Telly Savalas Overview:

Legendary character actor, Telly Savalas, was born Aristotelis Savalas on Jan 21, 1922 in Garden City, NY. Savalas died at the age of 72 on Jan 22, 1994 in Universal City, CA .

MINI BIO:

Shaven-headed, strong-faced, and grinning American character star of Greek parentage. He switched from being a TV executive to an actor in the late 1950s. His slightly unbalanced features got him cast as psychopathic villains, and it was only with his great personal success as the tough detective in the TV series Kojak that he managed to break the mold. His attempts at direction on that series were very promising. Nominated for an Academy Award in Birdman of Alcatraz. Died from prostate cancer.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Savalas was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1962Best Supporting ActorBirdman of Alcatraz (1962)Feto GomezNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Telly Savalas Quotes:

[Blofeld wants to share his life with Tracy]
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Now, if you're very, very nice to me. I could make you my Countess.
Tracy: But I'm already a Countess.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Whereas if you displease me, I can promise you a very *different* estate.


Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Merry Christmas, 007.
James Bond: [as Hillary Bray] I'm Sir Hillary Bray.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: No no no, Mr. Bond. Respectable baronets from the College of Heralds do "not" seduce female patients in clinics. On the other hand, they do get their professional details... "right". The De Bleauchamps tombs are "not" in the Augsburg Cathedral as you said, but in the Ste. Anna Kirch. Sir Hillary Bray would have known!
[Bond looks down and sighs finally aware that he has been made]
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: [beat tone]
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: A small slip. It takes more than a few props to turn 007 into a Herald.
[breaks Bond's glasses]
James Bond: [normal voice] It'll take more than cutting off your earlobes, Blofeld, to turn you into a Count.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: I may yet suprise you. But I'm afraid you have no more suprises left for me. I know all about your mission, Mr. Bond.
[Blofeld throws Campbell's mountain climbing equipment at the floor]
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Your colleague! Such a keen climber, and a brilliant conversationalist... before he left us.
James Bond: You realize that he reported where I am.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Oh, I doubt that. In any case, no one is coming to your rescue, Mr. Bond. In a few short hours, the United Nations will receive a Yultide greeting. The information that I now possess the scientific means to control, or to destroy, the economy of the whole world. People will have more important things to deal with than you.


Ernst Stavro Blofeld: I've taught you to love chickens, to love their flesh, their voice.


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Telly Savalas Facts
Was a member of Company C, 12th Medical Training Battalion, 4th Medical Training Regiment at Camp Pickett, Virginia.

Born on the same day as Benny Hill, who impersonated Savalas's "Kojak" (1973) character on "The Benny Hill Show" (1969).

His eldest daughter, Christina, was named after his mother.

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