Georgios Demosthenes Savalas (Greek: Γεώργιος Δημοσθένης Σαβάλας; December 5, 1924 – October 2, 1985) was an American film and television actor. He was the younger brother of actor Telly Savalas, with whom he acted in the popular 1970s TV crime series Kojak.
Georgios Demosthenes Savalas
December 5, 1924
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 2, 1985 (aged 60)|
(m. 1968; his death 1985)
He attended Holy Cross Institute in Connecticut and Mineola High School (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 a TV 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 while 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, which starred his brother Telly. For the first two seasons, Savalas was credited as "Demosthenes" on screen so as not to create confusion between himself and his brother, although both men were easily distinguishable by sight (George having a full head of hair while Telly shaved his head). George Savalas, under his real name, also received a Production Associate credit during the first season and a Production Assistant credit for the second season.
He appeared in several films such as Kelly's Heroes, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Genghis Khan (1965) — all of 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 resided in Reseda, California. He died of leukemia, aged 60 (misreported as 58 at the time), in Los Angeles.
|1964||Good Neighbor Sam||Truck Driver||Uncredited|
|1965||The Slender Thread||Pool Player|
|1969||A Dream of Kings||Apollo|
|1970||Kelly's Heroes||First Sergeant Mulligan|
|1973||The Outfit||Kenilworth Finance Employee||Uncredited|
|1976||Kravges ston anemo|
|1982||Fake-Out||The Pit Boss|
|1961||The Dick Powell Show||Reveller at party||Episode: "Three Soldiers"|
|1962||GE True||Lukas - Grocer||Episode: "V-Victor 5"|
|1963||The Dakotas||Pope, Bartender||Episode: "A Nice Girl from Goliath"|
|1963||The Virginian||Turnkey||Episode: "Ride a Dark Trail"|
|1963||Ripcord||Member of Search Party||Episode: "Run, Joby, Run"|
|1964||The Rogues||Lobo||Episode: "Viva Diaz!"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Aristos||Episode: "With Hellfire and Thunder"|
|1966||The Fugitive||Prisoner||Episode: "Stroke of Genius"|
|1966||Daniel Boone||The Warden||Episode: "The Accused"|
|1967||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Greek Merchant||Episode: "The Test Tube Killer Affair"|
|1968||Mannix||Sergeant||Episode: "The End of the Rainbow"|
|1971||All in the Family||Joe Frouge||Episode: "Success Story"|
|1973||The Marcus-Nelson Murders||Jack Deems||Television film|
|1973–1978||Kojak||Det. Stavros / Sgt. Stavros / Det. Stravros||114 episodes|
|1975||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Kaz||Episode: "The Youth Killer"|
|1976||Whodunnit?||Panellist||Episode: "Dead Grass"|
|1979||Alice||Himself||Episode: "Has Anyone Here Seen Telly?"|
|1985||Kojak: The Belarus File||Stavros||Television film|
|1985||Alice in Wonderland||The Courtier||Television film|
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- Richardson, Lisa (January 23, 1994). "From the Archives: 'Kojak' Star Telly Savalas Dies at 70". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
- ARNOLD, ROXANE (3 October 1985). "George Savalas, Telly's Brother, Dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 October 2017.