George Chakiris Overview:

Actor, George Chakiris, was born on Sep 16, 1934 in Norwood, OH. As of December 2019, George Chakiris was 85 years old.

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George Chakiris was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story (as Bernardo) in 1961.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1961Best Supporting ActorWest Side Story (1961)BernardoWon
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George Chakiris's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #207 on Nov 15, 2011.

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George Chakiris Quotes:

Dr. Dean Kahanna: All right Sloane, I know how you feel.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: [sobs drunkenly] Feel? That's just it, I don't feel. Anything. Paul must of loved me and I felt was a blank. I don't know how to love.


Dr. Dean Kahanna: My brother knows you were born to the purple, but he doesn't know how much you like to wear it.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Well that's a switch isn't it? What you really mean is will I do right by Paul.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Exactly. Will you run him like your brother runs everything? Will you be his wife or will he be just your husband?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: What cave do you live in? How is it any different for me to be just his wife or for him to be just my husband?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: If someone is wearing the shoes it had better be the man.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Ha
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Don't forget Sloane, I grew up with you too, and I took notes. Remember that summer when you were 15, up by the waterfall? Do you remember what you did? You took off your clothes and dove in.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: I remember. I said "Come on in Deano, come on in." And why didn't you? Were you too shocked? I bet you'd be shocked right now.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: I wasn't shocked Sloane. I wanted to.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: [caught off guard] You know what I would have done if you had? I would have scratced your eyes out and said "I hate you Dean Kahanna, I hate you."
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Sure Sloan. I hate you too.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Oh, Deano. I don't know why, but you bring out the spitting witch in me. One of us must be an awful person.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Both of us. I bring out the spitting witch, but it has to be there to come out.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: And that's with just one pair of shoes.


Riff: Now move in and shake hands.
Bernardo: For what?
Riff: Well, that's the way it's done, buddy boy.
Bernardo: More gracious living. Everyone of you hates everyone of us, and we *hate* you right back.


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George Chakiris Facts
Performed the role of Riff, leader of the Jets, in the London stage production of "West Side Story" before winning the role of Bernardo, leader of the rival Sharks gang, in the film version (West Side Story (1961)).

Often remembered as a "Latin Lover" type in Hollywood, but is actually the son of Greek immigrants.

He was one of the tuxedoed male dancers surrounding Marilyn Monroe for the 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' number in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953).

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