Tony Award-winner Michael McGrath, 65, dies
Broadway actor Michael McGrath, known for his roles in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "Spamalot," has died at 65.
Michael McGrath, a renowned Broadway character actor known for his exceptional performances in zany and uplifting musicals, has sadly passed away at the age of 65. The news of his death was confirmed by his publicist, Lisa Goldberg, who did not provide any further details.
McGrath's talent and charm extended beyond the stage, as he was described by his peers as adorable, mischievous, and brilliant. Michael Urie, paying tribute to the late actor, expressed his deep sorrow at the loss but also acknowledged the invaluable lessons he had learned from McGrath, vowing to carry them with him wherever he goes.
Throughout his career, McGrath appeared in more than a dozen Broadway shows, leaving a lasting impression on audiences. His notable performances include "Plaza Suite," "She Loves Me," "Tootsie," and "Spamalot." He also ventured into television, showcasing his comedic skills as Martin Short's sidekick on "The Martin Short Show."
The news of McGrath's passing deeply saddened Eric Idle, a member of the legendary comedy group Monty Python. Idle fondly remembered McGrath's portrayal of Patsy in "Spamalot" and sent warm hugs to the entire "Spamalot" family, emphasizing the joyful memories they shared with the talented actor.
In 2012, McGrath's exceptional talent was recognized with a Tony Award for his outstanding performance as wise guy Cookie McGee in "Nice Work If You Can Get It," alongside Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara. His versatility was evident in his portrayal of a tough radio station owner in "Memphis" and his impressive vaudevillian skills in "On the Twentieth Century," where he delighted audiences with his rendition of "Five Zeros," a lively celebration of the joys of wealth.
Critics praised McGrath for his ability to embody characters with a mix of confidence and vulnerability. In a review of "Follies" at City Center in 2007, The Associated Press noted his pugnacious and convivial nature, which masked underlying insecurities. They also highlighted his natural talent for dancing, particularly in his captivating performance of "'The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues.'"
McGrath leaves behind his wife of 30 years, actor Toni Di Buono, and their daughter, actor Katie Claire McGrath. His legacy as a beloved Broadway performer will undoubtedly live on, as he has touched the hearts of many with his exceptional talent and warm personality.