The legendary “Fterou” of Athens passed away – The fascinating life of Andreas Nomikos

Andreas Nomikos, known as “feather”, originally from Lemnos, passed away on Saturday morning in a private clinic where he was treated. In recent months, Andreas has been facing health problems with his family members by his side, who accompanied him to the end of his adventure. Although many things about his personal life were not known, he was 84 years old and is rumored to be married and the father of three children.

Who was Andreas Nomikos?

Andreas Nomikos, known as “feather” is perhaps the most cult figure in Athens in the past decades.

Who has not walked in the historic center in the 1980s or even earlier and has not “crashed” Andreas Nomikos? Doesn’t the name tell you anything? The shrill voice with the terrible attack, will surely tell you…

“Feathers, feathers, good feathers”! Those who did not drink their lunch, spring coffee in Monastiraki and suddenly in the silence did not hear this squeaky voice of the always smiling and ready for fun Andreas, have missed one of the funniest episodes of this city.

Andreas Nomikos, went through many jobs among them and… selling feathers that supplemented his income but at the same time was a kind of entertainment.

His appearance with the short shorts, the creams all over the body, the flip flops, the see through blouses and the necklaces around the neck referred to a homosexual, but for those who know him well this was just a trick to catch the eye, to gathers a lot of people next to him and thus sells his wings more easily.

Andreas may have “scanned” almost the entire historic center of Athens, however, his “headquarters” was usually a bench on the pedestrian street of Aeolus, near its junction with Euripides. From there, every day, he started his raids.

It was there that the Athenians first met him in the early 1960s, and it was there that Greek filmmakers found him to make suggestions for him to play small roles in the films they were making. So in an unexpected way he succeeded and appeared in about 30 movies. The roles he had were essentially himself.


His medicated attack on the soldiers during the junta

The story from the turbulent days of November 1973 when the tanks of the dictatorship had taken to the streets to “restore order” will always cause the same laughter.

Andreas was walking in Patision and at about the height of the Museum he passed, always holding his treatise, in front of an army armor. Some soldiers were out of it. Andreas approached them and in his characteristic voice asked them: “Dear children, what are you playing here? The Unknown War?

But that was not all. Another well-known story that accompanies the fame of Andreas Nomikos is the one with the teasing of the sailors who every morning waited at the bus stop in Koumoundourou Square to go to Skaramaga. Andreas, always immobile and ready for teasing, approached them, dusted their shoulders with their wings and sang to them: “Take me as a sailor, take me and put me in the bow”!


Still, even when he wanted to hurt someone, he did not hesitate to use his humorous medicine. A typical case is the answer he gave to a… as a gentleman who was annoyed by his presence. Andreas Nomikos approached him, always with a smile, and when he was convinced that the audience was expecting from him the outburst that would spread laughter, he said to the master: “Well, what a nice plaid jacket you are wearing. I have exactly the same on a tablecloth in my house!


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