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|Born||December 5, 1924
New York City
|Died||October 2, 1985 (aged 60)
Born in New York City to immigrants from Greece, he served in the Pacific War as a United States Navy gunner. After studying drama at Columbia University, Savalas embarked on a successful career as a stage actor and acting instructor. He later appeared in several films, most notably Kelly's Heroes.
He is best known for his role as Sergeant Stavros on the TV series Kojak. He was often credited as "Demosthenes" or "George Demosthenes" to avoid confusion with his better-known older brother, Telly Savalas. In his later years, George recorded a popular Greek-language record and toured with his band, appearing at such venues as Carnegie Hall. He returned to the stage, appearing in a number of off-Broadway productions before illness forced him to retire. In the 1970s, he did adverts in the United Kingdom for Wimpy Bar chain.
He was the father of six children: Nicholas George, Leonidas George, Constantine George, Gregory George, Matthew George and Militza. His wife's name was Robin. His interests included golf, coin and clock collecting, radio-controlled model airplanes and cooking.
He died of leukemia, aged 60.