Titos Vandis

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Titos Vandis
Born (1917-11-07)7 November 1917
Salonika, Greece
Died 23 February 2003(2003-02-23) (aged 85)
Athens, Greece
Occupation Actor
Years active 1953–2000

Titos Vandis (Greek: Τίτος Βανδής; 7 November 1917 – 23 February 2003) was a Greek actor who appeared in more than 100 films and television shows between 1953 and 2000.[1] He left Greece when a dictatorship took power and lived in the United States for 24 years.[2]

Vandis starred in the film Oi paranomoi (1958), which was entered into the 8th Berlin International Film Festival.[3] In 1972, he appeared in the Woody Allen film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) as an Armenian shepherd who was in love with a sheep.[4] In The Exorcist (1973), he had a small role as the uncle of protagonist Father Damien Karras.[5]

Vandis was a guest-star in 1976 on the NBC situation comedy The Practice, playing Nicolas in the episode "The Nose." On The A-Team, he guest-starred in the episode "Body Slam" (1985) alongside Hulk Hogan.[6]

Vandis appeared in over 250 plays before making his Broadway debut[7] in the Tony-nominated musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965). He created the role of Themistocles Kriakos, a Greek shipping magnate who believed in reincarnation and planned to leave his fortune to his future self.[8] Boston Globe critic Kevin Kelly wrote that Vandis played the role with "marvellous finesse" and that the character was "rather like Zorba as a businessman with $4 million."[9]

He later joined the cast of Man of La Mancha playing the role of Sancho Panza. Vandis was also in the original Broadway cast of Illya Darling (1967), a Tony-nominated musical[10] based on his film Never On Sunday (1960).[11]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for Oi paranomoi". imdb.com. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Savvas, Minas (31 March 2003). "Hellenic Happenings". Greek - American Review. 
  3. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for Oi paranomoi". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  4. ^ "AFI Catalog of Feature Films". afi.com. American Film Institute. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "IMDB.com: The Exorcist". imdb.com. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "IMDB.com: The A-Team Body Slam". imdb.com. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Greek Film Star Will Make Debut". Los Angeles Times. 13 July 1965. 
  8. ^ On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (CD booklet). New York, NY: RCA Victor. 1965. 
  9. ^ Kelly, Kevin (8 September 1965). "Lerner-Lane Musical Bright, But Too Complex". Boston Globe. 
  10. ^ "IBDB.com: Titos Vandis". ibdb.com. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Time Magazine review

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