Mark York, Entertainer on 'The Workplace,' Kicks the bucket at 55


The Ohio local, who pushed more noteworthy perceivability onscreen for individuals with incapacities, showed up in early periods of the NBC sitcom as Billy Vendor. 

Mark York, the entertainer most popular for playing Billy Trader on the NBC sitcom "The Workplace," passed on a week ago in Dayton, Ohio. He was 55. 

His demise was affirmed by the Montgomery Area coroner's office, which said on Tuesday that he had passed on in a clinic of normal causes. Mr. York's family said in a tribute that he had kicked the bucket after "a brief and unforeseen disease." 

Mr. York showed up in four scenes of "The Workplace" from 2006 to 2009 as the property director of the workplace park where Dunder Mifflin, the anecdotal paper organization at the focal point of the arrangement, made its home. His character, Billy Trader, who like Mr. York was a paraplegic, was presented in the second season when Michael Scott, the blundering branch supervisor played by Steve Carell, carried him to the workplace for a wince instigating meeting on incapacity mindfulness. 

In the scene, Mr. York's character gamely addresses Michael's confused inquiries concerning his wheelchair use. Be that as it may, when Michael attempts to compare it with consuming his foot on a George Foreman barbecue, Billy intrudes on: "You know what, Michael? Allow me to stop you not too far off … and leave." 

"The letters I get about the character are extraordinary," Mr. York revealed to Individuals magazine in 2010, saying one fan had composed that he "shed light on how insane workplace issues can be" for laborers with inabilities who are simply attempting to tackle their responsibilities. 

Making wheelchair clients more noticeable onscreen was just one of Mr. York's objectives. He likewise upheld endeavors to discover a remedy for spinal line wounds, filling in as the Southern California agent for SCI Exploration Headway, a not-for-profit establishment that attempts to assist research. 

"He would continually think of thoughts for us, and eventually he concocted a plan to contact the White House," Will Ambler, the originator of the gathering, said in a meeting. 

In January 2010, Mr. York, Mr. Ambler and one of the establishment's board individuals met in Washington with Kareem Dale, President Barack Obama's extraordinary right hand for inability strategy, and other government authorities. Mr. York, an ardent voyager, drove there from Ohio in his vehicle, a red Avoid Magnum with hand controls that he called Roxanne and had in excess of 300,000 miles on it. 

For wheelchair clients, driving is a method of recovering opportunity, and Mr. York "just took it to the most significant level he could," Mr. Ambler said, adding, "He was freed, he was free and he could go anyplace he needed." 

Despite the fact that they didn't get the progressions that they proposed, the gathering has gone ahead and Mr. York had as of late proposed moving toward the White House once more. 

He was dealing with it until the end," Mr. Ambler said. 

Cast individuals from "The Workplace" shared their sympathies on Twitter. 

"He was a marvelous human, a positive power and a unique entertainer," said Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute. 

Marcus A. York was brought into the world on Nov. 27, 1965, in Arcanum, Ohio, and moved on from Arcanum Secondary School. In 1988, a fender bender left him impaired. The mishap gave him "a renewed outlook," as indicated by a memoir on his site, and he moved on from Anderson College in Indiana with studies brain science, social science and social work. While he was in school, companions supported Mr. York to seek after displaying and acting, and he later moved to California. 

Notwithstanding TV advertisements, Mr. York showed up in the shows "8 Straightforward Guidelines" and "CSI: NY." He likewise had an uncredited job in the 2001 film "A.I. Man-made consciousness." 

As indicated by his eulogy, he had been working as of late as a designer and had gotten two licenses. 

Mr. York is made due by his folks, Glenn and Becky York, and three siblings, Brian, Jeff and David.