George Demosthenes Savalas (Greek: Γεώργιος Δημοσθένης Σαβάλας) (December 5, 1924 - October 2, 1985) was an American actor.
Born in New York City to immigrants from Greece, he served in the Pacific War as a United States Navy gunner. After studying drama at Columbia University, Savalas embarked on a successful career as a stage actor and acting instructor. He later appeared in several films, most notably Kelly's Heroes.
He is best known for his role as Detective Stavros on the TV series Kojak. He was often credited as "Demosthenes" or "George Demosthenes" to avoid confusion with his better-known older brother, Telly Savalas. In his later years, George recorded a popular Greek-language record and toured with his band, appearing at such venues as Carnegie Hall . He returned to the stage, appearing in a number of off-Broadway productions before illness forced him to retire. In the 1970s, he did adverts in the United Kingdom for Wimpy Bar chain .
He died of leukemia, aged 60.
George Savalas at the Internet Movie Database
The Savalas family website
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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