By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CNN) – Actor Michael Constantine, best-known for playing the proud father in the hit movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” died last week, his agent told CNN. He was 94 years old.

FILE — Actor Michael Constantine at his sister’s home in Reading, Penn., on March 18, 2016. (Getty Images)

Constantine was a busy character actor for six decades, winning an Emmy for his role as school principal Seymour Kaufman in the ABC series “Room 222” in 1970.

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But his most memorable role was as family patriarch Gus Portokalos in the surprise independent film hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

In that movie, Constantine played a loving but overprotective father who was immensely proud of his heritage and insisted that virtually all minor physical maladies could be cured with Windex. Constantine reprised the role in a film sequel, as well as the short-lived TV series “My Big Fat Greek Life.”

Constantine’s family says he died in Reading, Pennsylvania, on August 31 following a long illness, according to an article in the Reading Eagle which was confirmed to CNN by his agent, Julia Buchwald.

Constantine was a native of Reading and the son of Greek immigrants, the paper said.

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In 1976, Constantine told “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson that growing up, “I really thought, well, I’m just going to be a bum,” until he discovered his love of acting.

“Michael Constantine, the dad to our cast-family, a gift to the written word, and always a friend,” Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” tweeted Wednesday. “Acting with him came with a rush of love and fun. I will treasure this man who brought Gus to life. He gave us so much laughter and deserves a rest now. We love you Michael.”

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