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Michael Constantine is a Actor American born on 22 may 1927 at Reading (USA)

Michael Constantine

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Birth name Constantine Ioannides
Nationality USA
Birth 22 may 1927 (92 years) at Reading (USA)

Michael Constantine (born May 22, 1927) is an American actor of Greek descent.

He is probably now best known for his portrayal of Kostas "Gus" Portokalos, the Windex bottle-toting Greek father of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), in the 2002 surprise hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Prior to that, he was well known for his extensive television work, especially as the long-suffering high school principal, Seymour Kaufman, on ABC's sitcom, Room 222, for which he won an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor in 1970. He played a night court magistrate, Matthew J. Sirota, on the 1976 sitcom Sirota's Court.

Best films

Usually with

Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos
(2 films)
Robert Rossen
Robert Rossen
(1 films)
Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Michael Constantine (30 films)

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Actor

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, 1h33
Directed by Kirk Jones (réalisateur britannique)
Origin Canada
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films about marriage
Actors John Corbett, Ian Gomez, Nia Vardalos, John Stamos, Bruce Gray, Alex Wolff
Roles Kostas "Gus" Portokalos
Rating65% 3.297913.297913.297913.297913.29791
Un secret de famille longtemps dissimulé va réunir tout le monde pour un mariage encore plus grand que le premier...
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 1h35
Directed by Joel Zwick
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films about marriage
Actors Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez
Roles Kostas "Gus" Portokalos
Rating65% 3.2984653.2984653.2984653.2984653.298465
Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is going through an early midlife crisis. At thirty, having had her childhood, adolescence and adult life plagued by bad luck, she feels that she is the only woman in her family who has "failed" at being a typical Greek girl. Her family expects her to be more like her 33-year-old sister Athena (Stavroula Logothettis) and marry a Greek boy, make Greek babies, and "feed everyone until the day she dies." Instead, Toula is stuck working in the family restaurant in Chicago, "Dancing Zorba's." Frumpy and cynical, she fears that she is doomed to be stuck with her life as it is and always has been. One day while at the restaurant, Toula briefly becomes enamored with and embarrasses herself in front of Ian Miller (John Corbett), a handsome school teacher.
Thinner
Thinner (1996)
, 1h32
Directed by Tom Holland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Elizabeth Franz, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer
Roles Tadzu Lempke
Rating57% 2.850212.850212.850212.850212.85021
Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is an obese, upper-class lawyer living with his wife Heidi (Lucinda Jenney) and their daughter Linda (Bethany Joy Lenz). Billy recently defended an underworld crime boss named Richie "The Hammer" Ginelli (Joe Mantegna) in court. The town Billy lives in is currently hosting a carnival, which is run by gypsies whom the town seems to have prejudices against.
The Juror
The Juror (1996)
, 1h58
Directed by Brian Gibson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Actors Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lindsay Crouse, Anne Heche
Roles Judge Weitzel
Rating55% 2.799522.799522.799522.799522.79952
Annie Laird (Demi Moore) is a sculptor who lives in New York with her son Oliver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); she works a day job as a data entry clerk. Annie is selected to be a juror in the trial of mob boss Louie Boffano (Tony Lo Bianco), who is accused of ordering the murder of Salvatore Riggio.
Deadfall
Deadfall (1993)
, 1h38
Directed by Christopher Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Michael Biehn, Nicolas Cage, James Coburn, Peter Fonda, Charlie Sheen, J. Kenneth Campbell
Roles Frank
Rating38% 1.908741.908741.908741.908741.90874
After con artist Joe Dolan (Michael Biehn) accidentally kills his father Mike (James Coburn) during a sting, he tries to carry out Mike's dying wish by recovering valuables that Mike's twin brother Lou (also played by Coburn) stole from him years earlier. But Uncle Lou is also a confidence artist, and Joe is soon drawn into his increasingly dangerous schemes.
My Life
My Life (1993)
, 1h52
Directed by Bruce Joel Rubin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about cancer
Actors Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Queen Latifah, Haing S. Ngor, Rebecca Schull, Richard Schiff
Roles Bill Ivanovich
Rating68% 3.4477053.4477053.4477053.4477053.447705
Detroit, Michigan, 1963: Bob Ivanovich is a young boy, who prays one night for a circus in his backyard the next day after school. After school the next day, he runs home eagerly, followed by his friends. To his disappointment, no circus awaits. Angrily, Bob retreats to the closet in his room, his personal retreat space.
Prancer
Prancer (1989)
, 1h43
Directed by John D. Hancock
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Films about children, Christmas films, Musical films
Actors Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda, Michael Constantine, Rutanya Alda, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Roles Mr. Stewart / Santa
Rating63% 3.1975153.1975153.1975153.1975153.197515
Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell), an 8-year-old girl whose mother has recently died from an unknown illness, is being raised with her older brother, Steve (John Duda), by their father, John (Sam Elliott), whose apple farm has fallen on hard times. Jessica loves everything to do with Christmas and listens to her Christmas records all year long. She continues to remember her mother and comforts herself with the thought that she is in Heaven. John is being temporarily helped with the kids by his sister-in-law, Sarah (Rutanya Alda).
Pray For Death, 1h32
Directed by Gordon Hessler
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Sho Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Parley Baer
Roles Mr. Newman
Rating58% 2.9025752.9025752.9025752.9025752.902575
At the insistence of his American-born wife, Aiko (Donna Benz), Akira Saito (Sho Kosugi) decides to immigrate from Japan to the country of her birth to raise their two sons Takeshi (Kane Kosugi) and Tomoya (Shane Kosugi) and start their own business. Unbeknownst to his family, Akira is in fact a highly skilled ninja, who had faithfully protected the secrets of the temple minded by his adoptive father and sensei, Kaga. Years before, Akira's brother, Shoji - also raised and trained by Kaga - sought to steal from the temple in disguise, forcing Akira to engage him in battle and kill him. Akira's meditation on this matter is disrupted by an attack from Kaga to encourage him to wipe the guilt from his mind before it kills him. Akira announces his intentions to move to America to start a new life, and to put the shadows of the ninja behind him. Kaga makes him swear never to reveal the secrets of their sect, and gives him a ninja helmet as a parting gift, but reminds him he can never leave his shadows behind.
Crisis in Mid-air
Directed by Walter Grauman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors George Peppard, Desi Arnaz Jr., Michael Constantine, Dana Elcar, Martin Milner, Greg Morris
Roles Frank Piovano
Rating68% 3.431063.431063.431063.431063.43106
The film starts with Nick Galver having a nightmare: a military pilot intentionally switching off his transponder signal is intruding into the airspace of civilian flights Nick is controlling, causing an air collision. He wakes up terrified and his wife Betsy advises him to see a doctor, and to find a less stressful job.
The North Avenue Irregulars, 1h40
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Edward Herrmann, Barbara Harris, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine, Cloris Leachman
Roles Marv
Rating67% 3.393593.393593.393593.393593.39359
Reverend Michael Hill (Edward Herrmann) and his two children arrive in New Rochelle, New York as the new minister at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. The secretary/music director for the church, Anne (Susan Clark), is wary of the changes Hill intends to implement. Hill wants to get people involved, and asks Mrs. Rose Rafferty (Patsy Kelly, in her final movie role) to handle the church's sinking fund.
Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident, 1h37
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson, Cesare Canevari
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Peter Graves, Curd Jürgens, Karin Schubert, Michael Dante, Frank Braña, Michael Constantine
Rating44% 2.209552.209552.209552.209552.20955
The story concerns an experimental nuclear cruise missile which is stolen from a Soviet military site in the USSR. An international terrorist group, under the command of a European power-crazed man known only as the Baron is responsible. The Baron plots to use the stolen Soviet missile to destroy an international peace conference in one week located on an island in the Persian Gulf. When the U.S. counsul to Iran is murdered by the Baron's henchmen, Alec Franklin, an US intelligence agent, is ordered to travel to Iran to take over as counsul as well as investigate the murder. Upon arrival in Tehran, Alec is followed by two of the Baron's henchmen whom attempt to kill him, but Alec manages to escape.
Summer of My German Soldier, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Prison films, Political films
Actors Kristy McNichol, Bruce Davison, Esther Elizabeth Rolle, Barbara Barrie, Michael Constantine, Robyn Lively
Roles Harry Bergen
Rating78% 3.919053.919053.919053.919053.91905
Twelve-year-old Patty Bergen lives in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, during World War II. Patty's family owns the local clothing and general supplies store, in which Patty occasionally works. Patty's abusive father and uncaring mother have little time for her, instead favoring her younger sister Sharon. However, Patty does have a friend in the family's black, middle-aged housekeeper, Ruth.
Voyage of the Damned, 2h35
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War
Themes Seafaring films, Films about religion, Transport films, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant, Max von Sydow, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell
Roles Luis Clasing
Rating64% 3.248683.248683.248683.248683.24868
Based on actual events, this film tells the story of the 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, which departed from Hamburg carrying 937 Jews from Germany, ostensibly to Havana, Cuba. The passengers, having seen and suffered rising anti-Semitism in Germany, realised this might be their only chance to escape. The film details the emotional journey of the passengers who gradually become aware that their passage was planned as an exercise in propaganda, and that it had never been intended that they disembark in Cuba. Rather, they were to be set up as Pariahs, to set an example before the world. As a Nazi official states in the film, when the whole world has refused to accept them as refugees, no country can blame Germany for the fate of the Jews.