|Born||December 5, 1924
Bronx, New York City, New York
|Died||October 2, 1985
Westwood, Los Angeles, California
Georgios Demosthenes "George" Savalas (Greek: Γεώργιος Δημοσθένης Σαβάλας) (December 5, 1924 – October 2, 1985) was a Greek-American actor. He was the younger brother of the (better-known) actor Telly Savalas.
Born in the Bronx, New York City, New York, to immigrants from Greece, he was one of five children: brothers Telly, Gus and Ted; and sister Katherine. He attended Holy Cross Institute in Connecticut and Mineola High School in Garden City Park, New York (on Long Island). He served in the Pacific War as a United States Navy gunner but also acted, produced and directed stage performances on military bases. He studied drama at Columbia University.
Starting out, Savalas worked many jobs, including driving a taxi and waiting tables. Although known primarily as an actor, Savalas was originally a stage actor and acting instructor. He taught at the Coliseum Studios for five years. He appeared in off-Broadway productions such as Death of a Salesman and Arms and Man as well working with his father in two businesses, a hotel and a heating and air-conditioning company.
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; such was the situation for the first two seasons of Kojak. He appeared in several films such as Kelly's Heroes, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Genghis Khan (1965) — which also featured his brother Telly. In the mid-1970s, he appeared in adverts in the United Kingdom for the Wimpy Bar chain.
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.
He and his wife Robin had six children: Nicholas George, Leonidas George, Constantine George, Gregory George, Matthew George and Militza. Later in life he and Robin resided in Reseda, California. For many, many years, he continued to drive his 1936 Chevrolet automobile. His interests included golf, coin and clock collecting, radio-controlled model airplanes and cooking.
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