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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,
Who Loves Ya, Baby
, during the height of
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.
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
Gus Savalas - Brother
Katherine Savalas - Sister
Penelope Savalas - Daughter
Christina Savalas - Mother
Ariana Savalas - Daughter
Christina Savalas - Daughter
Theodore Savalas - Brother
Katherine Nicholaidis - Ex-wife
Marilyn Gardner - Ex-wife
George Savalas - Brother
Nicholas Savalas - Father
Telly Savalas Awards:
1975 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - Nominee
1975 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - 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
1976 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
1975 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
1966 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
1977 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
1978 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
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
Columbia University, New York, NY (BS in Psychology)
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