dukakis, survivors also include their three children and their grandchildren.

Fans and colleagues took to the internet to pay tribute to the deceased actor.

"Just heard the so sad news that our friend Louis Zorich has left us," actor Paul Reiser tweeted. "Believe me when I say there has never been a more joyful and delicious human being to see every morning when you show up for work. Louis had the heartiest laugh and the biggest heart. I will miss him dearly."

"Always had a special fondness for Burt Buchman," wrote one person in the Daily Mail's comments section. "Louis Zorich imbued him with such a sweetness that I adored. A very talented actor. RIP, sir."

"Burt Buchman was one of my fave characters," added another. "May Louis Zorich rest in peace. He will live on in all the great work that he shared with the world."

"Muppets Take Manhattan always makes me laugh so hard and I use Louis' line 'Peoples is peoples' all the time," tweeted another. "Go well, Lou. Is peoples sad?"

News of Zorich's death comes amid reports that the show "Mad About You" may make a comeback. It is not known if the actor would have been involved.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, People, Daily Mail, Paul Reiser/Twitter, TwitterDeadline / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: EP Guides via Wikimedia Commons, ​Philippe Ales/Wikimedia Commons

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