Michael McGrath born (September 25, 1957 – died September 14, 2023) was an American actor renowned for his work on the Broadway stage. He was honored with a Tony Award in 2012 for his outstanding performance in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Born on September 25, 1957, in Worcester, Massachusetts, Michael McGrath developed an affinity for acting from a young age. Although much of his early life remains private, it’s evident that his Massachusetts upbringing played a role in shaping his artistic pursuits.
McGrath was an ensemble member and understudy in several shows, including My Favorite Year, Swinging on a Star, and Little Me. His talent soon became apparent to Broadway aficionados, and better roles were on the horizon.
In 2005, McGrath played the role of Patsy in the Broadway musical Spamalot, earning him a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012)
In 2012, McGrath’s performance as Cookie McGee in Nice Work If You Can Get It led to him winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for this role.
McGrath originated the role of Mr. Simmons in Memphis, another Broadway musical, in 2009.
He also appeared in musicals such as Anything Goes, where he portrayed Moonface Martin, and Wonderful Town (2003), where he played Chick Clark.
Is He Dead? (2007-2008)
McGrath starred in the Broadway play Is He Dead? from December 2007 to February 2008, portraying the character Agamemnon Buckner.
Finding Neverland (2014)
In 2014, he participated in the A.R.T. pre-Broadway production of Finding Neverland, replacing Roger Bart in the dual roles of Charles Frohman and Captain James Hook.
The Honeymooners (2017)
McGrath also appeared in a new musical called The Honeymooners, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey, on September 28, 2017. He starred as Ralph Kramden.
Aside from Broadway, McGrath also ventured into television, serving as the announcer and sidekick on The Martin Short Show.
While working in the Boston production of Forbidden Broadway, McGrath met his future wife, actress Toni DiBuono. The couple later got married, adding a personal chapter to McGrath’s eventful life.
Death and Legacy
Michael McGrath passed away at his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, on September 14, 2023, at the age of 65. His death marked the end of an illustrious career that spanned various stages and screens, leaving an indelible mark on American theater and entertainment.