• Michael Constantine is an American actor best known for his role in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002).
• He was raised by Greek immigrant parents and became interested in acting while in high school.
• He has appeared in over 180 movies and TV series, including “The Last Mile” (1959), “The Hustler” (1961), “Island of Love” (1963), “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (2016), “My Favorite Martian” (1965), “Room 222” (1969-1974), “Sirota’s Court” (1976-1977), “79 Park Avenue” (1977), “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979), “Quincy, M.E.” (1979-1983), “My Big Fat Greek Life” (2003), and “Cold Case” (2007).
• He has been married twice and has two children.
• As of September 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million.

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Short Info

Spouse Kathleen Christopher, Julianna McCarthy
Fact He was awarded the 1989 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for “Temptation” at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Who is actor Michael Constantine?

Michael Constantine was born as Gus Efstratiou – some sources claim he was born as Constantine Ioanides – in Reading, Pennsylvania USA, on 22 May 1927; his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He is an actor who is perhaps still best known for having portrayed one of the lead characters Kostas ‘Gus’ Portokalos in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in 2002, written by Nia Vardalos who also starred in the film alongside John Corbett – the story follows a young Greek woman who is marrying a non-Greek man, and is organizing a big Greek wedding to please her parents.

The film was a huge hit as it won 20 awards and was nominated for 28 others, and for his performance, Michael was jointly nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and also a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit, while he won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

Early life, family and education

Michael was raised an only child in a family of Greek immigrants. His father Theoharis Ioannides was a steel worker, while his mother Andromache Efstratiou was a housewife – note their names, hence the confusion over Michael’s name.

He became interested in acting while still attending a local high school, but as his parents were rather poor, he had no meanings of enrolling at an acting school and work on his skills.

Upon matriculation in 1945, he found a job to financially support himself, while gathering money for his acting classes – he eventually started training, and became popular when he a

ppeared in his first Broadway play – “Inherit the Wind” – in 1955. The play became a huge hit worldwide, and was performed 806 times before closing on 22 June 1957. After this initial success, he went on to appear in several other plays, such as “Conklin, “Compulsion” and “The Miracle Worker”.

Roles in movies

Michael has been credited with roughly 180 appearances in movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.

One of his first notable roles was in the 1959 drama movie “The Last Mile”, which starred Mickey Rooney – the film is a remake of the eponymous movie released in 1932.

Two years later, Michael starred in Robert Rossen’s drama “The Hustler”, and was then invited to portray the supporting character Andy in the comedy “Island of Love”, which follows a con man who hires a writer to write a screenplay for him, which he will then sell to a rich man. The year 1964 saw him play supporting roles in both the comedy “Quick, Before it Melts” and the volume of short biographies “Profiles in Courage”. A few of his following roles were in the epic drama “Hawaii” in 1966, the comedy “Skidoo” in 1968, and the drama “Justine” in 1969.

In 1975, Michael appeared as Jess Wingate in the science fiction drama “The Night That Panicked America” while the following year saw him star as Luis Clasing in the war drama “Voyage of the Damned”.

In 1978, he was Harry Bergen in the romantic war drama “Summer of My German Soldier”, based on the eponymous novel written by Bette Greene, and in the same year he played Yashir in the two-part film “The Pirate”, which was based on the novel written by Harold Robbins.

In 1983, Michael was praised for his portrayal of Talaat Pasha in the drama movie “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh”, based on the eponymous novel by Alex Hakobian which follows the Armenian Genocide at Musa Dagh – Michael’s character Talaat Pasha was one of the three Pashas who ruled the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. He then appeared as one of the lead characters, Newman in the martial arts action movie “Pray for Death”, which also starred Sho Kosugi and James Booth, and a few of his following roles were in the comedy “In the Mood” in 1987, the American-Canadian fantasy drama “Prancer” in 1989, and the drama “My Life” in 1993.

Three of Michael’s final roles in movies before his  retirement from acting were in the 1996 legal thriller “The Juror”, which starred Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, the body horror “Thinner” in the same year, and the romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” in 2016.

Roles in TV series

Michael’s first notable performance in a series was in the science fiction “My Favorite Martian” in 1965, and from that he appeared in single episodes of over 20 series, such as the crime drama “Target: The Corruptors!” in 1961, the drama “Channing” in 1963. and the medical drama “The Eleventh Hour” in 1964, before being cast to guest star in three episodes of the crime drama “The Fugitive”, which was very popular in the USA.

His next notable role was in the secret-agent adventure series “I Spy” in 1966, and from 1969 to 1974, he portrayed the supporting character Seymour Kaufman in the comedy drama “Room 222”, and for his performance Michael won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting actor – Television.

Michael continued to guest star in single episodes of many series, before he was invited to play one of the lead characters in the sitcom “Sirota’s Court”, which aired from 1 December 1976 to 13 April 1977 on NBC, and for his performance was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.

The year 1977 saw him appear in the mini-series “79 Park Avenue”, which starred Lesley Ann Warren, David Dukes and Polly Bergen, and is about a teenage girl living in New York in the ‘30s, who starts working as a prostitute, and in 1979 Michael starred in the mini-series “Roots: The Next Generations”, which was based on the final seven chapters of the novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” written by Alex Haley.

Between 1979 and 1983, Michael guest starred in four episodes of the mystery medical drama “Quincy, M. E.”, and then returned to appearing in single episodes of many series, such as the action adventure “The Fall Guy” in 1983, the action military drama “Airwolf” in 1985 and the critically acclaimed crime drama “Magnum, P. I.” in 1986.

The following 17 years saw Michael appear in numerous series and his first notable performance was in 2003 when he appeared in seven episodes of the sitcom “My Big Fat Greek Life”, which was closely based on the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.

Two of Michael’s final roles in TV series before retiring from acting were in the episode “Boy Crazy” of the crime mystery drama “Cold Case” in 2007, and a single episode of the talk-show “The Crossroads with Martin Anthony” in 2009.

Love life and wife

Michael met his first wife Julianna McCarthy, an American actress, years before he made his Broadway debut, and on 5 October 1953 the two married in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family – Julianna might be known to many as the Matriarch Liz Foster from the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”, which aired from 1973 to 1986.

She gave birth to their two children, Thea and Brendan Constantine before Julianna and Michael divorced in 1972.

Two years later on 29 September 1974, Michael married board certified pediatrician Kathleen Patricia Christopherson, and they were together for nearly six years before their divorce was finalized on 15 August 1980.

Michael has been keeping the details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention since his second divorce, and as of September 2020, he is single, was married twice and has two children.

Hobbies and other interests

Michael has been interested in learning languages ever since he launched his acting career, and being able to speak in Italian, Russian and French has helped him win many roles in both movies and TV series.

He was more or less physically active during his 20s and 30s as he occasionally played soccer with his friends and colleagues, but preferred to play board games such as chess and checkers, however, he rarely found players to play against, as he was very good.

He spent most of his career travelling around the US while shooting for his movies and TV series, and travelling eventually became a hobby of his – he also roamed around Europe, visiting countries such as Yugoslavia (broken apart in 1992), Germany and France.

Michael has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Whoopi Goldberg, while some of his favorite movies are “Casablanca”, “Ghost” and “Anatomy of a Murder”.

Net worth

Michael’s age is 93. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 1ins (1.87m) and he weighs around 185lbs (83kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.

General Info

Full Name Michael Constantine
Profession Actor
Nationality American


Spouse Kathleen Christopher, Julianna McCarthy
Children Brendan Constantine, Thea Constantine
Parents Theoharis Ioannides, Andromache Efstratiou


Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice Hi…
Movies My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Thinner, The Hustler, Prancer, The Juror, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, The Reivers, The North Avenue Irregulars, The Last Mile, Skidoo, Pray for Death, Deadfall, Summer of My German Soldier, Peeper, Quick, Before It Melts, Don’t Drink t…
TV Shows My Big Fat Greek Life, Sirota’s Court, Room 222, Hey, Landlord

Social profile links

IMDB http://imdb.com/name/nm0176073


# Fact
1 He was awarded the 1989 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for “Temptation” at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2 Acting mentor and friend of Denise Nicholas and Karen Valentine.
3 He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
4 Has a variety of foreign accents at his disposal, including French, Italian and Russian.
5 Was a good friend of Telly Savalas, starring with him in many television programs such as American Playhouse: My Palikari (1982) and Kojak (1973).
6 He is a Greek American. His parents were Greek immigrants.
7 He and his ex-wife, Julianna McCarthy, have two children: Thea Eileen (Thea Constantine) and Brendan Neil (Brendan Constantine).




Title Year Status Character
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 Gus
Location! Location! 2010 Short Gustav
Back in 10 2009 Short Bill
The Crossroads with Martin Anthony 2009 TV Series
Pink Glasses 2008 Short Dr.Love
Cold Case 2007 TV Series Archie Randall ’07
Then Came You 2006 Short Cole McAllister
My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 TV Series Gus
In-Laws 2002 TV Series Howard
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 Gus Portokalos
Judging Amy 2001 TV Series Elias Kelikidis
WW 3 2001 TV Movie Yuri Zenkovsky
Cosby 1997 TV Series Zack
Thinner 1996 Tadzu Lempke
The Juror 1996 Judge Weitzel
New York News 1995 TV Series
Because Mommy Works 1994 TV Movie Elliot
The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Series
Law & Order 1992-1994 TV Series Joshua Berger / Dan Barnett
My Life 1993 Bill Ivanovich
Deadfall 1993 Frank
Homicide: Life on the Street 1993 TV Series Jim Scinta
By a Thread 1990
Midnight Caller 1990 TV Series Angelo Busico
Island Son 1990 TV Series
Free Spirit 1990 TV Series Winnie’s Father
Prancer 1989 Mr. Stewart / Santa
Hunter 1988 TV Series Harvey Falk
Murder, She Wrote 1985-1988 TV Series Laszlo Dolby / Ben Gibbons
Leap of Faith 1988 TV Movie Doctor Rudolph
Friday the 13th: The Series 1988 TV Series Ray Dallion
Probe 1988 TV Series Truman Smith the 3rd
Simon & Simon 1984-1988 TV Series Ernie Petrolik / Dr. John Longstrand / Robert Corman
The Law and Harry McGraw 1988 TV Series Lamonica
In the Mood 1987 Mr. Wisecarver
Airwolf 1987 TV Series Dr. Vladimir Bronski – Special Guest Star
MacGyver 1985-1987 TV Series Sam Leland / Hungarian Inspector Jan Messic
Magnum, P.I. 1986 TV Series Judge Hannibal Kearns
Crazy Like a Fox 1986 TV Series
Blacke’s Magic 1986 TV Series Victor Kroeger
Remington Steele 1984-1986 TV Series George Edward Mulch
Daniel and the Lion’s Den 1986 Video short voice
Highway to Heaven 1985 TV Series Dr. Dan Hickey
Pray for Death 1985 Mr. Newman
Airwolf 1985 TV Series President Marios Guzman
Finder of Lost Loves 1984 TV Series Mr. Harding
Masquerade 1984 TV Series
Mama’s Family 1984 TV Series Judge Willard E. Packard
The New Mike Hammer 1984 TV Series Mel Hurock
Hotel 1983 TV Series Mr. Tomasino
The Love Boat 1983 TV Series Charlie Haskins
Matt Houston 1983 TV Series Police Chief
The Fall Guy 1983 TV Series Virgil Sykes
Amanda’s 1983 TV Series Krinsky
Forty Days of Musa Dagh 1982 Talaat Pasha
The Powers of Matthew Star 1982 TV Series Giancarlo
Quincy M.E. 1979-1982 TV Series Dr. Arthur Ciotti / Brock Campbell / Dr. George Pendleton
Benson 1982 TV Series Michael Musker / Marvin Musker
It Takes Two 1982 TV Series Judge Beilin
Lou Grant 1981-1982 TV Series Joe Lombardi / Sidney Kovac
American Playhouse 1982 TV Series
Darkroom 1982 TV Series Monsieur de Paris
Palmerstown, U.S.A. 1981 TV Series Bennett
Trapper John, M.D. 1981 TV Series Max Wyatt
Vega$ 1981 TV Series Arnie Moss
Evita Peron 1981 TV Movie Jaime Yankelevich
The Love Tapes 1980 TV Movie Frank Yost
Fantasy Island 1980 TV Series Joshua Templar
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Dr. Vansina
Crisis in Mid-air 1979 TV Movie Frank Piovano
The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 Marv
The Pirate 1978 TV Movie Yashir
Summer of My German Soldier 1978 TV Movie Harry Bergen
Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue 1977 TV Mini-Series Ben Savitch
Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid 1977 TV Movie Dr. Silver
Sirota’s Court 1976-1977 TV Series Judge Matthew Sirota
Judge Matthew J. Sirota
Voyage of the Damned 1976 Luis Clasing
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl 1976 TV Series The Sorcerer
Wanted: The Sundance Woman 1976 TV Movie Dave Riley, Shopkeeper aka David Baker
Twin Detectives 1976 TV Movie Ben Sampson
Ellery Queen 1976 TV Series Leo Robert Campbell
McMillan & Wife 1976 TV Series Dr. Eisner
Peeper 1976 Anglich
Conspiracy of Terror 1975 TV Movie Jacob Horowitz
The Night That Panicked America 1975 TV Movie Jess Wingate
Police Woman 1975 TV Series Ralph
The Secret Night Caller 1975 TV Movie Dr. Mayhill
The Manhunter 1975 TV Series Warden Lewis
Death Cruise 1974 TV Movie Dr. Burke
Kojak 1974 TV Series Don ‘Cheech’ Frank Scalesi
Big Rose: Double Trouble 1974 TV Movie Gunther
Room 222 1969-1974 TV Series Principal Seymour Kaufman
The Streets of San Francisco 1973 TV Series Al Davies
The Bait 1973 TV Movie Captain Gus Maryk
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1973 TV Series Charles Milaney
Love, American Style 1972 TV Series Fred (segment “Love and the High School Sweetheart”)
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole 1972 TV Movie Dr. Sweeney
Deadly Harvest 1972 TV Movie Stefan Groza
Suddenly Single 1971 TV Movie Frankie Ventura
The Impatient Heart 1971 TV Movie Murray Kane
Mary Tyler Moore 1971 TV Series Mike Cooper
Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Wellman (segment “The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes”)
The Odd Couple 1971 TV Series Bill Green
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Jay Johnson
The Reivers 1969 Mr. Binford
The Virginian 1965-1969 TV Series John Halstead / Private Essex Kanin / Stavros Karas
Don’t Drink the Water 1969 Commissar Krojack
Mission: Impossible 1969 TV Series Janos
Justine 1969 Memlik Pasha
If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 Jack Harmon
The Good Guys 1969 TV Series Larry Tomack
Skidoo 1968 Leech
In Enemy Country 1968 Ladislov
The Danny Thomas Hour 1968 TV Series Demetrios
Gunsmoke 1963-1968 TV Series Noah Meek / Baca
The Flying Nun 1968 TV Series Juan
The Invaders 1968 TV Series Dr. Martin Willard
Ironside 1967 TV Series Harry Brancusi
Iron Horse 1967 TV Series Sam McGinty
Ghostbreakers 1967 TV Movie Oscar Jensen
Dundee and the Culhane 1967 TV Series
The Fugitive 1965-1967 TV Series Arthur ‘Art’ Howe / Lt. Ben Wyckoff / Ernie Svoboda
Hey, Landlord 1966-1967 TV Series John ‘Jack’ Ellenhorn / Jack Ellenhorn
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1965-1967 TV Series Niri / Steve Jenkins
Combat! 1967 TV Series Jacques Patron
The Road West 1966 TV Series Jacob Adams
T.H.E. Cat 1966 TV Series Silvio
I Spy 1966 TV Series Colonel Halouf / Plotkin
Hawaii 1966 Mason, sailor
The Jean Arthur Show 1966 TV Series Carnella
12 O’Clock High 1966 TV Series Gen. Nikolai Vorodenko
Beau Geste 1966 Rostov
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1966 TV Series Leslie Merkle
Run for Your Life 1966 TV Series Colonel Shoner
My Favorite Martian 1965-1966 TV Series Leonardo da Vinci / Collins
The Double Life of Henry Phyfe 1966 TV Series Googie
Hogan’s Heroes 1966 TV Series Captain Heinrich
Death Valley Days 1965-1966 TV Series George Burnett / Thomas J. Pollack / John Chisum
Perry Mason 1964-1965 TV Series Pappy Ryan / Dillard
The Trials of O’Brien 1965 TV Series Colin Kipner
Memorandum for a Spy 1965 TV Movie Niri
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1965 TV Series Dr. Brand
Profiles in Courage 1964-1965 TV Series General Lucas / Watson
The Outer Limits 1964 TV Series Joe Dix
Quick Before It Melts 1964 Mikhail Drozhensky
Slattery’s People 1964 TV Series Paul Hungerford
The Rogues 1964 TV Series Dr. Vittorio De Nova
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Colonel Streight
The Twilight Zone 1964 TV Series Sheriff Charlie Koch
The Richard Boone Show 1963-1964 TV Series Barney Chapman / Romero
Arrest and Trial 1963-1964 TV Series Dr. Graham / Dr. Fowler
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Sylvio Fiore
The Greatest Show on Earth 1963 TV Series Verducci
Lonnie 1963 Gage
The Eleventh Hour 1963 TV Series Dr. Jamison
Channing 1963 TV Series Nick
Vacation Playhouse 1963 TV Series Police Detective
Island of Love 1963 Andy
The Untouchables 1961-1963 TV Series Max Frivol / Marty Baltin / Seth Otis / …
The Dakotas 1963 TV Series John Marshak
The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962-1963 TV Series Hata – Town Elder / Aristos
The Beachcomber 1962 TV Series Maurice Martone
Sam Benedict 1962 TV Series Judge Tower
Ben Casey 1962 TV Series Engineer Andersen
Dr. Kildare 1962 TV Series Dr. Ernest Miller
Naked City 1962 TV Series Vito Calageras
The Defenders 1961 TV Series Mr. Heinmiller
Target: The Corruptors 1961 TV Series Chief Swenson
The Detectives 1961 TV Series Salvatore Tropolis
The New Breed 1961 TV Series Oscar Holloway
Cain’s Hundred 1961 TV Series Herbert Lorgan
The Hustler 1961 Big John
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1958-1961 TV Series Victor / George Calder / Committee Chairman
The Asphalt Jungle 1961 TV Series Joe Garfield
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series
The Catholic Hour 1959 TV Series Ponticianus
Brenner 1959 TV Series Lt. Kopec
The Last Mile 1959 Ed Werner
The Big Story 1949 TV Series Miller


Title Year Status Character
Making the Greekquel 2016 Video documentary short Himself
My Big Fat Greek Dinner 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Recorded Live 2011 TV Series Himself
The Promise of Tomorrow 1940- 1960 2009 Documentary Himself
Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and the Search for Greatness 2007 Video documentary short
Milestones in Cinema History: The Hustler 2007 Video documentary short Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1977 TV Series Guest Appearance
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1976 TV Series Himself / Judge Matthew J. Sirota from TV series SIROTA’S COURT
The Virginia Graham Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1970 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy
The Fountain of Groovy 1970 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1969 TV Series Himself – Commentor

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary


Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy Room 222 (1969)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Hissy Fit My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Sirota’s Court (1976)
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor – Television Room 222 (1969)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy Room 222 (1969)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia