Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas was born in Garden City, New York on January 21, 1922 and passed away to prostate cancer on January 22, 1994. Telly will always be remembered as the most legendary Greek-American actor, singer, director of the 20th century.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and was in over 50 popular movie rolls.
Telly Savalas is most popularly known for his star role in the hit 70’s-80’s television show “Kojak”. Savalas played Theo Kojak, a Greek-American detective.
Savalas was very involved in the Greek-American community and was the Grand Marshall at many of the Greek parades in New York:
Telly Savalas was born to Greek-American parents Christina Kapsalis, a New York City artist who was a native of Sparta, and his father Nick Savalas, was a Greek restaurant owner 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. Savalas initially spoke only Greek when he entered grade school as his parents raised him with great Greek pride and Greek-Orthodox values.
SEE VIDEO BELOW OF TELLY SAVALAS SPEAKING (IN FLUENT GREEK) ON GREEK PRIDE :
DID YOU KNOW? Telly Savalas is Jennifer Aniston’s (Anastassakis) Godfather? Telly baptized Aniston at the beautiful St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.
Seen here below proudly looking down at Jennifer Aniston with family and John Aniston.
Telly Savalas appeared on many mainstream American magazines:
Telly Savalas was also a popular singing sensation with a sultry voice:
RIP Telly Savalas. The legendary actor passed away on January 22, 1994. In attendance, Nicolette Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston, Frank Sinatra, and many more celebrities.