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Kojak (TV Series 1973–1978) Poster

(1973–1978)

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The series was translated to Hungarian in the 1970s. The actor who gave his voice to Kojak, László Inke, resembled Telly Savalas so much that a movie was shot in which he actually played Kojak (Kojak Budapesten (1980)). While the original series is in color, the Hungarian film is black and white. Also, according to the film's plot, Kojak was born in Hungary, and had been a very clumsy cop before emigrating.
Although it is stated numerous times that Theo Kojak is of Greek heritage, the name "Kojak" is actually of Polish origin. Kojak's heritage was changed to Greek in order to match Telly Savalas's Greek heritage.
Originally, Abby Mann casted Marlon Brando for the lead role, but Telly Savalas took it anyway.
Telly Savalas is seen throughout the series both sucking on his lollipop and smoking. The lollipop was used to cut back on smoking. His character Kojak even admitted once that he smoked too much and sucked on lollipops every day except on Sundays.
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Lt. Kojak's rhetorical question "Who loves ya, baby?" was ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue). The line is also prominently featured on the slipcase of the season-1 DVD set.
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Kevin Dobson was offered the role of Det. Bobby Crocker, who auditioned for the role, three times, on the last one, he finally won the role.
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Telly Savalas' real-life brother George Savalas had a supporting role as Detective Stavros.
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During its five season run, Telly Savalas was the only actor to have appeared and/or acted in every episode of the series.
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Telly Savalas was 51 years old when the show started.
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Before Kevin Dobson would work with Joan Van Ark on Knots Landing (1979), he met her on an episode of the show.
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