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Telly Savalas

Telly Savalas

72 (passed away Jan. 22nd, 1994)
Jan. 21st, 1922
Born in
Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA
5' 10"

Telly Savalas' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Kojak (1973) TV Show
Kojak (1973)
The Commish TV Show
The Commish
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons TV Show
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre TV Show
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre
The Aquanauts TV Show
The Aquanauts
Channing TV Show
Dateline: Hollywood TV Show
Dateline: Hollywood
Acapulco TV Show
Diagnosis: Unknown TV Show
Diagnosis: Unknown
Grindl TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Son of Greek immigrants. Soldier during World War II. Studied psychology. Worked as journalist for ABC News. The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types. He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) (TV) was expanded into the gritty "Kojak" (1973) TV series, lasting from 1973-78.

  • Has the distinction of playing two Alcatraz prison inmates; Feto Gomez in _Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)_ (qv) and Cretzer in _Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980) (TV)_ (qv).
  • He was an accomplished poker player.
  • In 1990 the city of New York declared _The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) (TV)_ (qv) as the official movie of New York City, and awarded Telly with the Key to the City. The film was the one that introduced Savalas' most famous character, Lt. Theo Kojak, later made famous on its spin-off series _"Kojak" (1973)_ (qv).
  • His mother, Christina, died in 1989.
  • Met his first wife (Katherine) at a Greek dance while attending Columbia University.
  • Reason why he sucked on a lollipop during _"Kojak" (1973)_ (qv): to help him to quit smoking.
  • Hosted a popular radio program, "Telly's Coffeehouse," in the early 1950s.
  • His son 'Nick Savalas (I)' (qv)'s half-sister, 'Nicollette Sheridan' (qv), and his former _"Kojak" (1973)_ (qv) co-star, 'Kevin Dobson (I)' (qv), both starred in the popular 1980s soap opera, _"Knots Landing" (1979)_ (qv).

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