Stage and film actor Michael McGrath, best known for his Tony-winning role in the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” has passed away at the age of 65. McGrath died at his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, on Thursday, although the cause of death has not been disclosed. His sudden demise came as a shock to many in the industry.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, McGrath had an impressive career in theater, starring in over 14 Broadway shows including “Plaza Suite,” “Tootsie,” “Spamalot,” and of course, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” He was a highly respected actor, receiving two Tony nominations, three Drama Desk Award nominations, and was also recognized as an Outer Critics Circle nominee and Theatre World Award winner.
Aside from his theater work, McGrath was also known for his role as the sidekick-announcer to Martin Short on “The Martin Short Show.” His talents extended to the big screen as well, with appearances in films such as “Changing Lanes” and “The Interpreter.” McGrath also lent his voice to various animated features, including “The Secret of Kells” and “Wolfwalkers.”
Remembered as a Red Sox fanatic and bourbon connoisseur, McGrath was not only dedicated to his craft but also to his family. His publicist described him as a devoted husband and father, as well as a friend to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. McGrath is survived by his wife of 30 years, actress Toni Di Buono, and their daughter, actress Katie Claire McGrath. Interestingly, McGrath and Di Buono reportedly met on the set of the Boston production of “Forbidden Broadway.”
The theater and film industry mourns the loss of Michael McGrath, a talented actor who left an indelible mark on the stage and screen. His contribution to the arts will not be forgotten, and his memory will live on through his performances and the impact he had on those who knew and worked with him.