Sad news in the entertainment world as veteran Broadway actor Michael McGrath has passed away at the age of 65. The news was reported by Broadway World on Thursday night. McGrath was a well-known figure in the theatrical community, with several notable performances to his name.
One of McGrath’s most defining roles was as Patsy in the 2005 Broadway musical “Spamalot.” His portrayal of the character earned him Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. McGrath’s talent was undeniable, and his performance in “Spamalot” showcased his ability to captivate audiences.
In 2012, McGrath took on the role of Cookie McGee in the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” His outstanding portrayal of the character earned him not only a Tony Award but also Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards in the same category. McGrath’s talent and dedication to his craft were recognized by the theater community, and he stood out as an exceptional performer.
McGrath’s Broadway credits extend further with performances in plays such as “Is He Dead?” and originating the role of Mr. Simmons in “Memphis.” Each role allowed him to showcase his versatility as an actor, and he effortlessly brought each character to life on stage.
In addition to his contributions to Broadway, McGrath also made an impact on television. He served as the announcer/sidekick on “The Martin Short Show,” further highlighting his ability to entertain and connect with audiences through various mediums.
McGrath leaves behind a lasting legacy in the entertainment industry. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, actor Toni DiBuono, whom he met while working in a Boston production of Forbidden Broadway. McGrath’s daughter, actress Katie Claire McGrath, also mourns the loss of her father.
The theater world has lost a talented and beloved performer in Michael McGrath. His contributions to Broadway will always be remembered, and his presence will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.