Friday, February 2, 2018

RIP Louis Zorich (1924 - 2018)

Broadway veteran Louis Zorich, who is best remembered to Muppet fans as diner owner Pete in The Muppets Take Manhattan has died. 

On Broadway, Zorich appeared in nearly two dozen productions, including The Odd Couple, Moby Dick, and Stephen Sondheim's Follies. 

He also appeared in taped-for-TV versions of the stage plays Death of a Salesman as Dustin Hoffman's brother Ben (reprising his Broadway role), and Antigone as Jonas the guard. 

On TV, Zorich played Paul Buchman's father Burt on the NBC sitcom Mad About You, Milo Simonelli on the soap Another World, and guest starred as two different judges on Law & Order.

Pete in The Muppets Take Manhattan comic

In 1988, Zorich teamed up with director Frank Oz again as a g
reek millionaire in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, has 89 other credits on IMDb, and was married to actress Olympia Dukakis.

That's a very long and impressive career, b
ut we'll all remember him as Pete giving the lesson of "Peoples is Peoples" to Kermit...

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