George Kapiniaris

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George Kapiniaris
George Kapiniaris

1961 (age 57–58)
NationalityGreek Australian
Years active1980s - present
Notable work
Acropolis Now (1989-1992); The Flying Doctors (1988-1994); Underbelly (2008)

George Kapiniaris is an Australian-born stage, television and film actor and comedian. He is of Greek descent and is best known for his role in popular sitcom Acropolis Now and composed that serial theme song .

Professional background[edit]

Theatre work[edit]

Kapiniaris with Simon Palomares shown at right in 2008

Kapiniaris appeared in the stage show Wogs Out of Work with Nick Giannopoulos, in the 1980s.[citation needed] In 2009, he appeared as Ricardo in Broken Hill, an inmate who played guitar in a jail band.[citation needed] With fellow comedians Joe Avati, Nish Selvadurai and Simon Palomares, he joined forces for a national tour Il Dago.[citation needed] In late 2012, he played in the Australian stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[citation needed]


In 1988, Kapiniaris joined the cast of the drama series The Flying Doctors as Demetris "D.J." Goannidis. He stayed on this role until 1994.[citation needed] During this time, he also starred in the Melbourne-based popular sitcom Acropolis Now with Giannopoulos, Simon Palomares and Mary Coustas.Since that show's cancellation, he has continued stand-up comedy and has produced a few stage performances, as well as emceeing events such as weddings.[citation needed] Some of his songs include a parody of Knockin' on Heaven's Door, called "Gnocchi on Heaven's Door".[citation needed]

In 2007, Kapiniaris starred in the television comedy series Kick on SBS as Takis Mavros.[citation needed] He also appeared in the same year on the television soap opera Neighbours, in a guest role as a celebrity chef.[citation needed] Kapiniaris appeared in the controversial 2008 mini series Underbelly,[1] where he played a real life character George Defteros. Also in 2008, Kapiniaris (and his Acropolis Now co-star Simon Palomares) made consecutive appearances on successful Channel 31 show, the Deakin TV produced TheatreGames LIVE.[citation needed]

Kapinaris has also had minor stints in Paul Fenech comedies, such as Pizza as an Albanian war criminal, Swift and Shift Couriers as a marriage celebrant and the 2011 comedy Housos in a minor role.[citation needed]

Kapiniaris has appeared in a series of comedic commercials for South Australian automotive repairer and insurance broker, the RAA, featuring Kapiniaris talking to a confidante; a barista named 'Trev' at a coffee shop. Kapiniaris created his own website based on the RAA ads. He also created a satirical Today Tonight segment entitled The Dummies, poking fun at politicians through the use of puppets.[citation needed]


In 2003, he had a role in the film Fat Pizza, playing the character of Ronnie McDoggle. In 2012, he had a minor role in Housos vs Authority, the screen version of the sitcom Housos.[citation needed]

He plays Uncle Taso in the hit Australian stage play which has turned into a big screen sensation, written by Alex Lykos, Alex & Eve 2015.


  1. ^ "First shots fired in Underbelly". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 December 2012.

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