Known for movies
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
as Gus Portokalos
Room 222 (1969-1974)
as Principal Seymour Kaufman
The Hustler (1961)
as Big John
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
as Gus Short Info
Spouse Kathleen Christopher, Julianna McCarthy Fact Has a variety of foreign accents at his disposal, including French, Italian and Russian.
Michael Constantine (born May 22, 1927) is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 150 films and television shows. Constantine was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, the son of Greek immigrants. His father was a waiter and his mother was a seamstress. He has two brothers, George and Nick. Constantine was educated at the Reading High School and the Pennsylvania State University.
He began his career as a stage actor in the 1950s. He appeared in the film Black Orpheus in 1959. Constantine’s first major role was in the film Lilies of the Field (1963), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He has appeared in such films as The Hustler (1961), The Sting (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Airport ’77 (1977), and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Constantine has also had a successful career on television.
He starred in the CBS sitcom Room 222 from 1969 to 1974. He also had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as Karen Walker’s father. Constantine has been married to actress Katheryn Houghton since 1962. They have two children. ..
Full Name Michael Constantine Profession Actor Nationality American Family
Spouse Kathleen Christopher, Julianna McCarthy Children Brendan Constantine, Thea Constantine Parents Theoharis Ioannides, Andromache Efstratiou Accomplishments
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice Hi... Movies My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Thinner, The Hustler, Prancer, The Juror, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, The Reivers, The North Avenue Irregulars, The Last Mile, Skidoo, Pray for Death, Deadfall, Summer of My German Soldier, Peeper, Quick, Before It Melts, Don't Drink t... TV Shows My Big Fat Greek Life, Sirota's Court, Room 222, Hey, Landlord Social profile links Facts
# Fact 1 He was awarded the 1989 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Temptation" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. 2 Acting mentor and friend of Denise Nicholas and Karen Valentine. 3 He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990). 4 Has a variety of foreign accents at his disposal, including French, Italian and Russian. 5 Was a good friend of Telly Savalas, starring with him in many television programs such as American Playhouse: My Palikari (1982) and Kojak (1973). 6 He is a Greek American. His parents were Greek immigrants. 7 He and his ex-wife, Julianna McCarthy, have two children: Thea Eileen ( Thea Constantine) and Brendan Neil ( Brendan Constantine). Pictures Movies Actor
Title Year Status Character My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 Gus Location! Location! 2010 Short Gustav Back in 10 2009 Short Bill The Crossroads with Martin Anthony 2009 TV Series Pink Glasses 2008 Short Dr.Love Cold Case 2007 TV Series Archie Randall '07 Then Came You 2006 Short Cole McAllister My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 TV Series Gus In-Laws 2002 TV Series Howard My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 Gus Portokalos Judging Amy 2001 TV Series Elias Kelikidis WW 3 2001 TV Movie Yuri Zenkovsky Cosby 1997 TV Series Zack Thinner 1996 Tadzu Lempke The Juror 1996 Judge Weitzel New York News 1995 TV Series Because Mommy Works 1994 TV Movie Elliot The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Series Law & Order 1992-1994 TV Series Joshua Berger / Dan Barnett My Life 1993 Bill Ivanovich Deadfall 1993 Frank Homicide: Life on the Street 1993 TV Series Jim Scinta By a Thread 1990 Midnight Caller 1990 TV Series Angelo Busico Island Son 1990 TV Series Free Spirit 1990 TV Series Winnie's Father Prancer 1989 Mr. Stewart / Santa Hunter 1988 TV Series Harvey Falk Murder, She Wrote 1985-1988 TV Series Laszlo Dolby / Ben Gibbons Leap of Faith 1988 TV Movie Doctor Rudolph Friday the 13th: The Series 1988 TV Series Ray Dallion Probe 1988 TV Series Truman Smith the 3rd Simon & Simon 1984-1988 TV Series Ernie Petrolik / Dr. John Longstrand / Robert Corman The Law and Harry McGraw 1988 TV Series Lamonica In the Mood 1987 Mr. Wisecarver Airwolf 1987 TV Series Dr. Vladimir Bronski - Special Guest Star MacGyver 1985-1987 TV Series Sam Leland / Hungarian Inspector Jan Messic Magnum, P.I. 1986 TV Series Judge Hannibal Kearns Crazy Like a Fox 1986 TV Series Blacke's Magic 1986 TV Series Victor Kroeger Remington Steele 1984-1986 TV Series George Edward Mulch Daniel and the Lion's Den 1986 Video short voice Highway to Heaven 1985 TV Series Dr. Dan Hickey Pray for Death 1985 Mr. Newman Airwolf 1985 TV Series President Marios Guzman Finder of Lost Loves 1984 TV Series Mr. Harding Masquerade 1984 TV Series Mama's Family 1984 TV Series Judge Willard E. Packard The New Mike Hammer 1984 TV Series Mel Hurock Hotel 1983 TV Series Mr. Tomasino The Love Boat 1983 TV Series Charlie Haskins Matt Houston 1983 TV Series Police Chief The Fall Guy 1983 TV Series Virgil Sykes Amanda's 1983 TV Series Krinsky Forty Days of Musa Dagh 1982 Talaat Pasha The Powers of Matthew Star 1982 TV Series Giancarlo Quincy M.E. 1979-1982 TV Series Dr. Arthur Ciotti / Brock Campbell / Dr. George Pendleton Benson 1982 TV Series Michael Musker / Marvin Musker It Takes Two 1982 TV Series Judge Beilin Lou Grant 1981-1982 TV Series Joe Lombardi / Sidney Kovac American Playhouse 1982 TV Series Darkroom 1982 TV Series Monsieur de Paris Palmerstown, U.S.A. 1981 TV Series Bennett Trapper John, M.D. 1981 TV Series Max Wyatt Vega$ 1981 TV Series Arnie Moss Evita Peron 1981 TV Movie Jaime Yankelevich The Love Tapes 1980 TV Movie Frank Yost Fantasy Island 1980 TV Series Joshua Templar Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Dr. Vansina Crisis in Mid-air 1979 TV Movie Frank Piovano The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 Marv The Pirate 1978 TV Movie Yashir Summer of My German Soldier 1978 TV Movie Harry Bergen Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue 1977 TV Mini-Series Ben Savitch Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid 1977 TV Movie Dr. Silver Sirota's Court 1976-1977 TV Series Judge Matthew Sirota
Judge Matthew J. Sirota Voyage of the Damned 1976 Luis Clasing Electra Woman and Dyna Girl 1976 TV Series The Sorcerer Wanted: The Sundance Woman 1976 TV Movie Dave Riley, Shopkeeper aka David Baker Twin Detectives 1976 TV Movie Ben Sampson Ellery Queen 1976 TV Series Leo Robert Campbell McMillan & Wife 1976 TV Series Dr. Eisner Peeper 1976 Anglich Conspiracy of Terror 1975 TV Movie Jacob Horowitz The Night That Panicked America 1975 TV Movie Jess Wingate Police Woman 1975 TV Series Ralph The Secret Night Caller 1975 TV Movie Dr. Mayhill The Manhunter 1975 TV Series Warden Lewis Death Cruise 1974 TV Movie Dr. Burke Kojak 1974 TV Series Don 'Cheech' Frank Scalesi Big Rose: Double Trouble 1974 TV Movie Gunther Room 222 1969-1974 TV Series Principal Seymour Kaufman The Streets of San Francisco 1973 TV Series Al Davies The Bait 1973 TV Movie Captain Gus Maryk The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1973 TV Series Charles Milaney Love, American Style 1972 TV Series Fred (segment "Love and the High School Sweetheart") Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole 1972 TV Movie Dr. Sweeney Deadly Harvest 1972 TV Movie Stefan Groza Suddenly Single 1971 TV Movie Frankie Ventura The Impatient Heart 1971 TV Movie Murray Kane Mary Tyler Moore 1971 TV Series Mike Cooper Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Wellman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes") The Odd Couple 1971 TV Series Bill Green The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Jay Johnson The Reivers 1969 Mr. Binford The Virginian 1965-1969 TV Series John Halstead / Private Essex Kanin / Stavros Karas Don't Drink the Water 1969 Commissar Krojack Mission: Impossible 1969 TV Series Janos Justine 1969 Memlik Pasha If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 Jack Harmon The Good Guys 1969 TV Series Larry Tomack Skidoo 1968 Leech In Enemy Country 1968 Ladislov The Danny Thomas Hour 1968 TV Series Demetrios Gunsmoke 1963-1968 TV Series Noah Meek / Baca The Flying Nun 1968 TV Series Juan The Invaders 1968 TV Series Dr. Martin Willard Ironside 1967 TV Series Harry Brancusi Iron Horse 1967 TV Series Sam McGinty Ghostbreakers 1967 TV Movie Oscar Jensen Dundee and the Culhane 1967 TV Series The Fugitive 1965-1967 TV Series Arthur 'Art' Howe / Lt. Ben Wyckoff / Ernie Svoboda Hey, Landlord 1966-1967 TV Series John 'Jack' Ellenhorn / Jack Ellenhorn Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1965-1967 TV Series Niri / Steve Jenkins Combat! 1967 TV Series Jacques Patron The Road West 1966 TV Series Jacob Adams T.H.E. Cat 1966 TV Series Silvio I Spy 1966 TV Series Colonel Halouf / Plotkin Hawaii 1966 Mason, sailor The Jean Arthur Show 1966 TV Series Carnella 12 O'Clock High 1966 TV Series Gen. Nikolai Vorodenko Beau Geste 1966 Rostov The Dick Van Dyke Show 1966 TV Series Leslie Merkle Run for Your Life 1966 TV Series Colonel Shoner My Favorite Martian 1965-1966 TV Series Leonardo da Vinci / Collins The Double Life of Henry Phyfe 1966 TV Series Googie Hogan's Heroes 1966 TV Series Captain Heinrich Death Valley Days 1965-1966 TV Series George Burnett / Thomas J. Pollack / John Chisum Perry Mason 1964-1965 TV Series Pappy Ryan / Dillard The Trials of O'Brien 1965 TV Series Colin Kipner Memorandum for a Spy 1965 TV Movie Niri Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1965 TV Series Dr. Brand Profiles in Courage 1964-1965 TV Series General Lucas / Watson The Outer Limits 1964 TV Series Joe Dix Quick Before It Melts 1964 Mikhail Drozhensky Slattery's People 1964 TV Series Paul Hungerford The Rogues 1964 TV Series Dr. Vittorio De Nova The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Colonel Streight The Twilight Zone 1964 TV Series Sheriff Charlie Koch The Richard Boone Show 1963-1964 TV Series Barney Chapman / Romero Arrest and Trial 1963-1964 TV Series Dr. Graham / Dr. Fowler 77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Sylvio Fiore The Greatest Show on Earth 1963 TV Series Verducci Lonnie 1963 Gage The Eleventh Hour 1963 TV Series Dr. Jamison Channing 1963 TV Series Nick Vacation Playhouse 1963 TV Series Police Detective Island of Love 1963 Andy The Untouchables 1961-1963 TV Series Max Frivol / Marty Baltin / Seth Otis / ... The Dakotas 1963 TV Series John Marshak The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962-1963 TV Series Hata - Town Elder / Aristos The Beachcomber 1962 TV Series Maurice Martone Sam Benedict 1962 TV Series Judge Tower Ben Casey 1962 TV Series Engineer Andersen Dr. Kildare 1962 TV Series Dr. Ernest Miller Naked City 1962 TV Series Vito Calageras The Defenders 1961 TV Series Mr. Heinmiller Target: The Corruptors 1961 TV Series Chief Swenson The Detectives 1961 TV Series Salvatore Tropolis The New Breed 1961 TV Series Oscar Holloway Cain's Hundred 1961 TV Series Herbert Lorgan The Hustler 1961 Big John Armstrong Circle Theatre 1958-1961 TV Series Victor / George Calder / Committee Chairman The Asphalt Jungle 1961 TV Series Joe Garfield Play of the Week 1960 TV Series The Catholic Hour 1959 TV Series Ponticianus Brenner 1959 TV Series Lt. Kopec The Last Mile 1959 Ed Werner The Big Story 1949 TV Series Miller Self
Title Year Status Character Making the Greekquel 2016 Video documentary short Himself My Big Fat Greek Dinner 2016 Video documentary short Himself Recorded Live 2011 TV Series Himself The Promise of Tomorrow 1940- 1960 2009 Documentary Himself Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and the Search for Greatness 2007 Video documentary short Milestones in Cinema History: The Hustler 2007 Video documentary short Himself The Hollywood Squares 1977 TV Series Guest Appearance The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1976 TV Series Himself / Judge Matthew J. Sirota from TV series SIROTA'S COURT The Virginia Graham Show 1972 TV Series Himself The 22nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1970 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy The Fountain of Groovy 1970 TV Movie documentary Himself The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1969 TV Series Himself - Commentor Awards Won Awards
Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie 2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy Room 222 (1969) Nominated Awards
Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie 2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Hissy Fit My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Sirota's Court (1976) 1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor - Television Room 222 (1969) 1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy Room 222 (1969)