Telly Savalas

Telly Savalas

actor, director, writer

Telly Savalas was born on Jan 21, 1922 in USA. Telly Savalas's big-screen debut came with King of Diamonds - Season 1 directed by Eddie Davis in 1961, strarring Massis / Jerry Larch. Telly Savalas is known for J.J. Starbuck directed by Bob Bralver, Dale Robertson stars as Jerome Jeremiah 'J.J.' Starbuck and Shawn Weatherly as Jill Starbuck. Telly Savalas has got 8 awards and 11 nominations so far. The most recent award Telly Savalas achieved is Walk of Fame. The upcoming new movie Telly Savalas plays is Mind Twister which will be released on Feb 27, 1993.

Of Greek descent on both sides, the son of immigrants, Savalas was a soldier during World War II, although most of his enlistment records were destroyed in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1973. He later studied psychology at Columbia University under the GI Bill.Iconically bald, he often played character roles, sometimes as sadists or psychotics. He became famous in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) was expanded into the gritty Kojak (1973) TV series (1973-78).

  • Birthday

    Jan 21, 1922
  • Place of Birth

    Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA

Known For


8 wins & 11 nominations

Walk of Fame
Motion Picture
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
Golden Globes, USA
Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Winner - Golden Globe
Kojak (1973)
Best TV Actor - Drama
Winner - Golden Globe
Kojak (1973)
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Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows