Born in Platanias, Crete, he studied sociology in the University of Rome, as well as Cinema, Theater and Radio techniques. He started off as a director for short-films and documentaries and moved on directing theatrical acts for the radio as well as for the stage. In 1975 he started working as a sports journalist, covering all major sports events (Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship etc.) up until his election to the European Parliament in 2004.
He is married to actress Rena Venieri and has a son, Michael Mavrommatis.