Sotiris Moustakas

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Sotiris Moustakas
Sotiris Moustakas.jpg
Moustakas in the movie Enas nomotagis politis (1974).
Born Sotiris Moustakas
(1940-09-17)September 17, 1940
Limassol, Cyprus
Died June 4, 2007(2007-06-04) (aged 66)
Athens, Greece
Years active 1964-2007
Spouse(s) Maria Bonellou (?-2007) (his death) (1 child)

Sotiris Moustakas (Greek: Σωτήρης Μουστάκας) (17 September 1940 – 4 June 2007) was a Greek/Cypriot comedy actor.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Limassol, Cyprus.

Career[edit]

One of the most significant comic actors of Greece and Cyprus, Moustakas graduated from the National Theater of Greece and was known for his portrayal of offbeat, neurotic yet likable characters. In many of his movies he portrayed multiple roles. He appeared primarily in modern films and plays, although he also performed several roles in classical works.

Moustakas' international film debut came in 1964 in the Oscar-winning Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn, in which he played Mimithos, the village idiot.

Although his recent work was mainly in the theatre, he also had a role in the 2007 film El Greco.

Political activities[edit]

Although not widely advertised, Moustakas in his youth was involved in the Greek Cypriot national liberation struggle of EOKA against British colonialism, acting as a messenger, and writing political graffiti. During that period, he was arrested by the British and spent 7 months in jail.[1]

Death[edit]

Moustakas felt unwell during rehearsals for an upcoming Aristophanes play, and was transferred to the General State Hospital of Athens. He was taken to the intensive care unit, where he died in the early morning hours of 4 June 2007. At his funeral, his coffin was draped with a Greek flag.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to the Greek actress Maria Bonellou, with whom he had a daughter.

Filmography[edit]

  • "Haidemena paidia, Ta" (2001) TV Series
  • Ti vraki tha paradossis mori? (2001) (TV)
  • Petsi kai kokali (2000) (TV)
  • "Aparadektoi, Oi" (1 episode) - Epitheorisi (????) TV Episode
  • Alepous, O (1990) (V) .... Alepous
  • Kapetan Fortounas (1989) (V)
  • Mia treli treli nychta (1989) (V) .... Sokratis Leonardos
  • Jogadoros, O (1989) (V)
  • Peinasmenos kai jenleman (1989) (V)
  • Diariktis me to zori (1988) (V) .... Michalis Papadimitrakopoulos
  • Andrea prohora (1988) (V)
  • Enas trelos tha mas sossei (1988) (V)
  • Varis glykos kai meraklis (1988) (V)
  • Erastis gia 11 nihtes (1988) (V)
  • Tolmi kai afassia (1988) (V)
  • Mhn to paizeis ypourge! (1988) (V)
  • Pantremenos me pethera (1987) (V) .... Pantelis
  • Kourio o Periklis (1987) (V)
  • Tsitsiolinos, O (1987)
  • Dynasteias, O (1986) .... Bebis Karinkopoulos/Dionisakis 'Tarzan' Karinkopoulos/Odysseas
  • Roz gatos, O (1986) .... Archimidis Mantouvalos/Efterpi
  • Merikes ton protimoun... ilektroniko (1986) .... Telis/Paraskevas
  • Touvla, Ta (1985)
  • Mitsos, o rezilis (1984) .... Mitsos ... aka Glykopseftis, O (Greece: TV title)
  • An itan to violi pouli... (1984) .... Lefteris Paganikakis
  • Kai aftos to violi tou (1984) (V)
  • Psonio, To (1983)
  • Paizo kai poly andras, To (1983)
  • Pater Gomenios (1982)
  • Kamikazi tsantakias, O (1982) .... Poseidonas
  • Ego... kai to pouli mou (1982) .... Kokos ... aka Knock out ston erota (Greece: TV title)
  • 'Nona', I (1981) .... Thiseas Doxapatris/Nona

... aka Nona enantion mafiozou (Greece: video title)

  • Megalo routhouni, To (1981) .... Alexandros/Thiseas Doxapatris
  • Kathenas me tin trella tou... (1980) .... Sotiris
  • Parthenokynigos, O (1980)
  • Gefsi apo Ellada! (1980)
  • Gynaikes sta opla (1979) .... President
  • Enas nomotagis politis (1974) .... Grigoris Monahogios
  • Thymios enantion Tsitsou (1971) .... Timolis ... aka Dyo sainia, Ta (Greece: TV title) ... aka Thymios enantion olon (Greece: TV title)
  • Arhipseftaros (1971) .... Paminos
  • Gia mia choufta Touristries (1971)
  • Andres xeroun n' agapoun, Oi (1971) ... aka To timima tis agapis (Greece: video box title)
  • Paidi tis mamas, To (1970)
  • Tyhi mou trelathike, I (1970)
  • Ahaireftos, O (1970)
  • Anastenazoun oi penies (1970)
  • Ena asteio koritsi (1970)
  • Pethaino kathe ximeroma (1969)
  • Xypna koroido (1969)
  • Oraia tou kourea, I (1969)
  • Fovatai o Yannis to therio (1969) ... aka Tha pao stin zougla me ton Tarzan
  • Athina, i klopi tis odou Stadiou (1968) .... Sotos ... aka Nude as a Trap
  • Petheropliktos, O (1968)
  • Psihoula tou kosmou, Ta (1968)
  • Tsahpinis, O (1968)
  • Boufos, O (1968)
  • Tha ta kapso, ta lefta mou (1968) .... Kleon Karapanos
  • Mnistires tis Pinelopis, Oi (1968) .... Filippos
  • Martha (1967) .... Hector
  • Kalos ilthe to dollario (1967) .... Henry
  • Gia tin kardia tis oraias Elenis (1967) ... aka Theotrella neiata... xemoramena geramata (Greece: reissue title)
  • Kori tis Pentagiotissas, I (1967)
  • Erotes sti Lesvo (1967) ... aka Thanatos ehase to paihnidi, O (Greece)
  • Adiki katara (1967)
  • Modistros, O (1967)
  • Kosmos trellathike..., O (1967) .... Pythagoras
  • Kolonaki: Diagogi miden (1967) .... Pavlos Aspromallis
  • Hazobabas, O (1967)
  • Une balle au coeur (1966) ... aka A Bullet Through the Heart (International: English title) ... aka Devil at My Heels (USA) ... aka Mia sfaira stin kardia (Greece)
  • Fos... Nero... Tilefono, Oikopeda me doseis (1966)
  • Na zi kaneis i na mi zi? (1966) .... Solomon
  • Fifis, o aktypitos (1966)
  • Beethoven kai bouzouki (1965)
  • Prosopo tis imeras, To (1965)
  • Alexis Zorbas (1964) .... Mimithos ... aka Zorba the Greek (USA)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Η τελευταία πρόβα του Μουστάκα Newspaper article in Simerini, June 05, 2007 (Greek)