D.O.B.: January 21, 1924 (Garden City, Long Island)
D.O.D.: January 22, 1994 (Universal City, CA)
Cause of Death: Prostate Cancer
Location: Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills; Garden of Heritage; #1281
He was the son of Greek immigrants. A soldier during World War II and studied psychology.
Worked as journalist for ABC News.
The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types.
He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as New York Detective Theo Kojak in the TV movie "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" was expanded into the gritty "Kojak" TV series, lasting from 1973-78.He was best known for his tough talk, lollipops and shiny bald head. Loose and leering, with the trademark line "Who loves ya', baby?", Savalas became a '70s superstar after years of small parts in television and film.
After "Kojak", Savalas thrived as an unofficial spokesman for open collars, gold chains and the Vegas style.
“The Muppet Movie” (1979) Movie
"Kojak" (1973) TV Series
"Kelly's Heroes" (1970) Movie
"The Dirty Dozen" (1967) Movie
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