Michael Constantine, who played the dad in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ has died at 94
But his most memorable role was as family patriarch Gus Portokalos in the surprise independent film hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
In that movie, Constantine played a loving but overprotective father who was immensely proud of his heritage and insisted that virtually all minor physical maladies could be cured with Windex. Constantine reprised the role in a film sequel, as well as the short-lived TV series “My Big Fat Greek Life.”
Constantine was a native of Reading and the son of Greek immigrants, the paper said.
In 1976, Constantine told “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson that growing up, “I really thought, well, I’m just going to be a bum,” until he discovered his love of acting.