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Encyclopedia > Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
Birth name Aristotelis Savalas
Born January 21, 1922(1922-01-21)
Garden City, New York, U.S.
Died January 22, 1994 (aged 72)
Universal City, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Katherine Nicolaides (1948-1957)
Marilyn Gardner (1960-1974)
Julie Hovland (1984-1994)

Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas (January 21, 1922January 22, 1994) was a prominent Emmy Award-winning American film and television actor whose career spanned four decades. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1963 for his supporting role in Birdman of Alcatraz. He also starred with Burt Lancaster in The Young Savages and The Scalphunters. For the course of his long career, he was best known for his work playing the title role in the popular 1970s crime drama, Kojak, and for also playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He co-starred with Angie Dickinson in the 1971 film, Pretty Maids All in a Row. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Biography

Early life

Savalas, the second oldest of five children, was born as Aristotelis Savalas in Garden City, Long Island, New York to Greek American parents Christina Savalas, a New York City artist, and Nick Savalas, a Greek restaurant owner. When he entered Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York, he initially only spoke Greek, yet he learned English and graduated in 1940. After graduation from high school, he worked as a lifeguard, but on one occasion, was unsuccessful at rescuing a man from drowning; this would haunt Savalas for the remainder of his life. When he entered Columbia University School of General Studies, Savalas took a variety of courses such as English, radio and psychology. At that time, he fell in love with radio and television, which led to his interest in acting. He graduated in 1948. Savalas also gained life experience with a three-year stint (1943-1946) in the Army during WWII, working for the U.S. State Department hosting the "Your Voice of America" series and then at ABC News before beginning an acting career in his late 30s. Before he would get to any of that, starting at age 28, Savalas's next job was that of a popular radio talk show host called the coffeehouse in New York City. Garden City is the name of several places around the world. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... “NY” redirects here. ... A Greek-American is a citizen of the United States who has significant Greek heritage. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Sewanhaka High School is located in Floral Park, New York. ... Floral Park is a village located in Nassau County, New York. ... “NY” redirects here. ... The School of General Studies, commonly known as General Studies or simply GS, is Columbia Universitys undergraduate college for non-traditional students. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... Talk Show Host is a song written and performed by Radiohead. ... Coffeehouse in Damascus // A coffeehouse, coffee shop, or cafe (also spelled as café from the French, Spanish, and Portuguese or caffè from the Italian) shares some of the characteristics of a bar, and some of the characteristics of a restaurant. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Pre- and early television work

At first, Telly was an executive director and then senior director of the news special events at ABC, Savalas then became an executive producer for the "Gillette Cavalcade of Sports", where he gave Howard Cosell his first job. Savalas first acted on the TV show Armstrong Circle Theater (1959) and then on the series "The Witness" as Lucky Luciano, where actor Burt Lancaster "discovered" him. Savalas was cast opposite Lancaster's idealistic D.A. in the melodrama The Young Savages (1961). He moved on to play a string of heavies, winning acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the sadistic Feto Gomez in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). After portraying Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), he chose to remain completely bald and this signature look, somewhere between the comic and the ominous, stood him in good stead in the years that followed. Howard William Cosell, born Howard William Cohen (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist on American television. ... Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an Oscar-winning American film actor, noted for his athletic physique (a rare thing for leading men of that time), distinct smile (which he called The Grin) and, later, his willingness to play roles that went against his initial tough guy... Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. ... This article is about the film. ...


Savalas was memorable as a heavily religious and very sadistic convict in The Dirty Dozen (1967), the seminal ensemble action film by director Robert Aldrich, and reappeared as a different character in two TV movie reprisals. He also appeared as star in two classics, Kelly's Heroes (1970), and The Scalphunters (1968), a western that revealed the absurdity of racism during the Civil Rights movement. His career was transformed with the lead role in the celebrated TV-movie The Marcus Nelson Murders (CBS, 1973) where the pop culture icon of Theo Kojak was born. Savalas polished his hard-boiled image to a brilliant sheen over the long run of Kojak (CBS, 1973-1978). During those years, he co-bought racehorse Telly's Pop, worked with composer and producer John Cacavas on many albums, including "Telly" (1974) and "Who Loves Ya, Baby" (1976) and directed and wrote the film Beyond Reason (1977). After the very popular series ended, Savalas reprised the Kojak persona in several Kojak-based TV-movies, furthering his public canonization. One of Savalas' brothers, George Savalas (known professionally for a time simply as 'Demosthenes') played the character 'Stavros', a sensitive , wild-haired, quiet, comedic foil to Kojak's street-wise humor in an otherwise dark dramatic TV series. For the rap group, see D12. ... Kellys Heroes is an offbeat 1970 war film about a group of enterprising World War II American soldiers from the 35th Infantry Division. ... The Scalphunters is a 1968 film starring Burt Lancaster and Telly Savalas. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... Composer and conductor John Cacavas (born 13 August 1930 in Aberdeen, South Dakota) is probably best known for his television scores, notably Kojak, for which he was the chief composer. ... Beyond Reason was a television quiz show seen throughout Canada from 1977 to 1980. ... George Savalas George Demosthenes Savalas (December 5, 1926 - October 2, 1985) was a Greek-American actor. ...


Life before and after Kojak

Throughout his life, Savalas was a charismatic creative writer, director, and producer. He won the Emmy, the Peabody, and Golden Globe Awards. In 1990, the city of New York declared "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" as the official movie of New York City, and awarded Telly with the Key to the City. He was also a strong contributor to his Greek Orthodox roots through the Saint Sophia and Saint Nicholas cathedrals in Los Angeles, and was the sponsor of bringing electricity in the '70's to his ancestral home, Yeraka, Greece. His mother, Christina, was a world recognized contemporary of Picasso.


Savalas released several records, the most remembered were his version of "If", that was #1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975, and Don Williams' "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend", that topped the charts in 1980. Savales was a world-class poker player, held a degree in psychology; a motorcycle racer, and lifeguard. He appeared in over 80 movies. In his capacity as Producer for "Kojak", he gave many stars their first break, as Burt Lancaster did for him. He was considered by those who knew him a generous, graceful, compassionate man. Don Williams (born May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas), is a country singer and songwriter. ...


In the late 1970s Savalas narrated three travelogues titled Telly Savalas Looks at Portsmouth, Telly Savalas Looks at Aberdeen and Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham. These were produced by Harold Baim and were examples of quota quickies which were then a requirement that cinemas in the United Kingdom had to show a share of films produced in the United Kingdom alongside those produced by Hollywood.[1][2] Harold Baim film producer, director and writer. ... The Cinematograph Films Act of 1927 was an act of the United Kingdom Parliament designed to stimulate the declining British film industry. ... ...


In the 1980s and early 1990s, Savalas appeared in commercials for the Players' Club Gold Card. He also hosted the 1989 video, UFOs and Channeling.


Phil Hartman did a parody of Savalas' Players Club comercials, entitled "The Player With Yourself Club" on Saturday Night Live. The line from the parody was "If You're a player, you need to be where the action is, and when theres no action you have to create it yourself, thats why im telling you about the Player with yourself club." Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning actor, voice artist, comedian, graphic artist and writer. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


Character actor

Prior to being a successful movie star on the big screen, Savalas became one of the most charismatic and beloved character actors of all time during the late 1950s and the 1960s, where he made his very first guest-starring role on an episode of Armstrong Circle Theater, in fact, he appeared on the show, twice. He also made 54 more guest-appearances between 1959-1967 in most of these shows, Naked City, King of Diamonds, The Aquanauts, The Untouchables, Burke's Law, Combat!, The Fugitive, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The F.B.I., and the classic The Twilight Zone episode Living Doll among many others. He also had a recurring role as Brother Hendrickson on the popular crime drama series, 77 Sunset Strip, as his career already launched. A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... Naked City was a television series which aired from 1958 to 1963 on the ABC television network. ... Some typical Anglo-American playing cards. ... The Untouchables is the name of a television series that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the American Broadcasting Company. ... Burkes Law was a detective series which ran on ABC from 1963 to 1966, and then again on CBS from 1994 to 1995. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Fugitive is an American television series produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963-1967. ... The Bonanza logo was superimposed upon a map of a wild west frontier area. ... The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was an American television series that ran on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968, for 105 episodes (see 1964 in television and 1968 in television). ... The F.B.I. was a television series broadcast on ABC in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... Living Doll is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ... 1959 Soundtrack - (L to R): Roger Smith, Kookie Byrnes, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. ...


Kojak

Undoubtedly Savalas' most famous role was that of the tough detective Kojak on television. Lt. Theo Kojak was a bald New York City detective who had a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was, "Who loves ya, baby?" Reportedly the lollipop gimmick was added in lieu of having the character smoke. Savalas himself was quitting smoking and the lollipops may have been his own trick for defeating his habit[citation needed]. Kojak was also the first show ever to feature a bald officer whose actor was also bald, in reality, as this police drama was the answer to seven successful 1970s cop series: Ironside, Hawaii Five-O, McMillan and Wife, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Woman, The Rockford Files and Switch. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, two years in a row, and won the Emmy in 1974. He was also nominated for Golden Globes, four times in a year, and won between 1975 and 1976. In 1974, prior to starring on Kojak, he also became a singer, proving that he sang just like Frank Sinatra, his old pals (Don Rickles and Angie Dickinson) would even watch him sing the songs that Sinatra did. In 1978, after a 5 season run on the air, and 111 episodes, CBS had decided to cancel the show due to low ratings and Savalas wasn't very happy about the show's demise. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A girl with a lollipop A child looking at his lollipop A lollipop, pop, lolly, sucker, or dum-dum is a type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavoured sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick and intended for sucking or licking. ... Baldness (formally alopecia) is the state of lacking hair where it usually would grow, especially on the head. ... Baldness (formally alopecia) is the state of lacking hair where it usually would grow, especially on the head. ... The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which tries to demonstrate accurately the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... Ironside (originally broadcast under the name A Man Called Ironside in the United Kingdom) was a Universal television series which ran on NBC from March 28, 1967 to January 16, 1975. ... Hawaii Five-O is an American television series that starred Jack Lord and James MacArthur as detectives for a fictional Hawaii state police department. ... McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American crime drama television series that aired on NBC from September 17th, 1971 to April 24th, 1977. ... The Streets of San Francisco was a successful 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in association with Warner Bros. ... For the band, see The Police. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Switch was an American action-adventure television series that was broadcast on the CBS network for three seasons between 1975 and 1978. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian and actor. ... Angie Dickinson (born September 30, 1931) is a famous American television and film actress who is probably best-known for her Golden Globe-winning role as sultry Sgt. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ...


Telly portrayed Kojak in the following shows;

  • The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) (TV) The pilot for the Kojak TV series.
  • Kojak (1973–78) TV Series
  • Kojak: The Belarus File (1985) (TV)
  • Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987) (TV)
  • Kojak: Ariana (1989) (TV)
  • Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989) (TV)
  • Kojak: None So Blind (1990) (TV)
  • Kojak: It's Always Something (1990) (TV)
  • Kojak: Flowers for Matty (1990) (TV)

Telly's brother George played the regular role of Detective Stavros. And also starring on Kojak, was an unfamiliar actor, former train conductor, bartender and waiter from the Queens suburb of Jackson Heights, Kevin Dobson, who played the role of Kojak's trusted and closest young partner, Det. Bobby Crocker. The on-screen chemistry of both Savalas & Dobson would become an instant success of the 1970s, and they remained good friends even after the show's cancellation. For most of the 16 years after Kojak, Dobson kept in touch with Savalas and maintained a close, personal friendship until Savalas's death. In addition, Christina's death in 1989, drew Savalas & Dobson real closer, as Dobson received word all about his co-star's mother's death, while being hard at work on a TV series, working alongside Savalas' stepdaughter. Dobson said of his old colleague prior to introducing himself to the screen icon was, "The moment I met Telly Savalas, we shook hands and our eyes met and locked and the chemistry was there. It was just there and it proved, once we got him filmed." On filming Savalas' lollipops, Kevin also said, "The lollipops scene took place in the fifth show, when we're in the office and we're about to do the scene, he said, 'I need something, you know?' And here's a guy standing over there with the Tootsie Pop sticking out of his shirt. Give me a Tootsie Pop, huh? Telly, they flipped it to him, doing it like this, unwrapped it, stuck it to him and his head, his mouth and became a lollipop cop." Prior to the show's cancelation, Dobson said, "I just couldn't understand why? It was like, oh, it's time now for me." In addition, Dobson also went on to gain greater fame in the popular prime-time 1980s soap opera, Knots Landing. As a result of Dobson, working on another successful series, he did not appear in the majority of the Kojak TV movies. The only time that both Savalas & Dobson would later be reunited for one last time on-screen, was when they both appeared in the 1990 movie Kojak: It's Always Something, where Kevin's character was a lawyer (similar to the role he played on Knots Landing), instead of a police officer. Look up George in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the New York City borough. ... Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in northern Queens, New York. ... Kevin Dobson is US actor, born March 18, 1943, in Queens, New York. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... Mr. ... Mr. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Knots Landing was a primetime television soap opera that aired for 14 seasons, from December 27th, 1979 to May 13th, 1993 on CBS. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California, the show initially centered around the lives of four married couples residing in a cul-de... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Knots Landing was a primetime television soap opera that aired for 14 seasons, from December 27th, 1979 to May 13th, 1993 on CBS. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California, the show initially centered around the lives of four married couples residing in a cul-de...


Personal life

The Savalas brothers (l-r): Teddy, Telly, Gus & George
The Savalas brothers (l-r): Teddy, Telly, Gus & George

Savalas was married three times. In 1948 right after his father's death from bladder cancer, Savalas married his college sweetheart, Katherine Nicolaides. They had a daughter, Christina (named after his mother), (born 1950). In 1957, after Katherine filed for divorce after she found out from Telly that he was running away to flee from creditors. She also urged him to move back to his parents' house during that same year. While Savalas was going broke, he founded the Garden City Theater Center in his native Garden City, New York, area. While Savalas was working with future actors, Marilyn Gardner, a theater teacher, met and fell in love with him. They married in 1960. The following year, Marilyn gave birth to a daughter, Penelope (born 1961). A second daughter, Candace, was born in 1963. Image File history File links Savalas_Brothers_1980. ... Image File history File links Savalas_Brothers_1980. ... Bladder cancer refers to any of several types of malignant growths of the urinary bladder. ... Garden City, New York is a village in central Nassau County, New York in the USA, which was founded by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart in 1869. ... “NY” redirects here. ...


In 1969, while working on the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Savalas met (Sally Adams). Several years later, Sally gave birth to their child Nicholas Savalas (born February 24, 1973). Gardner filed for divorce from Savalas in 1974. His stepdaughter, (Adams' daughter, Nicollette Sheridan of Knots Landing and Desperate Housewives fame, born November 21, 1963) is an actress, as is his goddaughter, (Jennifer Aniston of Friends fame, born February 11, 1969). This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Telly Savalas (January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) was an Emmy Award-winning American film and television actor whose career spanned four decades. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963) is a Golden Globe nominated British actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... Knots Landing was a primetime television soap opera that aired for 14 seasons, from December 27th, 1979 to May 13th, 1993 on CBS. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California, the show initially centered around the lives of four married couples residing in a cul-de... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios — The Walt Disney Companys main television studio — and Cherry Productions. ... is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the hugely popular television sitcom Friends. ... For the use of the word in a general sense, see Friendship. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


In 1977 during his last season of Kojak, he met and fell in love with Julie Hovland, a travel agent from Minnesota. They were married in 1984 and had two children together, Christian and Ariana. Julie and Telly were married until his death on January 22, 1994. Christian Savalas legally changed his name to Christo Savalas in 2002. Christo Savalas is a singer and songwriter. Ariana Savalas is an actress and singer. Julie Savalas is an inventor and artist. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Julie Savalas was born on July 7, 1957 in Duluth, Minnesota. ...


Savalas was the best friend of fellow Greek-American actor, John Aniston, and he served as god father to his daughter, Friends actress, Jennifer Aniston. A Greek American is a citizen of the United States of Greek heritage or descent. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A godparent, in many denominations of Christianity, is someone who sponsors a childs baptism. ... For the use of the word in a general sense, see Friendship. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning American film and television actress, best known for her role as Rachel Green in the hugely popular television sitcom Friends. ...


Hobbies

Telly had a lot of hobbies, those consisting of: golfing, swimming, spending time with his family, reading romantic books, watching football, traveling, horse racing and gambling. He even had the knack of collecting luxury cars, as those were his favorite. In fact, in several episodes of Kojak, he even had the distinct pleasure of driving them.


Deaths of relatives and his own last days

After Savalas came back to reprise his role on Kojak in the 1980s, he started losing close relatives. George Savalas, his brother who played Detective Stavros on the original Kojak series, died in 1985 of leukemia; he was 60. And 4 years later, Christina, his mother who had always been his best friend, a supporter, and a devoted parent, died in 1989. Later that year, Savalas was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He refused to see a doctor until 1993, when he didn't have much time to live. While fighting for his life, he continued to star in many roles, including a recurring role on The Commish. Savalas died on January 22, 1994, one day after his 72nd birthday. He died of complications of prostate cancer at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. He was interred at the George Washington section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. Julie's and Telly's family were joined by the many mourners at a funeral in a Greek Orthodox Church, including those of, Angie Dickinson, Nicolette Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston, Sally Adams, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, and several other Telly's Kojak co-stars, Kevin Dobson, Dan Frazer & Vince Conti. His first two wives, Katharine and Marilyn, arrived with their own children, as did his third wife, Julie. Brother Gus attended the funeral, but longtime friend Burt Lancaster didn't attend the funeral because of his own failing health. He died just 9 months after Savalas' death. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... George Savalas George Demosthenes Savalas (December 5, 1926 - October 2, 1985) was a Greek-American actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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Movie roles

His silver screen career usually involved him being cast as the villain in such films as: Image File history File links 007 Fictional character Ernst Stavro Blofeld (portrayed by Telly Savalas) with James Bond On Her Majestys Secret Service - Image from www. ... Image File history File links 007 Fictional character Ernst Stavro Blofeld (portrayed by Telly Savalas) with James Bond On Her Majestys Secret Service - Image from www. ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character from the James Bond universe. ... George Robert Lazenby (born September 5, 1939) is an Australian actor best known for portraying James Bond only once in the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

Other movie roles where Savalas didn't play the villain were: The Young Savages was a 1961 crime drama film directed by John Frankenheimer, and screen written by Edward Anhalt. ... Vincent Mad Dog Coll (July 20, 1908—February 7, 1932) was an Irish enforcer for the mafia in early 20th-century New York City. ... Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. ... The Man from the Diners Club is a 1963 comedy film made by Ampersand and Dena Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. ... This article is about the film. ... For other uses, see Genghis Khan (disambiguation). ... Beau Geste is one of the most re-made stories of all time, with three movie versions released in 1926, 1939, and 1966, as well as a television mini-series in 1982 and a 1977 parody, the aptly named The Last Remake of Beau Geste starring Marty Feldman and Michael... For the rap group, see D12. ... The Scalphunters is a 1968 film starring Burt Lancaster and Telly Savalas. ... The Assassination Bureau is a tongue-in-cheek film made in 1969 based on an unfinished book, by Jack London. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For the Filipino boxer, see Francisco Guilledo. ... Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano, is a 1973 horror film starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas. ... This article is about a stereotypical description. ... Inside Out was a metalcore band from Orange County, California, most notable for being the first band fronted by Zack de la Rocha, later of Rage Against the Machine. ... Escape to Athena is an adventure war film (with the elements of comedy) made in 1979, directed by George Pan Cosmatos. ... 1979 Sequel to The Poseidon Adventure that follows a salvage crew and a band of terrorists that board the Poseidon looking for gold and a lost shipment of plutonium. ... See also Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash Cannonball Run II is a film that was released in 1984. ...

Awards
Preceded by
Richard Thomas
for The Waltons
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series
1974
for Kojak
Succeeded by
Robert Blake
for Baretta
Preceded by
James Stewart
for Hawkins
Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor in a Drama Series
1975
for Kojak
Succeeded by
Robert Blake
for Baretta, Telly Savalas
for Kojak
Preceded by
Telly Savalas
for Kojak
Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor in a Drama Series
1976
for Kojak
with Robert Blake
for Baretta
Succeeded by
Richard Jordan
for The Captains and The Kings
Preceded by
Donald Pleasence
Official James Bond villain actor
1969
Succeeded by
Charles Gray

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References

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External links

  • Savalas.TV - Who loves ya, baby?
  • TellySavalas.com
  • Telly's Players' Club Gold Card commercial - Via YouTube
  • Telly Savalas at the Internet Movie Database
  • Telly Savalas at TV.com

  Results from FactBites:
 
Telly Savalas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1767 words)
Telly Savalas gained life experience with a three-year stint in the Army during WWII, working for the U.S. State Department hosting the "Your Voice of America" series and then at ABC News before beginning an acting career in his late 30s.
Savalas was cast opposite Lancaster's idealistic D.A. in the melodrama The Young Savages (1961).
Savalas was memorable in The Dirty Dozen (1967), the seminal ensemble action film by director Robert Aldrich, and reappeared as a different character in two TV movie reprisals.
Telly Monster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (236 words)
Telly Monster, known usually as just Telly, is an eternally worrying maroon monster Muppet on Sesame Street.
Although some people believed Telly was named for film and television star Telly Savalas, this is untrue; his name is derived from the British slang term for a television, "telly".
Telly is a triangle lover, and he has a pet hamster Chuckie Sue.
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