Telly Savalas

Born Jan 21, 1922

Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas was a Greek American film and television actor and singer, whose career spanned four decades. Best known for playing the title role in the 1970s crime drama Kojak, Savalas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz.… Read More

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1922 Birth The second of five children, Telly Savalas was born as Aristotelis Savalas on January 21, 1922, in Garden City, New York, to Greek American parents Christina (née Kapsalis), a New York City artist who was a native of Sparta, and Nick Savalas Tsavalas, a Greek restaurant owner. … Read More


1934 12 Years Old He won a spelling bee there in 1934, though through an oversight he did not receive his prize until 1991, when the Boston Herald newspaper and local school principal decided to award it to him. … Read More


1948 26 Years Old 1 More Event
When he entered Columbia University School of General Studies Savalas took courses including English language, radio, and psychology, graduating in 1948. … Read More
1950 28 Years Old In 1950, Savalas hosted a radio show called The Coffeehouse in New York City. … Read More


1958 36 Years Old His first acting role was on "And Bring Home a Baby", an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre in January 1958.
1959 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared on two more episodes of this same series in 1959 and 1960.
1960 38 Years Old They married in 1960. Marilyn gave birth to daughter Penelope in 1961. A second daughter, Candace, was born in 1963. They divorced in 1974, after a long separation. … Read More


1973 51 Years Old Sally gave birth to their son Nicholas Savalas on February 24, 1973. … Read More
1974 52 Years Old He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series two years in succession, winning the Emmy in 1974.
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He was also nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Drama Series from 1975 to 1978, winning twice, in 1975 and 1976. … Read More


1982 60 Years Old In 1982, along with Bob Hope and Linda Evans, he participated in the "world premiere" television ad introducing Diet Coke to Americans. … Read More
1984 62 Years Old They were married in 1984 and had two children together, Christian and Ariana. … Read More
1985 63 Years Old …  George Savalas, his brother who played Detective Stavros on the original Kojak series, died in 1985 of leukemia at age 60. … Read More
1987 65 Years Old On 28 October 1987, Savalas hosted Return to the Titanic Live, broadcast from Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris. … Read More
1992 70 Years Old Telly Savalas held a degree in psychology and was a world-class poker player who finished 21st at the main event in the 1992 World Series of Poker, as well as a motorcycle racer and lifeguard. … Read More
1993 71 Years Old In 1993, Savalas appeared on an Australian TV show, The Extraordinary with a paranormal tale where Savalas talked about an experience that he had that he cannot explain.
1994 72 Years Old Savalas died on January 22, 1994, the day after his 72nd birthday, of complications of cancer of the bladder and prostate at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. … Read More
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