Broadway Star And Tony Award Winner Dies At 65
Tony-award-winning actor Michael McGrath has starred in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including “Tootsie,” “Spamalot,” “Plaza Suite” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” In 2012, he won a Tony for his role as Cookie McGee in “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Our Spamalot family is saddened and heartbroken to hear of the passing of Michael McGrath, the original Patsy in the 2005 Broadway production. Mr. McGrath was Tony Award-nominated for his role and took one home in 2012 for “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”… pic.twitter.com/COm0RSiVeh
— Monty Python’s Spamalot (@SpamalotBway) September 15, 2023
Now, a representative for McGrath is sharing the sad news that McGrath has died at the age of 65 years old. No cause of death was mentioned; however, according to a statement provided by his rep to PEOPLE, he died at his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, on Thursday, September 28, 2023. He is survived by his wife, actress Toni Di Buono, and his daughter, Katie Claire McGrath, who is also an actress.
Today, we mourn the loss of the incredibly talented actor Michael McGrath. 🤍 Your legacy will forever light up the stage. pic.twitter.com/xRyiqQLBt2
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) September 15, 2023
Upon hearing the news of his death, fellow Broadway stars shared tributes to the late actor. Steve Kazee posted several pictures of McGrath on Instagram and wrote that he is “absolutely gutted” by the news of his friend’s death. He added, “You were kinder to me than you ever had to be and I am so grateful for the time we spent together. An amazing man. Gone far too soon. Love you Michael. RIP”
Broadway star Patti Murin also posted a couple of pictures of McGrath. In the first one, he is holding a baby, and she explained, “Here he’s holding Lorelai so I could do a radio interview, and I remember saying, ‘This baby has no idea how lucky she is!’ as he crooned her a lullaby.” Lorelai is the baby Murin’s had with actor Colin Donnell.
Murin added, “Absolutely devastated to wake up this morning and hear that Michael McGrath has passed away. Our time at Little Shop at the MUNY was short, but working with him was like packing 20 years worth of joy into a few short weeks. Always smiling, always asking about my family, always in dad mode, even to us fully grown adults.”