Telly Savalas

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Aristotle Savalas
  • Birth Place: Garden City, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/21/1924, Aquarius
  • Date of Death: 01/22/1994
  • Profession: Actor; director
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Telly Savalas Fast Facts:
  • Began his acting career in 1959 when an agent asked for an actor who could pull off a foreign accent. Savalas auditioned and got the part.
  • Shaved his head for his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and decided to keep the look permanently.
  • Recorded two albums, Telly and Who Loves Ya, Baby, during the height of Kojak's popularity in the '70s.
  • His shirtless appearance on the cover of People in 1974 marked the first time the magazine sold over 1 million copies.
  • Co-owned the racehorse Telly's Pop, which won several major events, including the Del Mar Stakes and Santa Anita Derby.
  • Reprised his Kojak role for a series of ABC Saturday Mystery Movie specials in the '80s.
  • Telly Savalas Relationships:
  • Candace Savalas - Daughter
  • Christian Savalas - Son
  • Julie Hovland - Wife
  • Nicholas Savalas - Son
  • Sally Adams - Ex-significant Other
  • Katherine Nicholaidis - Ex-wife
  • Marilyn Gardner - Ex-wife
  • George Savalas - Brother
  • Nicholas Savalas - Father
  • Ariana Savalas - Daughter
  • Christina Savalas - Mother
  • Gus Savalas - Brother
  • Katherine Savalas - Sister
  • Penelope Savalas - Daughter
  • Christina Savalas - Daughter
  • Theodore Savalas - Brother
  • Telly Savalas Awards:
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1975 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1977 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1966 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1976 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1975 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1962 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1977 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1974 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • College:
  • Columbia University, New York, NY (BS in Psychology)

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