Mark York, Actor on ‘The Office,’ Dies at 55


Mark York, an actor best known for playing a character on the NBC sitcom “The Office” who, like him, was a paraplegic, died on May 19 in Dayton, Ohio. He was 55.

His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by the Montgomery County coroner’s office. Mr. York’s family said in an obituary that he died after “a brief and unexpected illness.”

Mr. York appeared in four episodes of “The Office,” from 2006 to 2009, as Billy Merchant, the property manager of the office park where Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper company at the center of the series, made its home. His character was introduced in the second season when Michael Scott, the bumbling branch manager played by Steve Carell, brought him to the office for a cringe-inducing meeting on disability awareness.

In that scene, Billy gamely answers Michael’s clueless questions about his use of a wheelchair. But when Michael tries to equate it with burning his foot on a George Foreman grill, Billy interrupts: “You know what, Michael? Let me stop you right there … and leave.”

He appeared on television commercials and on the shows “8 Simple Rules” and “CSI: NY.” He also had an uncredited role in the 2001 Steven Spielberg film, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

According to his family’s obituary, he had been working in recent years as an inventor and had obtained two patents.

Mr. York is survived by his parents and three brothers, Brian, Jeff and David.



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