(CNN)Actor Michael Constantine, best-known for playing the arrogant begetter successful the deed movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," died past week, his cause told CNN. He was 94 years old.
Constantine was a engaged quality histrion for 5 decades, winning an Emmy for his relation arsenic schoolhouse main Seymour Kaufman successful the ABC bid "Room 222" successful 1970.
But his astir memorable relation was arsenic household patriarch Gus Portokalos successful the astonishment autarkic movie deed "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
In that movie, Constantine played a loving but overprotective begetter who was immensely arrogant of his practice and insisted that virtually each insignificant carnal maladies could beryllium cured with Windex. Constantine reprised the relation successful a movie sequel, arsenic good arsenic the short-lived TV bid "My Big Fat Greek Life."
Constantine's household says helium died successful Reading, Pennsylvania, connected August 31 pursuing a agelong illness, according to an nonfiction successful the Reading Eagle which was confirmed to CNN by his agent, Julia Buchwald.
Constantine was a autochthonal of Reading and the lad of Greek immigrants, the insubstantial said.
In 1976, Constantine told "Tonight Show" big Johnny Carson that increasing up, "I truly thought, well, I'm conscionable going to beryllium a bum," until helium discovered his emotion of acting.
"Michael Constantine, the dada to our cast-family, a acquisition to the written word, and ever a friend," Nia Vardalos, the writer and prima of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," tweeted Wednesday. "Acting with him came with a unreserved of emotion and fun. I volition treasure this antheral who brought Gus to life. He gave america truthful overmuch laughter and deserves a remainder now. We emotion you Michael."