Gus Trikonis

Gus Trikonis (born November 21, 1937) is an American actor, dancer, and director.

Gus Trikonis
Born (1937-11-21) November 21, 1937 (age 83)
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, television director
Years active1961–2003
(m. 1969; div. 1976)


He began his career as an actor and dancer, notably appearing in the hugely successful 1961 film West Side Story as Indio, one of the "Sharks",[1] as well as dancing with Debbie Reynolds and Grover Dale to the frantic "He's My Friend" in 1964's The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Although originally unbilled, on December 3, 1968, Trikonis got his second biggest exposure in front of any audience (the first being in the aforementioned West Side Story, seen at US theatres by about 61 million moviegoers) as one of two main (out of five) male dancers who do Elvis Presley's choreography as he sings a Gospel medley as part of a widely watched NBC-TV Special entitled "Elvis".

As a director, Trikonis handled several projects from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, mostly low-budget "exploitation films". He made several films for Roger Corman at New World Pictures; Corman called Trikonis one of the best young directors he had ever worked with.[2]

From the 1980s to the mid-1990s Trikonis mostly directed television series. He directed episodes of television series including Baywatch, Quantum Leap, Hunter and Wiseguy.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Trikonis was married to actress Goldie Hawn from 1969 to 1976; he was her first husband and they have the same birthday. His sister is Gina Trikonis, an actress who also appeared in West Side Story, as Graziela, Riff's girlfriend.[3]



Year Title Notes
1969 Five the Hard Way / The Sidehackers
1975 Supercock
1975 The Swinging Barmaids
1976 Nashville Girl
1978 The Evil
1979 She's Dressed to Kill TV Movie
1980 Touched by Love
1981 Elvis and the Beauty Queen TV Movie
1981 Take This Job and Shove It


Year Title Role Notes
1961 West Side Story Indio
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Joe
1964 Pajama Party Pajame Boy #13
1966 The Sand Pebbles Restorff
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Rio
1968 The Hellcats Scorpio (final film role)


  1. ^ a b Gus Trikonis Biography, Film Reference
  2. ^ Ed. J. Philip di Franco, The Movie World of Roger Corman, Chelsea House Publishers, 1979 p 213
  3. ^ The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film ..., page 321

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