โ€˜The Officeโ€™ stars are paying tribute to actor Mark York after news of his ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™

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โ€œThe Officeโ€ stars are reacting to news of actor Mark Yorkโ€™s ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™. York guest-starred as Billy Merchant in several episodes of the beloved NBC sitcom over the course of multiple seasons.

Yorkโ€™s costars started paying tribute to him on social media after an ๐• ๐•“๐•š๐•ฅ๐•ฆ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ช written by his family shared that York had ๐••๐•š๐•–๐•• in Dayton, Ohio, on May 19 after โ€œa brief and ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ฉ๐•ก๐•–๐•”๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•š๐•๐•๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค๐•ค,โ€ at age 55.

The coronerโ€™s office in Montgomery County (where Dayton is located) confirmed to the New York Times on Monday that York had ๐••๐•š๐•–๐•• of natural causes.

Though his cameos were brief, York left a lasting impression on โ€œThe Officeโ€ viewers with his to-the-point responses to Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scottโ€™s ignorant comments, usually about Billy using a wheelchair.

Billy, who was a ๐•ก๐•’๐•ฃ๐•’๐•ก๐•๐•–๐•˜๐•š๐•” like York, was the properties manager of the building where Dunder Mifflinโ€™s Scranton branch was located, and he rarely had any patience for Michaelโ€™s nonsense.

For example, in a memorable episode titled โ€œCasino Night,โ€ Michael assumes that the woman next to Billy is his nurse.

โ€œShe was never my nurse, I met her at Chiliโ€™s. She was my waitress,โ€ Billy told Michael in the scene, setting the record straight.

Billy appears in a total of four episodes in the sitcom (that ran for nine seasons, from 2005 to 2013) and is mentioned in a few other instances.

Aside from his memorable stint as Billy, York also had guest roles in TV shows like โ€œ8 Simple Rulesโ€ and โ€œCSI: New York.โ€

York is survived by his parents, Becky and Glenn York, and his brothers, Jeff, David, and Brian.

Yorkโ€™s costars spoke warmly about working with him on โ€˜The Officeโ€™ in their social-media tributes
In four episodes across the first five seasons, โ€œThe Officeโ€ viewers watched Billy help Michael fundraise $340 for rabies research, assist the clueless regional manager in finding new office space after Michael briefly leaves Dunder Mifflin, and leave midway through an ๐• ๐•—๐•—๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ค๐•š๐•ง๐•– ๐••๐•š๐•ค๐•’๐•“๐•š๐•๐•š๐•ฅ๐•ช-๐•’๐•จ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค๐•ค meeting.

After news broke of Yorkโ€™s ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™, Rainn Wilson, who played Michaelโ€™s sidekick and assistant Dwight Schrute, tweeted that York was a โ€œterrific humanโ€ and โ€œa dynamic actor.โ€

Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly-Halpert, also wrote in a tweet it was โ€œa pleasure to work withโ€ York while sending love to his family.ย 

Angela Kinsey, who played Pamโ€™s โ€œThe Officeโ€ ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•ค๐•š๐•ค (also named Angela), tweeted that she was โ€œvery ๐•ค๐•’๐•• to hear about Markโ€™s ๐•ก๐•’๐•ค๐•ค๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜.โ€

The obituary by Yorkโ€™s family echoed Wilsonโ€™s, Fischerโ€™s, and Kingseyโ€™s sentiments and spoke to Yorkโ€™s โ€œmany travel opportunities and many dreams for the future.โ€

โ€œHe had such an outgoing, uplifting, positive attitude and personality. He always tried to look at what he could accomplish and do, not what he couldnโ€™t do,โ€ the ๐• ๐•“๐•š๐•ฅ๐•ฆ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ช read, adding that York had been a ๐•ก๐•’๐•ฃ๐•’๐•ก๐•๐•–๐•˜๐•š๐•” since 1988.

According to The Times report about his ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™, York used his roles on-screen to promote visibility for wheelchair users. He also supported doctors and researchers trying to find a cure for spinal-๐•”๐• ๐•ฃ๐•• injuries and served as a ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ก๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ค๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐•ง๐•– for SCI Research Advancement, a group trying to fund research for ๐•ค๐•ก๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•”๐• ๐•ฃ๐•• regeneration.

โ€œAs an actor, heโ€™s attempting to open the minds of casting directors, and others in Hollywood, to also see a wheelchair-user in real-life roles such as doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and such, becauseโ€ฆwell, they are,โ€ Yorkโ€™s website said about his work in Hollywood.

Yorkโ€™s obituary also shared that in recent years before his ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™, he had also been working as an inventor and had successfully secured two patents for his inventions.

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