Monday, February 19, 2018

Honoring actor Joseph Sirola at Theatre 80 on St. Mark's Place

Photos by Stacie Joy

Theatre 80 on St. Mark's Place paid tribute to actor Joseph Sirola yesterday with a ceremony that included clips from his hundreds of TV, film and stage credits.

As the New York Observer described him a few years back:

He’s been a Broadway song-and-dance man, soap-opera regular, business executive, drinking buddy to Richard Burton (a job in itself!), voiceover artist, TV sidekick, movie villain, Shakespearean actor, and a few other things.

More recently he became a Tony-winning producer for "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder."

While he may not be a household name, people do recognize his voice thanks to shooting more than 10,000 TV commercials. (The Wall Street Journal once referred to him as "the king of voiceovers.")

Sirola, 88, a longtime Upper East Side resident, added his name and handprints to the celebrity “walk of fame” outside 80 St. Mark’s Place last night. His cement imprimatur will join others such as Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy.

[Sirola with his partner Claire Gozzo]


Here's a scene with Sirola (as Reno!) with Clint Eastwood in "Hang 'Em High" from 1968...


Anonymous said...

I like that Theater 80 does its own Walk of Fame outside the theater on St. Marks Place. I can't help wonder what the criteria are for inclusion, though...such a random bunch of honorees!

Anonymous said...

yaaaaaayyy! congratulations! well-earned!

CaliforniaMagic said...

Joe Sirola passed away exactly 356 days later on 2/10/2019 of respiratory failure, in the hospital in New York. Thank you for the wonderful memories, you will be greatly missed by all.