George Chakiris

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  • Birth Place: Norwood, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Dancer, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Landed a deal with Paramount Pictures after a publicity photo of him with Rosemary Clooney from White Christmas generated a tremendous amount of fan mail.
  • Sang with the St. Luke's Episcopal Church choir as a child, and made his film debut when the ensemble appeared in 1947's Song of Love.
  • Never took a dance class until he enrolled at the American School of Dance in Hollywood at age 19.
  • Before winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Bernardo in the 1961 film version of West Side Story, he played the opposing role of Riff in the original London stage production.
  • Became lifelong friends with his West Side Story film costar Rita Moreno.
  • Parlayed a hobby in silversmithing into a line of products, distributed at department stores in Japan.

Awards

  • 1961, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Steven Chakiris — Father
  • Zoe Chakiris — Mother

College

  • Attended Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California, United States

Details

  • Birth Place: Norwood, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Dancer, Actor

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