Joseph G. Medalis

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Joseph G. Medalis, 76, of California, formerly of Shenandoah, passed away Nov. 3 in California.

He was born in Shenandoah, Aug. 24, 1942, a son of the late Joseph and Estelle Kozak Medalis.

Actor, writer, singer, teacher, Joseph passed away at the age of 76 after an 18-year battle with Parkinson's disease. All who knew and worked with Joseph found him to be charming, funny, caring and a wonderful actor. He never complained and lived life to the fullest to the very end.

Joseph's education included Immaculate Heart Academy and advanced degrees from Penn State and Stanford universities in theatre arts. He also served as actor-in-residence at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where he acted, taught acting and directed for three years prior to coming to Los Angeles.

Feature films include "Sister Act," "Endangered Species," "True Confessions," "Making Love," "Looker," "Dead and Buried," "Kentucky Fried Movie," "Meteor" and "The Cat from Outer Space." Among numerous TV appearances are "3rd Rock from the Sun" and guest-starring roles on shows such as "The Ben Stiller Show," "Burke's Law," "Married with Children," "Culture Clash," "Taxi," "LA Law," "Dallas" and "Hill Street Blues" to name a few. TV movies and specials have included: "Billionaire Boys Club," "Cosmic Slop," "World War III," "Friendly Fire," "Intimate Strangers" and "Roots."

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Gerald Medalis.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille (aka) Luce Morgan; one sister, Angela Waiksnoris and her husband, Mark; nephews, Mark (Mary Alice), Jason and Timmy; niece, Marissa; great-nephews, Tyler and Connor.

Joe's cremains will be spread in his beloved Shenandoah and celebrated by family and friends. We wish to thank his wonderful neurologist, Dr. Nicholas Szumski and Dr. David Frisch, who kept him healthy for many years, and the Parkinson's Society's LA support groups headed by Linda O'Connor for our education about this terrible disease.

Contributions in Joe's name may be sent to Parkinson's Community LA at www.parkinson', or The Motion Picture and Television Fund at The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc. assisted with the obituary information. The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 29, 2018