Paul Stassino

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Phaedros Stassinos (1930 – 28 June 2012) was a Greek-Cypriot actor whose international stage name was Paul Stassino.

He was born in Cyprus, at Platres and grew up in Limassol, but spent most of his acting career in Britain. He moved to the UK at the age of 18 to study at the Law School. Because of his great passion to be an actor, without telling his family, he got a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Drama. Very soon he became very famous in the UK and he appeared in many British films, in British TV dramas such as Danger Man and The Saint. He appeared in Coronation Street in 1968, as Hungarian demolition contractor Miklos Zadic who had a brief relationship with Emily Nugent (played by Eileen Derbyshire).

Possibly his best known performance was when he played two parts, Major François Derval and Angelo Palazzi, in the James Bond film Thunderball (see List of James Bond henchmen in Thunderball).[1]

Other roles include "Le Pirate" in That Riviera Touch, and the first officer of the Colombian ship Paloma in Tiger Bay.

In 1972 he moved to Athens, where he worked as a director in the casino in Athens and then because of his great love for his island he moved to his birthplace in Cyprus where he worked in the Public Theatre in Nicosia as an actor and as a director, where after he retired he moved to his beloved Limassol. He died on 28 June 2012 in Limassol and was buried in the cemetery of Limassol Sfalagiotisa.[citation needed]

He was married 2 times and had three children Julian Stassino, Alex Stassino and Elvi Stassinou.

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