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Teli Savalas: The poor glaze that conquered Hollywood and was proud of its Greek origin

The famous actor left his mark after the end of his career. (video)

Teli Savalas: The famous actor left his mark after the end of his career. He went down in history once and for all. American cinema and American television especially remember him for one of his works. This had to do with his role in the series “Kotzak”.

Teli Savalas: Successful in cinema and television

He has participated in countless more series and cinematic hits. His main feature was his lollipop and bald look. He adopted this after a role he played in 1965.

Aristotle “Teli” Savalas was born in Garden City, New York on January 21, 1922. He died of prostate cancer on January 22, 1994. Everyone remembers him as the legendary Greek-American actor, singer, director of the 20th century.

Nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Birdman of Alcatraz” (1962). He has starred in over 50 popular films. But the role that made him widely known and with which he has been established in the minds of viewers around the world, is that of Kozak. It was in the series of the same name in the 70’s. She played Theo Kojak, a Greek-American detective

Teli Savalas: Details about his life

Teli Savalas was very involved in the Greek-American community in New York. He was born Aristotle Savalas in Garden City, New York. He was the second of five children of Nikos and Christina Tsavala, Greek immigrants, originally from Laconia. Nikos Savalas maintained a restaurant in New York.

Aristotle started working when he was 8 years old as a newsboy and polisher with his brother, Gus, to help their family. When he entered high school he spoke only Greek, as his parents raised him with great Greek pride and Greek Orthodox values. He graduated in 1942 while studying psychology at Columbia University.

The “Greek Yul Briner” as some called him, always spoke with pride about his origin. Watch him give an interview in fluent Greek, about the way he grew up. “Blood does not become water, my father used to tell us, and Hellenism is never lost, not even the love for the country”, he is heard to say, among other things.

Teli Savalas: What he did during World War II

During World War II, he began working for the State Department, broadcasting “Your Voice of America” ​​and later on ABC News. This was the beginning of the entertainment industry. His career as an actor began later, after the age of 35.

Teli Savalas is the godfather of the actress of Greek origin, Jennifer Aniston, whose last name is Anastasaki. Savalas christened Aniston at the beautiful Greek Orthodox Hagia Sophia in Los Angeles, California. The iconic “Kotzak” and the star’s father, John Aniston, were very good friends. In fact, the two had played together in an episode of the legendary TV series “The Combat” that accompanied millions of viewers around the world with stories of World War II.

This episode referred to the action of a brave Greek colonel who fought with his men on the side of the allies. In the script, the Greek officer Aristotelis Kapsalis, played by the unforgettable Greek-American actor Teli Savalas, implements a daring plan to blow up German fuel depots guarded by superior military forces. The allies consider him idiosyncratic and extreme in their reactions, but they are impressed when at night during the break of the battle, he gets up to dance zeibekiko to the sounds of the bouzouki.

The origin of Telli

Then, they learn that the cruel Greek officer comes from the martyrdom Distomo that the Nazis committed the holocaust and there in the end “only flies and mountains of dust remained”. “Thoughts make him dance because he no longer has a home to return to,” one of his soldiers explains to the surprised Americans. Then Teli Savalas gets up and starts the dance shouting “Immortal homeland. Immortal Greece”.

One of his comrades-in-arms, “Mitsos”, is John Aniston (Yiannis Anastasakis), with whom his famous daughter did not always have the best relationship, as he left her when she was 10 years old. However, now they have found them and in fact the Hollywood star has uploaded tender moments with her Greek father on Instagram.

Teli Savalas: His personal life

Savalas was married three times. In 1948, after the death of his father from cancer, he married his college classmate, Kathrin Nikolaidis, and had his first daughter, Christina, in 1950. In 1957, Kathryn filed for divorce. After his separation and return to his mother’s house, Savalas will meet the teacher at the Garden City Theater, Marilyn Garder. They married in 1960 and had two daughters. Penelope in 1961 and Candace in 1963. They divorced in 1974.

In January 1969, during the filming of “Majesty’s Secret Service”, Teli Savalas met actress Sally Adams, with whom he had a son, Nikolas Savalas, in 1973. Savalas and Sally Adams did not They married and stayed together until December 1978. During Kozak’s last season, he met Julie Howland, a Minnesota travel agent. They married in 1984 and had two children, Christian and Ariana, and remained together until his death in 1994.

“Patriot, you stunned me…”

One of the unknown stories from his life is that of his meeting with colonels of the junta regime, who loved to take pictures with artists. According to the “Time Machine”, during a visit of Telis Savalas to Greece, he received an invitation from Colonel Ioannis Ladas to meet at the Ministry of Public Order.

The dictator Stylianos Pattakos was also there, who eagerly wanted to be photographed with Telis Savalas. Pattakos then stood in front of a map and, pointing to it, began to tell the famous star about the “achievements” of the regime, with a wealth of details about the flights that the colonels make daily.

Then, Teli Savalas interrupted Pattakos with the legendary phrase: “Patriot, I was dizzy with so many flights. Do you have any pills for nausea? Pattakos could not do anything, not even get angry, in front of the high guest from America.

Source: iefimerida, enimerotiko


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