George Chakiris Overview:

Actor, George Chakiris, was born on Sep 16, 1934 in Norwood, OH. As of December 2020, George Chakiris was 86 years old.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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: [to Sloane] There's a war going on inside your head, it up to you who win's. If Paul had lived he would have had to battle your brother for you for the rest of your life. As for me, I wouldn't sleep well three to a bed.


Dr. Dean Kahanna: [about Mai Chen] How could you lose her?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Her heart gave out. You lost her.


Anita: You have your big important council. The council,
[kiss]
Anita: or me.
[kiss]
Bernardo: First one,
[kiss]
Bernardo: then the other.
[Tries to kiss her, she pulls away]
Anita: Ah, I'm an American girl now, I don't wait.
Bernardo: Ah, back home women know their place.
Anita: Back home little boys don't have war councils.
Bernardo: Ah, but they do here. You want me to be an American, don't you?


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George Chakiris Facts
Hit #110 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts with "Maria" in October of 1962.

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).

Is portrayed by Glenn Quinn in Call Me Anna (1990) (TV).

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