Michael Constantine


Actor

About

Also Known As
Constantine Joanides
Birth Place
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
May 22, 1927

Biography

A ruddy-complexioned, burly character player of TV and films whose work has run the gamut from comedy to Mafia dons, Michael Constantine is best recalled for playing Seymour Kaufman, principal of Walt Whitman High School, on "Room 222" (ABC, 1969-1974), as well as other agita-afflicted characters and ethnic types. He began his career on the New York stage and in the mid-1950s as understu...

Family & Companions

Julianna McCarthy
Wife
Actor. Married on October 5, 1953; divorced in 1969; appeared on CBS soap "The Young and the Restless".

Biography

A ruddy-complexioned, burly character player of TV and films whose work has run the gamut from comedy to Mafia dons, Michael Constantine is best recalled for playing Seymour Kaufman, principal of Walt Whitman High School, on "Room 222" (ABC, 1969-1974), as well as other agita-afflicted characters and ethnic types. He began his career on the New York stage and in the mid-1950s as understudy to Paul Muni in "Inherit the Wind." (While in the cast, he met and married actress Juliana McCarthy.) By the late 50s, Constantine had broken into feature films, playing a convict in "The Last Mile" (1959), a Mickey Rooney vehicle. He was memorable as Big John in "The Hustler" (1961), and as a former G.I. searching for a long-lost love in Italy in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" (1969). Constantine was a Jew fleeing the Nazis in "Voyage of the Damned" (1976), and more recently was a judge in "The Juror" and the gypsy who places a curse on the driver who killed his daughter in "Stephen King's Thinner" (both 1996).

Television offered consistently more work. Constantine appeared in anthology series of the late 50s, and in a 1961 episode of "The Untouchables." During the 1966-67 season, he played downtrodden tenant Jack Ellenhorn on "Hey, Landlord" (NBC), before winning the role of Seymour Kaufman on "Room 222," for which he won the 1970 Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Constantine starred in "Sirota's Court" (NBC, 1976-77), playing a night court judge and had remained active as a guest player on shows like "Kojak" (as a Mafia don suffering from kidney disease) and several appearances on "Murder, She Wrote" in the 1980s.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
WW3 (2001)
Thinner (1996)
The Juror (1996)
Because Mommy Works (1994)
Elliot
My Life (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
By a Thread (1991)
Prancer (1989)
Leap of Faith (1988)
Dr Rudolph
Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1987)
Talaat Pasha
In the Mood (1987)
Pray For Death (1985)
Newman
The Love Tapes (1980)
Frank Yost
Crisis in Mid-Air (1979)
The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
Summer Of My German Soldier (1978)
Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (1977)
Dr Silver
Voyage Of The Damned (1976)
Peeper (1976)
Anglich
Wanted: The Sundance Woman (1976)
Twin Detectives (1976)
Conspiracy of Terror (1975)
Jacob Horowitz
The Secret Night Caller (1975)
Dr Mayhill
The Night That Panicked America (1975)
Big Rose (1974)
Death Cruise (1974)
Dr Burke
The Bait (1973)
Deadly Harvest (1972)
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972)
Dr Sweeney
Suddenly Single (1971)
Frankie Ventura
The Impatient Heart (1971)
Justine (1969)
Memlik Pasha
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
Jack Harmon
The Reivers (1969)
Mr. Binford
Don't Drink the Water (1969)
Krojack
In Enemy Country (1968)
Ladislov
Skidoo (1968)
Leech
Beau Geste (1966)
Rostov
Hawaii (1966)
Mason
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Mikhail Drozhensky
Island of Love (1963)
Andy
Lonnie (1963)
Gage
The Hustler (1961)
Big John
The Last Mile (1959)
Editor Werner, Cell 1

Cast (Special)

My Palikari (1982)
Daughters (1977)
Dominick; The Father

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Evita Peron (1981)
Jaime Yankelovitch
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Harold Robbins' The Pirate (1978)
Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" (1977)

Life Events

1955

Was understudy to Paul Muni in "Inherit the Wind" on Broadway

1958

Appeared on "Armstrong Circle Theatre" (CBS)

1959

Had early feature film work in "The Last Mile"

1969

Played World War II veteran in "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"

1971

TV-movie debut in "Suddenly Single" (ABC)

1979

Had cameo in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations"

1992

Appeared on the NBC legal series "Law & Order" as defense attorney

1994

Reprised role of defense attorney in an episode of "Law & Order"

1996

Played judge in "The Juror"

1996

Portrayed gypsy who places a curse on a hit-and-run driver in "Stephen King's Thinner"

2002

Played the patriarch of a Greek family in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

Videos

Movie Clip

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) - Sayeth Solomon Opening with appearances by Sandy Baron, Norman Fell, Reva Rose, Marty Ingels (with cameos by Ben Gazzara and John Cassavetes), Michael Constantine, Peggy Cass, Suzanne Pleshette, Murray Hamilton and Hilarie Thompson, part of the tour group in If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, 1969.
Hustler, The (1961) - He's A Loser Well into their marathon first match, now observed by gambler/promoter Gordon (George C. Scott), who was summoned to the table by Fats (Jackie Gleason), Eddie (Paul Newman), though well ahead, refuses when partner Charlie (Myron McCormick) advises him to quit, in Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, 1961.
Hustler, The (1961) - I Hear You've Been Looking For Me Shooting in the Ames Billiard Academy on Times Square, Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) has made a grand entrance and Eddie (Paul Newman, title character), with partner Charlie (Myron McCormick), confirms that he’s looking for a game, their first meeting, in Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, 1961.
Quick Before It Melts - (Original Trailer) The team at an Antarctic station try to fly in a planeload of girls in Quick, Before It Melts (1965).
Skidoo - Induction Tony enters jail and meets cellmates Leech (Michael Constantine) and Professor (Austin Pendleton) in Otto Preminger's Skidoo, 1968.
Skidoo - Trip Early stages of retired mobster Tony Banks' (Jackie Gleason) acid trip, with help from Professor (Austin Pendleton) in Otto Preminger's Skidoo, 1968.

Trailer

Family

Theoharis Joanides
Father
Steel worker.
Andromache Foteadou Efstration
Mother
Thea Eileen Constantine
Daughter
Brendan Neil Constantine
Son

Companions

Julianna McCarthy
Wife
Actor. Married on October 5, 1953; divorced in 1969; appeared on CBS soap "The Young and the Restless".

Bibliography