Actor and Tony-Winning Producer, Joseph Sirola, Dies at 89

Joseph Sirola is dead.

According to THR, the actor and Tony Award-winning producer, who was famous as “The King of the Voice-Overs,” died after suffering complications from respiratory failure Sunday at a rehabilitation hospital in New York City.

The actor appeared in Strange Bedfellows (1965) opposite Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida; in George Stevens’ The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); with Clint Eastwood in Hang ‘Em High (1968); and in The Super Cops (1974), directed by Gordon Parks. He also portrayed bandleader Freddy Fleet on a season-three episode of CBS’ The Andy Griffith Show and was U.S. spy Jonathan Kaye on a few installments of the original Hawaii Five-O.

Sirola won his Tony in 2014 for producing the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which came a year after he was nominated for producing a revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson.

In February, Sirola’s signature and handprints were immortalized in cement outside the historic Theater 80 St. Marks in the East Village. ANd now, he is survived by his daughter, Dawn; granddaughters Eva, Isabel and Sofia; goddaughter Curran; nephew Stewart; and nieces Susan and Andre.

He was 89.

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