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Telly Savalas (1922–1994)

Son of Greek immigrants. Soldier during World War II. Studied psychology. Worked as journalist for ABC News. The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types. He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie Kojak: The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) was expanded into the gritty ... See full bio »

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 1995 Backfire!
Most Evil Man
 1994 Mind Twister
Richard Howland
 1991 Rose Against the Odds (TV Movie)
George Parnassus
 1989 Kojak: Ariana (TV Movie)
 1989 Kojak: Fatal Flaw (TV Movie)
Theo Kojak
 1989 The Hollywood Detective (TV Movie)
Harry Bell
 1987 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
The Greek
- Gold from the Rainbow (1987) ... The Greek
 1987 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Brother Joseph Heiden
- Blood & Wine: Part 2 (1987) ... Brother Joseph Heiden
- Blood & Wine: Part 1 (1987) ... Brother Joseph Heiden
 1987 Faceless
Terry Hallen
 1986 GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords
Magmar (voice)
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Assignment (1985)
 1984 The Cartier Affair (TV Movie)
Phil Drexler
 1983 Afghanistan pourquoi?
Rebel Leader
 1982 Fake-Out
Lt. Thurston
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
- My Palikari (1982)
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Joe Brisson
- Completely Foolproof (1981) ... Joe Brisson
 1981 Hellinger's Law (TV Movie)
Nick Hellinger
 1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (TV Movie)
 1980 Border Cop
Frank Cooper
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Father Craig Dunleavy
 1979 Alice (TV Series)
Telly Savalas
- Has Anyone Here Seen Telly? (1979) ... Telly Savalas
 1977 Beyond Reason
Dr. Nicholas Mati
 1975 Inside Out
Harry Morgan
 1975 Am laufenden Band (TV Series)
Singer / Kojak
- Episode #1.9 (1975) ... Singer / Kojak
 1973 She Cried Murder (TV Movie)
Inspector Joe Brody
 1972 A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die
Maggiore Ward
 1972 Visions... (TV Movie)
Lt. Phil Keegan
 1972 L'assassino... è al telefono
Ranko Drasovic
 1972 Sonny and Jed
Sheriff Franciscus
 1972 Crime Boss
Don Vincenzo
 1971 Mongo's Back in Town (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Pete Tolstad
 1971 A Town Called Hell
Don Carlos
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Gregor Antonescu
- Man and Boy (1971) ... Gregor Antonescu
 1971 Pretty Maids All in a Row
Captain Sam Surcher
 1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Stagecoach Hijack (1970) ... Tex
 1970 The Family
Al Weber
 1969 Land Raiders
Vicente Cardenas
 1969 Sophie's Place
Herbie Haseler
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
Sergeant Tibbs
 1969 The Assassination Bureau
Lord Bostwick
 1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
Walter Braddock
 1968 The Scalphunters
Jim Howie
 1968 Sol Madrid
Emil Dietrich
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
- The Battleground (1967) ... Bear
 1967 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
- The Big Con (1967) ... Wheeler
 1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
- Don't Wait for Tomorrow (1967) ... Mueller
 1964-1967 Combat! (TV Series)
Jon / Colonel Kapsalis
- Anniversary (1967) ... Jon
- Vendetta (1964) ... Colonel Kapsalis
 1964-1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Steve Keller / Victor Leonetti / Dan Polichek
- Stroke of Genius (1966) ... Steve Keller
- May God Have Mercy (1965) ... Victor Leonetti
- Where the Action Is (1964) ... Dan Polichek
 1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
'Colonel' Bliss
- Men with Guns (1966) ... 'Colonel' Bliss
 1965 The Slender Thread
Dr. Joe Coburn
 1965 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Istvan Zabor
- How to Sell Your Soul for Fun and Profit (1965) ... Istvan Zabor
 1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Charles Augustus Hackett
- To Own the World (1965) ... Charles Augustus Hackett
 1965 Genghis Khan
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Macmuid (Harem Recruiter) (uncredited)
 1963-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Balakirov aka Richard Goldtooth / Charlie Prince / Fakir George O'Shea
- Who Killed the Man on the White Horse? (1965) ... Balakirov aka Richard Goldtooth
- Who Killed His Royal Highness? (1964) ... Charlie Prince
- Who Killed Purity Mather? (1963) ... Fakir George O'Shea
 1964 Fanfare for a Death Scene (TV Movie)
 1964 The Rogues (TV Series)
General Hector Jesus Diaz
- Viva Diaz! (1964) ... General Hector Jesus Diaz
 1964 The New Interns
Dr. Dominick 'Dom' Riccio
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Ramon Castillo / Raymond Castle / Beret
- The Watchman (1964) ... Ramon Castillo / Raymond Castle
- The Action of the Tiger (1964) ... Beret
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Vincenzo Gracchi
- My Hands Are Clean (1964) ... Vincenzo Gracchi
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Philadelphia Harry
- A Matter of Murder (1964) ... Philadelphia Harry
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Frank Santo
- The Revenge of the Worm (1964) ... Frank Santo
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Paul Atherton
- A Claim to Immortality (1964) ... Paul Atherton
 1963 Johnny Cool
Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo
 1963 Grindl (TV Series)
Mr. Hartman
- The Gruesome Basement (1963) ... Mr. Hartman
 1963 Love Is a Ball
Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
 1963 The Man from the Diners' Club
Foots Pulardos
 1963 Empire (TV Series)
- Arrow in the Sky (1963) ... Tibor
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Jake Volet
- Reformation at Big Nose Butte (1963) ... Jake Volet
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Ben Cohen
- A Tumble from a High White House (1963) ... Ben Cohen
 1961-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Leo Stazak / Matt Bass / Wally Baltzer
- The Speculator (1963) ... Leo Stazak
- The Matt Bass Scheme (1961) ... Matt Bass
- The Antidote (1961) ... Wally Baltzer
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Mario Lombardi
- The Hands of Danofrio (1962) ... Mario Lombardi
 1962 The Interns
Dr. Dominic Riccio
 1961-1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Harry Rennick / Frank Meehan
- Savage in Darkness (1962) ... Harry Rennick
- In the Balance (1961) ... Frank Meehan (as Telly Savales)
 1961 The Sin of Jesus (Short)
Felix (as Telli Savales)
 1961 Ben Casey (TV Series)
George Dempsey
- A Dark Night for Billy Harris (1961) ... George Dempsey
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Ben Willis
- Escort (1961) ... Ben Willis
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Sergeant Marius
- Three Soldiers (1961) ... Sergeant Marius
 1961 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Massis / Jerry Larch
- Stop Johnny King! (1961) ... Massis
- The Wizard of Ice (1961) ... Jerry Larch
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Dr. Buel Reed
- The Compulsion to Confess (1961) ... Dr. Buel Reed
 1961 The Young Savages
Detective Lt. Gunderson
 1961 Mad Dog Coll
Lt. Darro
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Paul Price
- Stormy Weather (1961) ... Paul Price
 1960 Naked City (TV Series)
Gabe Hody
- To Walk in Silence (1960) ... Gabe Hody
 1959-1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Dieter Wisliceny / Father Dominique Georges Henn Pire / Charles Rogan
- Engineer of Death: The Eichmann Story (1960) ... Dieter Wisliceny
- 35 Rue Du Marche (1959) ... Father Dominique Georges Henn Pire
- Sound of Violence (1959) ... Charles Rogan
- House of Cards (1959)
 1960 Diagnosis: Unknown (TV Series)
Irish Tony Salivarro
- Gina, Gina (1960) ... Irish Tony Salivarro
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
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Other Works:

1981: TV commercials for Grumann Corp. to convince public their buses were not defective. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Telly Aristoteles Savalas | Telli Savales | Telly Savales


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

[Of his mother, Christina Savalas]: Mama says to me, 'Being an actor is fine, but what are you going to do for a living?' I took my mother to the premiere of The Dirty Dozen and she said, 'It's disgraceful!' I asked her how she liked my role and she said, 'You were ridiculous!' See more »


Did the narration on several tourist information films on British Cities during the 1970s. Apparently he recorded them all during one visit to the UK to promote his Kojak show. See more »


Bald head. See more »


Golden Greek

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