Gus Trikonis (born November 21, 1937) is an American actor, dancer, and director.
|Occupation||Actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, television director|
(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", 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.
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.
|1969||Five the Hard Way / The Sidehackers|
|1975||The Swinging Barmaids|
|1979||She's Dressed to Kill||TV Movie|
|1980||Touched by Love|
|1981||Elvis and the Beauty Queen|
|1981||Take This Job and Shove It|
|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)|
- Gus Trikonis Biography, Film Reference
- Ed. J. Philip di Franco, The Movie World of Roger Corman, Chelsea House Publishers, 1979 p 213
- The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film ..., page 321