Happy Days star Henry Winkler posted a loving tribute to Everybody Loves Raymond star Max Rosenthal who died Sunday. He was 95 years old. Rosenthal, whose son Phil Rosenthal created the show, announced his death via social media.
Phil posted several photos of his father and their family on Instagram.
“Max Rosenthal passed away last night,” he wrote with the post. “As heartbroken as we are, we are so grateful that he was our dad, our grandpa, our friend, our favorite and funniest TV star, and the role model for how to live 95 years while being sweet, gentle, kind, compassionate and really really funny. Will have more to say, later. Lost the biggest influence in my life. I know you loved him too and I’m sad for all of us today.
I love you Dad. You live on forever in us, your family, and the friends you’ve made around the world.”
Comments on well-wishes and condolences have poured.
Comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon wrote, “Oh Phil, I’m so sorry. God bless your dad.” Bridesmaids director Paul Feig wrote “I’m so sorry to hear this, Phil. He was such a great guy. Laurie and I were so honored to have spent time with both your mom and dad. At least they are back together again. So much love to you all.”
Max and Helen Rosenthal appeared on Somebody Feed Phil, Phil Rosenthal’s Netflix food show for two seasons before Helen passed in 2019.
No services have been announced as of Sunday afternoon. Phil and his wife, Monica Horan, and their two children, Lily and Ben, survive Max.
Max Rosenthal Was On ‘Raymond’ for Two seasons
Rosenthal appeared in Phil Rosenthal’s hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 2002 to 2004. Phil has been very upfront with admitting that he borrowed heavily from his own parents when creating the parents on the show. Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts played the characters. Max Rosenthal played Boyle’s friend from the lodge.
Despite his love of comedy, his life was far from one. According to a July 2018 report from New York Jewish Week, Max Rosenthal was a German immigrant who escaped Berlin in 1938 just ahead of Adolf Hitler’s rounding up of Jewish citizens began. His wife, and Phil’s mom, Helen Rosenthal, and her family were held in a concentration camp in France before eventually being freed, Variety reported.
They were both big supporters of their son’s work.
In 2015, Phil Rosenthal got the chance to interview famed producer and philanthropist Norman Lear, Variety reported. Both of his parents attended the event, But throughout the conference, Max Rosenthal could be spotted taking notes with a yellow legal pad and cheering on his son from the crowd.