Broadway veteran Michael McGrath died suddenly aged 65 on Thursday, his publicist told Variety.
A cause of death is currently unknown.
The actor received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It, in 2012.
He was nominated for the same award after taking on Patsy in John Du Prez and Eric Idle’s musical Spamalot seven years prior.
Michael’s many other credits include his starring in 2007 Broadway show Is He Dead? and A.R.T’s pre-Broadway production of Finding Neverland in 2014.
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His roles on the big screen include films Changing Lanes and The Interpreter. He was also the announcer on The Martin Short Show.
The actor met his wife, actress Toni DiBuono, during his the production of Forbidden Broadway.
Together, they have a daughter named Katie Claire McGrath, also an actress.
Tributes have flooded in for the late actor following the sad news.
Monty Python star Eric Idle wrote: “Very saddened to hear that Michael McGrath our first and most beloved Patsy in Spamalot, has passed away.
“Warm hugs to all the Spamalot family and very happy memories of a lovely man.”
Gigi commented: “Going to see spamalot on Broadway in November.
“A new run where they sold out at Kennedy Center. Genius ingenuity is definitely his legacy and immortality. Where you will be alive forever on this earth and among the living. Not physically present but from what you left behind.”
Elie Landau wrote: “Just beyond sad. Such an immensely talented and dear man. May his memory be for a blessing.”
Tammy Tuckey typed: “Just met him a few months ago – he’s was the sweetest man!”
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William Marx added: “Very sad indeed. My heart goes out to his family and friends.”
Michael previously said of his work in Spamalot: “It was an amazing time in my life to work with such people as Mike Nichols and Tim Curry, Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce. They were all amazing. And to be in that group – everybody treated everybody as a peer.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful collaboration. When the project was first presented to me, I thought, ‘How the hell are they gonna do a musical version of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail?’ I just couldn’t see it. None the less, when I was told that Mike Nichols was directing it, I jumped at the chance to be involved, of course.”
He is survived by his long-term wife Toni and daughter Katie.
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