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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, a Greek restaurant owner.


1940 18 Years Old He entered Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York, and graduated in 1940. … 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


1957 35 Years Old In 1957, Katherine filed for divorce after she found out from Telly that he was running away to flee his creditors. … 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. … Read More


1969 47 Years Old In 1969, while working on the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Savalas met Sally Adams.


1973 51 Years Old Sally gave birth to their son Nicholas Savalas on February 24, 1973.
1974 52 Years Old Gardner filed for divorce from Savalas in 1974, but Savalas and Sally Adams never legally married.
1977 55 Years Old In 1977 during the last season of Kojak, he met Julie Hovland, a travel agent from Minnesota. 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
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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