Remembering Telly Savalas, born January 21, 1924 and passed away January 22, 1994.
Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas was an American actor and singer whose career spanned four decades of television, noted for his resonant voice and his bald head. He also released the one-hit wonder song, “If?”.
Savalas’s career began in films in 1961. His movie credits include The Young Savages (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Battle of the Bulge (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Scalphunters (1968), supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), Lisa and the Devil (1973), Inside Out (1975), and Escape to Athena (1979).
He played Erich Streator in The Twilight Zone episode “Living Doll” (1963).
He then starred as television’s Kojak (1973–78), co-starring his brother George Savalas. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).
Savalas died on January 22, 1994, just one day after his 70th birthday, of complications of cancer of the bladder and prostate.
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