Telly Savalas
Actor
Telly Savalas
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.
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Weekend Miser
NYTimes - over 5 years
They say you don't get many second chances in this life, but not so, according to the FringeNYC Encore Series. Beginning on Friday, you can catch some of the most popular shows that were performed at this summer's New York International Fringe Festival. These include the Telly Savalas-inspired lounge act, ''Who Loves You Baby?,'' starring Tom
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Lost in space: films that took audiences light years ahead - Vancouver Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Capricorn One (1978): Starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Telly Savalas, Sam Waterston and OJ Simpson, the movie could have ended up as a Love Boat or Fantasy Island episode, but instead tells a pretty believable yarn about a group of
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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Starts in September - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- What do Robert DeNiro, Hugo Chavez, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Moore, John Kerry, Don Imus, Harry Belafonte, Nelson Mandela, Colin Powell, Frank Zappa, Telly Savalas, Bill Bixby and Timothy Leary all have in common?
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Buy Gold Dips, Short Crude Rips: Jeff Hirsch - Yahoo! Finance (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Howard 39 minutes ago Jeff, my Telly Savalas wannabe. Ask your experts this very simple question, if gold is the be all and end all, the ultimate fear haven place to be, then why did it sit still for over 6 months after 9-11?
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Singer Ariana Savalas is proud of her dad Telly, but is making a name for herself - Palm Beach Post
Google News - over 5 years
Savalas, who was only 7 when television icon Telly Savalas of Kojak and The Dirty Dozen fame died, can't wait to hear all about it. “It's such a blessing. A lot of kids of celebrities get upset when people come to the show because of who their parents
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Telly Savalas Takes His Bald Head To The Stage - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
​The '70s star of Kojak and self-possessed crooner of love tunes is back, complete with his illustrious glitterdome. Tom DiMenna doing a swell impression of the macho man actor, swiveling back from the
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ARIANA SAVALAS (Telly's Daughter) At The Royal Room - Colony Hotel - Palm Beach - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Growing up in Los Angeles, singer/ songwriter/ actor/ dancer Ariana Savalas was constantly entertained by the fascinating stories about her famous father, legendary film, television actor and Academy Award nominated Telly Savalas (for "Birdman of
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'Desperate Housewife' Nicolette Sheridan returns in Hallmark Channel movie - Kansas City Star (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Her stepfather was actor Telly Savalas, and when she was a senior in high school her mother decided she was becoming "too Americanized" and shipped her back to England. "It was entering a new world where you know nobody," she says slipping into an
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Town with Nicholas Crane, BBC2, Thursday Harold Baim's Guide to Britain, BBC4 ... - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Perhaps what Ludlow needed was Telly Savalas to sing its praises. Bewilderingly, Savalas provided the narration for a series of British city travelogues made by Harold Baim, a long-dead "quota quickie" film-maker. Savalas's relish for the sights of
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Silvio Narizzano Dead at 84: Directors Guild Nominee for GEORGY GIRL - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Wells co-wrote two movies directed by Narizzano: Senza ragione / Redneck (1972), a crime thriller with Franco Nero, Mark Lester, and Telly Savalas, and Bloodbath (1979), a cheapo horror movie shot in Mojácar. As per The Guardian, Bloodbath starred
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Notes Toward Modeling a Risk-Free Rate with Default Possibilities - Business Insider
Google News - over 5 years
Think Michael Jordan (or Telly Savalas, if you're Of a Certain Age). So you can borrow less, and probably have to sell some of your assets. Which ones? If we're lucky, it's longer-term Treasuries, and some of the yield curve inversion mentioned earlier
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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday - Daily Kos
Google News - over 5 years
It's kind of like the last scene in The Battle of the Bulge when German tank commander Robert Shaw is desperately trying to make it to the top of the fuel depot, but Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson are already up there and they roll a bunch of
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Celebrity godfathers and godmothers - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
but he could have, since it was Telly Savalas. Fellow former Pitt fling Gwyneth Paltrow's godfather is none other than Steven Spielberg -- he gave her away at her wedding to Chris Martin. Spielberg also assumed the title of Drew Barrymore's godfather
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Black Woman Kicked Off Flight For Allegedly Wearing No Panties - News One
Google News - over 5 years
I think he wanted to know if she was sporting a Telly Savalas or a Don King:) Okay…as I would never travel wearing such…once they determined she was wearing shorts (boy shorts I'm assuming) the events that followed were completely un-called for
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European debt crisis: an idiot's guide - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Greece is more of a Telly Savalas - Bald as a coot. The Euro is still doomed; it has no possibility of clearing its sovereign debt. Even by best estimates the UKs sovereign debt will take two generations to pay off. OK. What's going on today though?
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Telly Savalas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 72
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had lived at the Sheraton in Universal City for 20 years, becoming such a fixture at the hotel bar that it was renamed Telly's. Savalas was interred at the George Washington section of Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The funeral, held in the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, was attended by his third wife, Julie, and his brother Gus. His first two wives, Katherine and Marilyn, also attended with their own children. The mourners included Angie Dickinson, Nicollette Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Sorbo, Sally Adams, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, and several of Telly's Kojak co-stars - Kevin Dobson, Dan Frazer, and Vince Conti. His silver screen career usually had him cast as the villain in such films as: Other movie roles where Savalas did not play the villain were:
  • 1993
    Age 71
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His other hobbies and interests included golfing, swimming, reading romantic books, watching football, traveling, collecting luxury cars and gambling. He loved horse racing and bought a racehorse with movie director and producer Howard W. Koch. Naming the horse Telly's Pop, it won several races in 1975 including the Norfolk Stakes and Del Mar Futurity. In his capacity as producer for Kojak, he gave many stars their first break, as Burt Lancaster did for him. He was considered by those who knew him to be a generous, graceful, compassionate man. He was also a strong contributor to his Greek Orthodox roots through the Saint Sophia and Saint Nicholas cathedrals in Los Angeles and was the sponsor of bringing electricity in the 1970s to his ancestral home, Ierakas, Greece. Telly was also Jennifer Aniston's godfather. Savalas had a minor physical handicap in that his left index finger was deformed. This deformed digit was often indicated on screen; Kojak episode "Conspiracy of Fear" in which a close-up of Savalas holding his chin in his hand clearly shows the permanently bent finger. As a philanthropist and philhellene, Telly Savalas supported many Hellenic causes and made friends in major cities around the world. In Chicago, Telly often met with Illinois State Senators Steven G. Nash and Samuel Maragos, also Greeks, as well as Greek millionaire Simeon Frangos, who owned the Athens North nightclub and the Flying Carpet Hotel near O'Hare airport.
  • 1987
    Age 65
    On 28 October 1987, Savalas hosted Return to the Titanic Live, broadcast from Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details In front of a live TV audience, a valise recovered from the sea bed was opened, revealing a number of personal items apparently belonging to Richard L. Beckwith of New York, who survived the sinking. A safe was also opened, revealing a few items of memorabilia and some soggy banknotes. The tone of the event has been described by one commentator as "unsympathetic, lacking dignity and finesse, and with all the superficial qualities of a 'media event'." The TV critic of The New York Times, John Corry, called the event "a combination of the sacred and profane and sometimes the downright silly." Paul Heyer commented that it was "presented as a kind of deep sea striptease", and that Savalas "seemed haggard, missed several cues, and at one point almost tripped over a chair." Controversy persisted after the broadcast when claims were made that the safe had been opened beforehand and that the show had effectively been a fraud.
  • 1985
    Age 63
    George Savalas, his brother who played Detective Stavros on the original Kojak series, died in 1985 of leukemia at age 60.
    More Details Hide Details George Savalas recorded a series of Greek folk songs. His mother Christina, who had always been his best friend, supporter, and devoted parent, died in 1989. Later that year, Savalas was diagnosed with transitional cell cancer of the bladder. While undergoing treatment, he continued to act, including a recurring role on The Commish.
  • 1984
    Age 62
    They were married in 1984 and had two children together, Christian and Ariana.
    More Details Hide Details Julie and Telly remained married until his death. Christian Savalas is an actor, singer and songwriter. Ariana Savalas is an actress and singer/songwriter. Julie Savalas is an inventor and artist.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 60
    In 1982, along with Bob Hope and Linda Evans, he participated in the "world premiere" television ad introducing Diet Coke to Americans.
    More Details Hide Details Savalas appeared on the Australian supernatural television show The Extraordinary, where he told a personal ghost story similar to the vanishing hitchhiker. In the late 1980s, Savalas guest starred on an episode of The Equalizer, which was produced by James McAdams, who had produced Kojak. He played a terrorist turned monk in the episode entitled "Blood and Wine".He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1996 TV Guide ranked him number 33 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. The wreck of the RMS Titanic was found in 1985 by a joint Franco-American expedition led by Jean-Louis Michel of IFREMER and Robert Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Since its discovery, the wreck site has been visited by numerous expeditions, including salvage operations which have controversially recovered thousands of items.
  • 1975
    Age 53
    As a singer, Savalas had some chart success. His spoken word version of Bread's "If" produced by Snuff Garrett reached #1 in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland in March 1975 and his sung version of Don Williams' "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" topped the charts in Switzerland in February 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He worked with composer and producer John Cacavas on many albums, including Telly (1974) and Who Loves Ya, Baby (1976). After the success of "If" in the UK, a parody version recorded by British voiceover artists Chris Sanford and Bill Mitchell performing as Yin and Yan, reached number 25 in the UK charts. Telly appeared in several episodes of the television series The Untouchables, which dealt with the era of Al Capone and Eliot Ness during the years of prohibition. In the late 1970s, Savalas narrated three United Kingdom travelogues titled Telly Savalas Looks at Portsmouth, Telly Savalas Looks at Aberdeen and Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham. These were produced by Harold Baim and were examples of quota quickies which were then part of a requirement that cinemas in the United Kingdom show a set percentage of British produced films. He also hosted the 1989 video UFOs and Channeling. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Savalas appeared in commercials for the Players' Club Gold Card.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His younger brother George played the regular role of Detective Stavros - a sensitive, wild-haired, quiet, comedic foil to Kojak's street-wise humor in an otherwise dark dramatic TV series. Kevin Dobson played the role of Kojak's trusted young partner, Det. Bobby Crocker. The on-screen chemistry of Savalas and Dobson was a success story of 1970s television. After the show's cancellation, Dobson went on to further fame in the popular prime-time 1980s soap opera Knots Landing. As a result, he did not appear in a majority of Kojak TV movies. Savalas and Dobson were reunited on-screen for one last time when they appeared together in the 1990 TV movie Kojak: It's Always Something, where Dobson's character was a lawyer - similar to his role on Knots Landing - instead of a police officer. Crocker, specifically, was a prosecutor in the storyline; his police experience had evidently given him a rich background from which he could draw when he studied for his law degree.
  • 1974
    Age 52
    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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  • 1973
    Age 51
    Sally gave birth to their son Nicholas Savalas on February 24, 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Although Savalas and Sally Adams never legally married, she went by the aka Sally Savalas. They stopped living together in December 1978; she filed a palimony lawsuit against him in 1980, demanding support not only for herself and their son, but also for Nicollette. In 1977 during the last season of Kojak, he met Julie Hovland, a travel agent from Minnesota.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In January 1969, while working on the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Savalas met and moved in with Sally Adams, a small-time actress 25 years his junior, whose daughter from a previous relationship is Nicollette Sheridan.
  • 1959
    Age 37
    Between 1959 and 1967, he made more than fifty guest appearances in such series as Naked City, Empire, Arrest and Trial, The Eleventh Hour, King of Diamonds, The Aquanauts, The Untouchables, Diagnosis: Unknown, Burke's Law, Combat!
    More Details Hide Details The Fugitive, Breaking Point, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The F.B.I. and the The Twilight Zone classic episode "Living Doll" in which he can be seen with hair. He had a recurring role as Brother Hendricksen on the popular crime drama series, 77 Sunset Strip and was a regular on the short-lived NBC television series Acapulco. In 1980, he starred in the TV film Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story. While playing Lucky Luciano on the TV series The Witness, he was "discovered" by actor Burt Lancaster. He appeared with Lancaster in four movies - the first of these was the crime drama The Young Savages (1961). After playing a police officer in this movie, he moved on to play a string of heavies. Once again opposite Lancaster, he won acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the recidivist prisoner Feto Gomez in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). In the same year he appeared alongside Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear (1962) as private detective Charles Sievers.
    He appeared on two more episodes of this same series in 1959 and 1960.
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  • 1958
    Age 36
    His first acting role was on "And Bring Home a Baby", an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre in January 1958.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 28
    In 1950, Savalas hosted a radio show called The Coffeehouse in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Savalas began as an executive director and then senior director of the news special events at ABC. He then became an executive producer for the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports where he gave Howard Cosell his first job in television. Savalas was a character actor on television series during 1959 and the 1960s.
  • 1948
    Age 26
    Savalas was married three times. In 1948 after his father's death from bladder cancer, Savalas married his college sweetheart, Katherine Nicolaides. Daughter Christina, named after his mother, was born in 1950. In 1957, Katherine filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details She urged him to move back to his mother's house during that same year. While Savalas was going broke, he founded the Garden City Theater Center in his native Garden City. While working there, he met Marilyn Gardner, a theater teacher.
    When he entered Columbia University School of General Studies Savalas took courses including English language, radio, and psychology, graduating in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details At that time he fell in love with radio and television, which led to his interest in acting. Savalas also served three years (1943–1946) in the United States Army during World War II, working for the US State Department as host of the Your Voice of America series, then at ABC News, before beginning an acting career in his late thirties.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1934
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation from high school he worked as a lifeguard, but on one occasion was unsuccessful at rescuing a man from drowning, an event which would haunt Savalas for the remainder of his life.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 0
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One set of grandparents originated from Gerakas, Greece, in the Peloponnese. Savalas and his brother Gus sold newspapers and shined shoes to help support the family. He entered Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York, and graduated in 1940. He initially spoke only Greek when he entered grade school, but learned English. He attended Cobbett Junior High School in Lynn, Massachusetts.
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