Mark York, famous for his appearances on the NBC comedy series “The Office,” has died. He was just 55-years-old.
Mark died on Wednesday, the Office of the Montgomery County coroner confirmed to CNN.
“He was a great spirit that kept his family laughing throughout their time together. He will be extremely missed by all the lives he has touched,” according to a eulogy from his hometown of Arcanum, Ohio.
CNN reached out to York’s agent for comments.
In 1998, Mark met with a car accident that paralyzed his legs, making him wheelchair-bound. Mark pursued a career in acting after graduating with degrees in sociology, social work and psychology from Anderson University in Indiana.
He featured in multiple seasons of “The Office” as Billy Merchant. One of his initial appearances was in Season 2 when Steve Carell (Michael Scott) conducts a disability awareness meeting. Michael invites Merchant, who in the show is the property owner of the office building, as a chief guest.
“I’ve literally used a chair since I was five years old. I don’t really notice it anymore,” Mark said.
According to IMDB, Mark has also appeared in other shows such as “CSI: New York,” commercials for AARP, Verizon and State Farm, and movies like Steven Spielberg’s “Artificial Intelligence.”
“He loved film and TV industry. Mark could quote so many lines from films and tell you who specific actors were in most movies,” reads his eulogy. “He spent most of his life in California where he had many exciting moments during his acting career.”
Mark is survived by his brothers and his parents. His visitation and funeral took place on Saturday in Ohio.