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Telly Savalas

Telly Savalas

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

Biographical Notes:

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.

Appeared In:

“The Muppet Movie” (1979) Movie

"Kojak" (1973) TV Series

"Kelly's Heroes" (1970) Movie

"The Dirty Dozen" (1967) Movie


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