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Sotiris Moustakas (Greek: Σωτήρης Μουστάκας) (17 September 1940 – 4 June 2007) was a Greek/Cypriot comedy actor.

Early life

He was born in Limassol, Cyprus.

Career

One of the most significant comic actors of Greece and Cyprus, Moustakas graduated from the National Theater of Greece and was known for his portrayal of offbeat, neurotic yet likable characters. In many of his movies he portrayed multiple roles. He appeared primarily in modern films and plays, although he also performed several roles in classical works.

Moustakas' international film debut came in 1964 in the Oscar-winning Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn, in which he played Mimithos, the village idiot.

Although his recent work was mainly in the theatre, he also had a role in the 2007 film El Greco.

Political activities

Although not widely advertised, Moustakas in his youth was involved in the Greek Cypriot national liberation struggle of EOKA against British colonialism, acting as a messenger, and writing political graffiti. During that period, he was arrested by the British and spent 7 months in jail.[1]

Death

Moustakas felt unwell during rehearsals for an upcoming Aristophanes play, and was transferred to the General State Hospital of Athens. He was taken to the intensive care unit, where he died in the early morning hours of 4 June 2007. At his funeral, his coffin was draped with a Greek flag.

Personal life

He was married to the Greek actress Maria Bonellou, with whom he had a daughter.

Filmography

El Greco (2007)

"Haidemena paidia, Ta" (2001) TV Series
Ti vraki tha paradossis mori? (2001) (TV)
Petsi kai kokali (2000) (TV)

"Aparadektoi, Oi" (1 episode) - Epitheorisi (????) TV Episode
Alepous, O (1990) (V) .... Alepous
Kapetan Fortounas (1989) (V)
Mia treli treli nychta (1989) (V) .... Sokratis Leonardos
Jogadoros, O (1989) (V)
Peinasmenos kai jenleman (1989) (V)
Diariktis me to zori (1988) (V) .... Michalis Papadimitrakopoulos
Andrea prohora (1988) (V)
Enas trelos tha mas sossei (1988) (V)
Varis glykos kai meraklis (1988) (V)
Erastis gia 11 nihtes (1988) (V)
Tolmi kai afassia (1988) (V)
Mhn to paizeis ypourge! (1988) (V)
Pantremenos me pethera (1987) (V) .... Pantelis
Kourio o Periklis (1987) (V)
Tsitsiolinos, O (1987)
Dynasteias, O (1986) .... Bebis Karinkopoulos/Dionisakis 'Tarzan' Karinkopoulos/Odysseas
Roz gatos, O (1986) .... Archimidis Mantouvalos/Efterpi
Merikes ton protimoun... ilektroniko (1986) .... Telis/Paraskevas
Touvla, Ta (1985)
Mitsos, o rezilis (1984) .... Mitsos ... aka Glykopseftis, O (Greece: TV title)
An itan to violi pouli... (1984) .... Lefteris Paganikakis
Kai aftos to violi tou (1984) (V)
Psonio, To (1983)
Paizo kai poly andras, To (1983)
Pater Gomenios (1982)
Kamikazi tsantakias, O (1982) .... Poseidonas
Ego... kai to pouli mou (1982) .... Kokos ... aka Knock out ston erota (Greece: TV title)
'Nona', I (1981) .... Thiseas Doxapatris/Nona

... aka Nona enantion mafiozou (Greece: video title)

Megalo routhouni, To (1981) .... Alexandros/Thiseas Doxapatris
Kathenas me tin trella tou... (1980) .... Sotiris
Parthenokynigos, O (1980)
Gefsi apo Ellada! (1980)
Gynaikes sta opla (1979) .... President
Enas nomotagis politis (1974) .... Grigoris Monahogios
Thymios enantion Tsitsou (1971) .... Timolis ... aka Dyo sainia, Ta (Greece: TV title) ... aka Thymios enantion olon (Greece: TV title)
Arhipseftaros (1971) .... Paminos
Gia mia houfta touristries (1971)
Andres xeroun n' agapoun, Oi (1971) ... aka To timima tis agapis (Greece: video box title)
Paidi tis mamas, To (1970)
Tyhi mou trelathike, I (1970)
Ahaireftos, O (1970)
Anastenazoun oi penies (1970)
Ena asteio koritsi (1970)
Pethaino kathe ximeroma (1969)
Xypna koroido (1969)
Oraia tou kourea, I (1969)
Fovatai o Yannis to therio (1969) ... aka Tha pao stin zougla me ton Tarzan
Athina, i klopi tis odou Stadiou (1968) .... Sotos ... aka Nude as a Trap
Petheropliktos, O (1968)
Psihoula tou kosmou, Ta (1968)
Tsahpinis, O (1968)
Boufos, O (1968)
Tha ta kapso, ta lefta mou (1968) .... Kleon Karapanos
Mnistires tis Pinelopis, Oi (1968) .... Filippos
Martha (1967) .... Hector
Kalos ilthe to dollario (1967) .... Henry
Gia tin kardia tis oraias Elenis (1967) ... aka Theotrella neiata... xemoramena geramata (Greece: reissue title)
Kori tis Pentagiotissas, I (1967)
Erotes sti Lesvo (1967) ... aka Thanatos ehase to paihnidi, O (Greece)
Adiki katara (1967)
Modistros, O (1967)
Kosmos trellathike..., O (1967) .... Pythagoras
Kolonaki: Diagogi miden (1967) .... Pavlos Aspromallis
Hazobabas, O (1967)
Une balle au coeur (1966) ... aka A Bullet Through the Heart (International: English title) ... aka Devil at My Heels (USA) ... aka Mia sfaira stin kardia (Greece)
Fos... Nero... Tilefono, Oikopeda me doseis (1966)
Na zi kaneis i na mi zi? (1966) .... Solomon
Fifis, o aktypitos (1966)
Beethoven kai bouzouki (1965)
Prosopo tis imeras, To (1965)
Alexis Zorbas (1964) .... Mimithos ... aka Zorba the Greek (USA)


External links

Sotiris Moustakas passes away
Veteran Greek comic actor Sotiris Moustakas dies at 67
Sotiris Moustakas: "Fought in EOKA" - Excerpts from his famous interview where he describes his life during the EOKA national liberation struggle


References

^ Η τελευταία πρόβα του Μουστάκα Newspaper article in Simerini, June 05, 2007 (Greek)

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