West Side Story Cast (1961)

Bios from the Cast of West Side Story!!!

October 18, 1961

152 min
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1.
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
July 20, 1938 "Cancer/Tiger" in San Francisco, California - November 29, 1981 (age 43) in Santa Catalina Island, California (drowning and other undetermined factors) ~ 5'0"

Maria = Chino's girl/Tony's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
2.
Richard Beymer
Born in Avoca, Iowa and moved with his parents to Hollywood, California in the late 1940s, Richard Beymer acted in various films while attending North Hollywood High School. He enjoys making his own films and has a film used in a PBS series on the civil rights movement.
“ George Richard Beymer Jr.
February 21, 1939 "Pisces/Rabbit" in Avoca, Iowa ~ 6'2"

Tony = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
3.
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ Rosita Dolores Alverio
December 11, 1931 "Sagittarius/Goat" in Humacao, Puerto Rico ~ 5'2½"

Anita = Bernardo's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
4.
Russ Tamblyn
Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet "till his last dying day." Indelibly linked to the "womb to tomb" role of Riff, the knife-wielding, rocket-tempered, Edward Villella-styled gang leader of the streetwise Jets in the musical film masterpiece West Side Story, it's not a bad way to be remembered...
“ Russell Irving Tamblyn
December 30, 1934 "Capricorn/Dog" in Los Angeles, California ~ 5'9"

Riff = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
5.
George Chakiris
George Chakiris made his film debut at the age of 12 singing in the chorus of Song of Love. Following his graduation from high school, he supported his night-time dancing, singing and dramatic lessons with a daytime job clerking in a Los Angeles department store. Later he started his acting/dancing...
“ September 16, 1934 "Virgo/Dog" in Norwood, Ohio ~ 5'11"

Bernardo = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
6.
Simon Oakland
Actor, Psycho
One of the movies' most memorable tough guys, Simon Oakland actually began his career as a concert violinist, turning to acting in the late 1940s. After a long string of roles in Broadway hits, including "Light Up the Sky," "The Shrike" and "Inherit the Wind," Oakland made his film debut as the tough...
“ August 28, 1915 "Virgo/Rabbit" in New York City - August 29, 1983 (age 68) in Cathedral City, California (cancer) ~ 6'0"

Lt. Schrank ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
7.
Ned Glass
Veteran Polish-born character actor Ned Glass grew up in New York, and, after vaudeville experience, started acting in small parts on Broadway from the early 1930's. He gained further experience in the capacity of theatrical production supervisor, before entering motion pictures in 1937 as an MGM contract player...
“ April 1, 1906 "Aries/Horse" in Poland - June 15, 1984 (age 78) in Encino, California

Doc ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
8.
“ April 18, 1928 "Aries/Dragon" in Runnemede, New Jersey - October 27, 1985 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California ~ 6'2½"

Officer Krupke ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
9.
“ Thomas William Smith
April 24, 1936 "Taurus/Rat" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - December 22, 1988 (age 52) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (throat cancer) ~ 6'1"

Ice = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
10.
Tony Mordente
Director, Rhoda
“ Anthony C. Mordente
December 3, 1935 "Sagittarius/Pig" in New York City ~ 5'5"

Action = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
11.
David Winters
As a child and teenager, David Winters acted in many television shows and Broadway productions, including the initial line-up of the stage production of the musical "West Side Story", playing the role of Baby John. In 1961, he appeared as A-Rab in the movie version of West Side Story, recreating the "Cool" dance sequence...
“ David Weizer
April 5, 1939 "Aries/Rabbit" in London, England

A-rab = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
12.
Eliot Feld
Eliot Feld was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied dance at the School of American Ballet, New Dance Group, High School of Performing Arts, and with Richard Thomas. At age eleven he danced with the New York City Ballet as the "Child Prince" in Balanchine's original production of The Nutcracker as well as with the companies of Donald McKayle...
“ July 5, 1942 "Cancer/Horse" in Brooklyn, New York

Baby John = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
13.
“ January 4, 1934 "Capricorn/Dog" in San Diego, California - April 8, 1990 (age 56) in Westwood, California (AIDS)

Chino = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
14.
“ December 22, 1943 "Capricorn/Goat" in New York City

Snowboy = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
15.
“ Tiger = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
16.
“ September 22, 1933 "Virgo/Rooster" in New York City

Joyboy = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
17.
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague
Scooter attended Jacksboro High School from 1953 to 1955. He always wanted to be in entertainment. He got the role Big Deal in West Side Story and has been in several other films as well including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and received a role in the Elvis Presley film The Trouble with Girls and did several stage productions as well...
“ Edwin Ardell Teague
January 4, 1940 "Capricorn/Dragon" in Jacksboro, Texas - June 2, 1989 (age 49) in Ashland, Oregon (cancer) ~ 6'2"

Big Deal = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
18.
“ Harvey Hohnecker
January 7, 1941 "Capricorn/Snake" in Cincinnati, Ohio

Mouthpiece = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
19.
Tommy Abbott
Miscellaneous Crew, West Side Story
“ November 4, 1934 "Scorpio/Dog" in Waco, Texas - April 8, 1987 (age 52) in New York City

Gee-Tar = Jets ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
20.
“ Pepe = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
21.
Gus Trikonis
Director, Baywatch
Gus Trikonis was a very efficient and underrated director of delightfully down'n'dirty '70s drive-in low-budget exploitation fare. Born on November 21, 1937, in New York City, Trikonis began his show business career as both an actor and a dancer in Broadway plays and movies. His most popular film role was as Indio in the magnificent musical classic West Side Story...
“ November 21, 1937 "Scorpio/Ox" in New York City

Indio = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
22.
“ Juano = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
23.
Jaime Rogers
Miscellaneous Crew, Fame
“ Loco = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
24.
“ March 29, 1938 "Aries/Tiger" in New York City

Rocco = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
25.
“ November 3, 1924 "Scorpio/Rat" in Los Angeles, California - February 11, 2004 (age 79) in Santa Monica, California (pneumonia)

Luis = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
26.
“ Nick Covacevich

Toro = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
27.
“ Rodolfo Martin Del Campo
April 21, 1927 "Taurus/Rabbit" - August 28, 2003 (age 76) in Los Angeles, California

Del Campo = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
28.
“ Died: November 5, 2003

Chile = Sharks ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
29.
John Astin
Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family, John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and studied mathematics...
“ John Allen Astin
March 30, 1930 "Aries/Horse" in Baltimore, Maryland ~ 5'11"

Glad Hand ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
30.
“ May 31, 1944 "Gemini/Monkey"

Anybodys ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
31.
Gina Trikonis
Costume and Wardrobe Department, Family Matters
“ January 2, 1939 "Capricorn/Rabbit" in New York City

Graziella = Riff's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
32.
“ Velma = Ice's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
33.
“ Yvonne Othon
September 21, 1937 "Virgo/Ox"

Consuela = Pepe's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
34.
“ Susan Helene Klein
September 2, 1941 "Virgo/Snake" in New York City - 2008 (age 66)

Rosalia = Indio's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
35.
“ Francisca = Rocco's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
36.
Maria Henley
Miscellaneous Crew, Saved by the Bell
“ Teresita = Juano's girl ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
37.
Jerome Robbins
Miscellaneous Crew, West Side Story
“ Jerome Rabinowitz
October 11, 1918 "Libra/Horse" in New York City - July 29, 1998 (age 79) in New York City (stroke)

Director, Choreographer, Writer ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
38.
Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
“ Robert Earl Wise
September 10, 1914 "Virgo/Tiger" in Winchester, Indiana - September 14, 2005 (age 91) in Los Angeles, California (heart failure) ~ 5'10"

Director ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
39.
Ernest Lehman
One of the most critically and commercially successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Lehman grew up on Long Island, graduated from NY's City College. One of his first jobs was as a copywriter for a Broadway publicist. This experience would later be reflected in his novel and screenplay, "Sweet Smell of Success." He also worked as a radio comedy writer...
“ Ernest Paul Lehman
December 8, 1915 "Sagittarius/Rabbit" in New York City - July 2, 2005 (age 89) in Los Angeles, California (heart attack following pneumonia)

Writer = Screenplay ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
40.
“ Arthur Levine
July 14, 1918 "Cancer/Horse" in Brooklyn, New York - May 5, 2011 (age 92) in New York City (complications of pneumonia)

Writer = Book ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
41.
Stephen Sondheim
Sondheim's work as a composer-lyricist over the past four decades has set the standard for modern American musical theater. He has won a record seven Tony Awards for his songwriting, and received a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park with George. Sondheim was an unpaid and uncredited clapper boy on Beat the Devil...
“ Stephen Joshua Sondheim
March 22, 1930 "Aries/Horse" in New York City

Lyricist ” - TheDeadGodfather
 
42.
Leonard Bernstein
Soundtrack, Moonrise Kingdom
Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, Heinrich Gebhard and Isabelle Vengerova...
“ Louis Bernstein
August 25, 1918 "Virgo/Horse" in Lawrence, Massachusetts - October 14, 1990 (age 72) in New York City (heart attack)

Composer ” - TheDeadGodfather