Mark York, Who Played Billy Merchant On ‘The Office,’ Dead At Age 55

Mark York, who played the property manager Billy Merchant on “The Office,” died May 19 of an unexpected illness in Ohio at age 55, according to his obituary.

York appeared in a handful of episodes of the NBC workplace comedy from 2006 to 2009, perhaps his most memorable as the guest of clueless boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) at a disability awareness meeting.

The actor, whose legs were paralyzed in an auto accident in real life, entered the room in his wheelchair and fielded awkward questions from Scott before finally telling him: “You know what, Michael, let me stop you right there and leave.”

York, from Arcanum, Ohio, graduated from Anderson University in Indiana and eventually pursued acting in California. His other credits included “CSI: NY” (2006) and “8 Simple Rules” (2004), according to IMDB.

“He loved TV and the film industry,” according to the obit, posted by Kreitzer Funeral Home in Ohio.

The performer, aka Marcus A. York, had been working the past several years as an inventor, securing two patents.

He is survived by his mother and father and three brothers.

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