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.

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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:

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[last spoken lines, in French, using English subtitles]
Etienne: Hurry, they're waiting.
Delphine: Solange isn't here?
Etienne: Too bad.
Delphine: But we were to meet at noon.
Bill: It's nearly half past, get in!
Delphine: Wait. Here she comes!
Etienne: No, it's Josette.
Josette: Wait for me! Take me, I want to see Paris.
Etienne: Hop in.


The Girls: [singing] I like to be in America, OK by me in America, everything free in America...
Bernardo: [singing] For a small fee in America!


Dr. Dean Kahanna: Wherever I am, how did you get here?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: This time you sent for me?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Did I?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Loud and clear.
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Did I say why?
Dr. Dean Kahanna: Any woman who asks for a man and doesn't know she's asked for him doesn't have to tell me why. I know.


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

George was one of the male dancers in the 1954 hit movie "White Christmas". He particularly featured in the musical number "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" with Rosemary Clooney.

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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