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Mario Frangoulis (Greek: Μάριος Φραγκούλης) (born 1967) is a Greek tenor and is best known for his song, "Vincerò, Perderò". He sings in Italian, Spanish, English, French, and Greek; he is fluent in all 5 languages.
Frangoulis was born on December 18, 1966 in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) of Greek parents. When he was four years old he was sent to Athens, Greece to live with his maternal aunt Loula and her husband George. The couple adored him so much and Mario considered them as his parents. At the age of eight Frangoulis began singing in various choirs and at the age of eleven he played the part of Issachar in a school production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to follow by many different roles in several other school theatrical performances, including the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret and at sixteen played Tony in West Side Story.
When Frangoulis was six years old he started violin lessons, which he continued for twelve years, receiving a first prize when he was as young as fourteen. He graduated from the Conservatory in 1984, and although he did not further his violin studies, this particular musical training assisted Frangoulis with his
Costas or Kostas Sommer (Greek: Κώστας Σόμμερ; born 17 May 1975) is a Greek model and actor who has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. In 2005, he appeared in the Hollywood film Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo starring Rob Schneider as the Greek gigolo Assapopoulos Mariolis. This role is Sommer’s first Hollywood role, after nailing his only audition since arriving in Los Angeles.
He was born in Germany, where he spent most of his childhood years and later moved to Greece, Sommer attended the German School of Athens. He was bit by the acting bug as a young boy, and continued working in television and film in Greece. He is a very well known Greek celebrity appearing in numerous magazines as a model before landing roles in big screen film productions such as Brides by Pantelis Voulgaris, A Breath's Distance for ATA Studios and Golden Beach. Some of his television credits include Love Came From Afar, Aliki, and The Bachelors. He has also appeared in several broadway plays include playing the part of Joe Bonaparte in Golden Boy and Liliom. He enjoys extreme sports as well as skydiving, jetski, speed boat, car and motorcycle racing/stunts. Some of his other hobbies include
Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas II (Greek: Αναστάσιος "Σάκης" Ρουβάς, pronounced [ˈsakis ruˈvas]; 5 January 1972), often referred to mononymously as Sakis, is a Greek musician, television and film artist, businessman, and former pole vaulter who is one of the most successful and influential entertainers of all time in Greece and Cyprus. Beginning a career as a member of the national athletics team, Rouvas commenced a musical career in 1991 and became one of Greece's first pop performers; widely recognized as the genre's main performers to this day, he is credited with breaking cultural and generational barriers and aiding in the popularization of Western music genres in Greece and Cyprus.
In the early 1990s after winning the Thessaloniki Song Festival, Rouvas became a dominant figure in Greek entertainment, gaining a mass fanbase and being cited as a phenomenon. His sexualized image and live performances utilizing complex choreography and costumes have earned him notoriety. He and manager Elias Psinakis formed a famous partnership in Greek show business. Rouvas' increasing popularity was coupled with criticism of both professional choices and personal struggles, which damaged his public
Stavros Paravas' (Greek: Σταύρος Παράβας; April 15, 1935 – September 15, 2008) was a Greek actor.
He was born on April 15, 1935 in the neighborhoor of Athens, Tourkovouna. Their relatives had roots from Asia Minor. For economically helping his family, he left for struggle for a better life when he was little, with different ways.
He was the first to experience for an artistic vein and was a professor at Athens High School 5 where he graduated. Before finishing his school and during the resistance of the neighbourhood, he took part at Kostas Mihailidis' dramatic school in which considered his talent which he held in the school without having a doctorate.
He was later exiled to Gyaros.
He married a British lady Anne and raised three children, Jonathan, Martha and Vanessa. The first child Jonathan suddenly died later.
On February 2006, he suffered severe health problems including headaches and years of lung problems with his heart in which he felt better.
He died on September 15, 2008 from a heart attack and he was buried two days later.
His first appearance in theater was in 1955 in To proto psema with Katerina Andreadi's company. He later worked with Vilma Kirou and after his
Pantelis Zervos (Greek: Παντελής Ζερβός, November 7, 1913 in Loutraki – August 28, 1991 in Athens) was a Greek theatrical and a film actor.
Zervos was born in Loutraki near Corinth in Perachora. He attended the Art Theatre School with Karolos Koun (Coon). He entered the theatrical scene from 1933 and participated with the greatest stars of the time as distinction in classic and main roles, even in modern Greek civics.
His most theatrical plays he acted was Alkistis Antigoni (Alcestis Antigone), Macbeth, Pluto, etc.
His presentation at the film saw him a great success. Around 70 were his presentation in movies mostly on the work Madalena produced by Dinos Dimopoulos (1960), he awarded the first award on his second male role at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 1960. His other appearances include Raw Bread (1915), [[O agapitikos tis voskopoulas (1955), Makrykostaioi kai Kontogiorgides (1960), Ziteitai pseftis (1961), O Atsidas (1962), Lola (1964), A Student with Blonde Hair (1969) and Maria tis siopis (1973).
Other than his radio and television appearances, Zervos left history, different in everyday radio broadcasts To 5lepto enos thyrorou.
Pantelis Zervos was a member of the Greek
Petros Filipidis (Greek: Πέτρος Φιλιππίδης); also written as Petros Philippidis, born in 1966 in Athens, Greece, is one of the most popular Greek actors of modern times, who has appeared in many successful television series during the last two decades. In 1986 he graduated from the Karolos Koun School of Theatre. Filipidis was currently starred in the very successful television comedy series Peninda-Peninda (50-50) in Mega Channel.
Filipidis took part in many ancient Greek theatrical comedies, such as Thesmoforiazouses, Ornithes, Maria Pentagiotissa, and many others. He became broadly known starring in the 1993 Mega Channel's comedy High Rock alongside with actor Tasos Halkias. Since then he took part in numerous television series as well in movie productions.
Kostas Voutsas (Greek: Κώστας Βουτσάς; born December 31, 1931) is a famous Greek actor, director and writer.
Voutsas was born in Thessaloniki, in 1931. He studied drama at the Drama School of the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and made his stage and screen debut in 1953. In 1961 his breakthrough came when Giannis Dalianidis a Greek film director gave him a leading role in his phenomenally successful youth melodrama O Katiforos. He soon became one of the best and most popular comic actors of his generation and created personal groups, starring in many Greek comedies by top playwrights and classics like Aristophanes' The Wasps (as Philokleon), Molière's Le bourgeois gentilhomme (title role) etc. He has always been more committed to being a theatrical actor. In an interview at Athens daily newspaper To Vima, he said "Playing in movies has helped me a lot, but I was always committed to the theatre and that was my highlight"
He was a major actor in Finos Films and went on to star in about 60 movies, mostly comedies and musicals of the 'golden era" of Greek commercial cinema.
1. Nisos (2009) .... Apostolis
2. O diaheiristis (2009) .... Mr. Isidoros
... aka The Building
Christian Alexander (born Christian Ivanov Ivanov, April 14, 1990 in Athens) is an American actor, best known for his role as Kiefer Bauer on the American daytime drama General Hospital.
Born to Bulgarian parents in Athens, Alexander is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School. He formerly competed in gymnastics. Alexander has appeared in a number of television series, most notably over sixty episodes of General Hospital from June 18, 2009 to April 6, 2010. In 2011, he was cast in ABC Family's The Lying Game.
Costas Mandylor (born Costas Theodosopoulos; 3 September 1965) is a Greek Australian actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Kenny in Picket Fences, and for portraying Mark Hoffman in the Saw films.
Mandylor was born in Melbourne, the son of Louise (née Mandylaris) and Yannis Theodosopoulos, who is a taxi driver. He is of Greek ancestry. Mandylor took his mother's maiden name citing his real name in Greek being too long. He grew up in St Kilda and South Melbourne. He moved to the United States in 1987 where he started taking acting lessons. He was initially unable to find any work acting and had to work any job available.
Mandylor's first major role was in the 1989 film Triumph of the Spirit playing a European Jew, which was filmed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. He returned to Los Angeles meeting director Oliver Stone and auditioned and got the role of an Italian count in The Doors (1991). Mandylor landed a leading role in Mobsters playing a New York gangster, Frank Costello. He went mentally prepared for the role, telling the Los Angeles Times, "It was interesting that I got that part, because I felt tuned in to gangsters, it was a genre I'd read a lot. When I was
Kostas Kazakos (Greek: Κώστας Καζάκος) (alt. sp. Costas Kazakos) (born May 1935 in Pyrgos, Ilia) is a Greek actor, director, and politician.
He was married to the famous actress Tzeni Karezi with whom he has a son. In 1997 he married the actress Jenny Jolia.
In the 2007 Greek legislative election, he was elected to the Greek Parliament as a candidate of the Communist Party of Greece. He was reelected in 2009.
Dimitris Horn (Greek: Δημήτρης Χορν) (March 9, 1921 – January 16, 1998) was a Greek theatrical and film performer. He is regarded probably as the greatest Greek actor of modern times.
Horn was born in Athens in 1921, the son of playwright Pantelis Horn. He studied at the Drama School of the National Theater of Greece, where he made his stage debut in 1941. During his career, he co-operated many times with the National Theater and made personal stage groups with actors such as Mary Aroni, Alekos Alexandrakis and Ellie Lambeti. The latter was also his life companion from 1953 to 1958.
He established from an early stage a reputation as "the best actor of his generation," giving outstanding performances in classics such as Gogol's "Diary of a Madman" by Nikolai Gogol, "Richard III" by William Shakespeare, "Dom Juan" by Molière, "Enrico IV" by Luigi Pirandello etc.
Of lesser important was his screen work; he disliked cinema and starred in only ten films, most notably The Counterfeit Coin (1954), and A Girl in Black (1956). Later he married shipping heiress Anna Goulandri, and became the first director of the Greek State Radio and Television after the restoration of democracy. He died in
Costas Hajihristos (Greek: Κώστας Χατζηχρήστος; 1921 – October 3, 2001) was a Greek actor.
He was born in Thessaloniki to a large family, which later moved to Pagkrati.
The young Kostas studied mainly at the Military School in Syros and finished his studies in Kavala. He worked in a variety at the Missouri Theatre in Piraeus and at the Nitsa Gaitanaki company where he plauyed the Stravoxylo by Psathas. From 1945 until 1948, he worked in an operetta company owned by Paraskevas Oikonomou and appeared in the Pefka variety with Oikonomidis and Oasia with M. Traiforos. In 1949-50, he councilled the Koula Nikolaidou's musical company at the Verdun theatre at Alexandras Ave.
At the Verdun, Hajihristos acted for his first time in his successful run in the role of a Gypsy Thymios, a role which was taken by his brother of his wife Kostas Nikolaidis, the writing trio Nikolaidis-Eleftheriou-Lymberopoulos. From 1955 until 1955 at the Peroquet sponsoured by Coca-Cola with Yialama-Thisviou-Pretenderis, praised himself and the idyllic with Diridawa?. They married and raised a daughter. His marriage went to an end in 1975 and Kaiti Oikonomou in which Diridawa died on February 1996.
At the cinema,
Dimitrios (Mimis) Theiopoulos (Greek: Μίμης Θειόπουλος) (born 1927, Athens) is a veteran Greek actor, lyricist and screenwriter. Traditionally a character actor, he is mostly known from his work in Greek straight to video cinema; however, he has numerous appearances both in Greek television and stage and he has contributed to scripts of various comedies. A lesser known fact about him is his status as a lyricist of many immensely popular "laika" Greek songs, including collaborations with Tolis Voskopoulos, Christos Nikolopoulos, Yiorgos Chatzinasios and others. While retired, he recently appeared in the international film production of A Touch of Spice (Politiki Kouzina).
Panagiotis (Takis) Miliadis (Greek: Τάκης Μηλιάδης; 1922 – 1985) was a Greek actor who is known for his comedic acting roles.
Takis Miliadis was born in Athens, Greece on September 26, 1922, into a theatrical and musical family. As his father, Nikos, was an actor in musical theatre, and his mother, Marika Anthopoulou, was an opera singer, he was intensly exposed to theatrical acting during his childhood. Later, he was characterised as the ‘Maurice Chevalier’ of Greece. He studied theatre with other famous students, such as Kostas Bastias and Dimitris Rontiros. Miliadis married three times, first to Betty Moschona, and then to Sasa Kazeli. Finally, he married Paraskevi Kollis and together they raised a son, Marios Miltiadis.
Miliadis graduated from the University of Athens Medical School. Throughout his career, Miliadis has played roles in films and theatre. During his theatrical career, he earned great reviews from critics. At one point in his life he worked in Germany as a radio presenter, as part of a Greek-language broadcast.
Other than theatricals, films, radio and television broadcasts, he also did many refreshments in the Athens-Piraues time, with several number of reviews.
Giorgos Gavriilidis (Greek: Γιώργος Γαβριηλίδης, 1906 – July 23, 1982 in Athens) was a Greek actor.
He was the husband of Marika Krevata (1910 - September 14, 1994). He was marked out from the theatre and played roles in many comedies in the cinema and later on television.
He died on July 23, 1982 from pneumonic edema and was buried at the Third Cemetery in Nikaia north of Piraeus and west of Athens.
Titos Vandis (7 November 1917 – 23 February 2003) was a Greek actor. He appeared in over 100 films and television shows between 1953 and 2000. He starred in the film Oi paranomoi, which was entered into the 8th Berlin International Film Festival.
Alkiviades "Alki" David is a digital media entrepreneur whose companies include FilmOn, Battlecam and 9021go.com. David has also appeared in feature films, including The Bank Job, and on UK TV.
David was born in Nigeria, and educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland. His father, Andrew A. David (1934–2000), was a managing director of Hellenic Bottling Company S.A, which merged in 2000 with Coca-Cola Beverages into Coca-Cola Hellenic.After serving in the British Army, he studied film at the Royal College of Art in London, England, and then moved to Los Angeles, California, where he lived for eight years and was part-owner of a film post-production company. In 1998 he returned to London and co-founded Independent Models, an agency whose models included Helena Christensen.
He was married and divorced twice, having two sons with his first wife. He met second wife Emma McAllister in 2004, marrying her in 2007, and separating in 2009. As of 2011 he is married to Jennifer Stano, a swimsuit designer and former model who founded Have Faith Swimwear with David in Beverly Hills, California, in 2010.
In the 2008 film The Bank Job, David played a bank-vault expert hired by Jason Statham to help with
Alekos Livaditis (Greek: Αλέκος Λειβαδίτης, 1914 – March 23, 1980) was a Greek actor in theatre and cinema. He was the son of Lissandros.
He was a graduate of the Central Trade School. His first appearance was in the movie To tragoudi tou horismou (The Divorce Song). He also played in Voice of the Heart (1942), I vila me ta noufara (1944), Gambros me dossis (1947), O emiris ke o kakomiris (1963), etc. He took part in the empty hermitage as he disappeared from prose theater with Christoforos Nezer and Anna Lori in 1948 at the Akropol. From then he participated in great acts including Kalouta-Krevata-Rena Dor in 1949, Kalouta only in 1950 and later with Orestis Makris, Vassilis Avlonitis, Nikos Stavridis, Rena Vlachopoulou, K. Hadjihristou, Kaiti Diridaua and Sofia Vebo in many musical presentations and comedies.
He began writing articles in 1949 elsewhere in Egypt, Cyprus, Istanbul in which he done in 1951 until 1951. From 1968 until 1971, he done many articles in all of the cities in Greece.
Livaditis was also a director in the movie 100,000 Pounds, he was a member of the Greek Actors Guild (SEI), and president of the SEI Revenue Countil. He was awarded by George II of Greece with
Anastasios (Tasos) Giannopoulos (Greek: Τάσος Γιαννόπουλος; 1931 – November 8, 1977) was a Greek actor. He was born in 1931 and died of cancer on November 8, 1977 at the age of 46. He was famous as Kitsou in his movies.
Kostas Papahristos (Greek: Κώστας Παπαχρήστος; 1916 – 1995) was a Greek actor who was known for his comedic acting roles.
He was born in Volos in 1916 and died in Athens in 1995. He was the husband of Dimitra Seremeti (b. 1933) and brother of Nikos. He played mostly military, police and other roles. He entered the Kokkino Milo (Red Apple). His marriage was childless.
Timos Perlegas (Saturday, October 22, 1938, Patras—Monday, April 19, 1993, Maroussi) was a Greek actor. He died from a heart attack.
In 1955, he moved to Athens and went to acting school. Among his teachers were Manos Katrakis and Giorgos Theodosiadis.
He first appeared on stage as a member of the Karolos Koun theater company in The Persians by Aeschylus. Later on, he toured Europe with The Birds by Aristophanes. He also worked with the National Theatre of Modern Greece for two years as well as the Karezi-Kazakos company. He also appeared in the cinema and on TV.
Perlegas was a member of the Communist Party of Greece since 1975.
Some of the plays he appeared in include:
Nikos Rizos (Greek: Νίκος Ρίζος; September 30, 1924 in Peta – April 20, 1999 in Athens) was a Greek actor. He took part in many Greek comedies in cinema. He married Elsa Rizou and raised a son.
He began his career with the classic film Anthropoi, anthropoiPeople, People in 1948 at the Metropolitan Theatre, made his own company in 1959 which he co-ran from 1961 as Vasilis Avlonitis - Georgia Vasileiadou - Nikos Rizos to great success in 1965. Nikos Rizos appeared in various comedies in Greece and Germany, performing for the immigrant Greeks abroad.
In 1986, he appeared at the Astor Theatre on Stadiou Street which he ran from the artistic performance until 1990. Nikos Rizos changed and he was a much lucky theatrical entrepreneur for 27 years.
He starred in around 300 comedy films including To soferaki with Giorgos Tzavellas, O thisavros tou makariti with Nikos Tsiforos, O Klearchos, i Marina kai o kontos, Simoria eraston and more.
On television, he starred alongside Martha Karagianni in the show O dromos (The Road) with Kostas Lychnaras and writer Kostas Pretenteris and in 1999 in the TV presentation of the novel by academic Tassos Athanassiadis I aithousa tou thronou on Mega. It was
Kostas Triantafyllopoulos (also written as Kostas Triantafillopoulos) (Greek: Κώστας Τριανταφυλλόπουλος) (born 8 February 1956 in Athinaio, Arcadia, Greece) is a Greek actor. He graduated Athens Drama School in 1977 and he has played a wide variety of roles on stage from Greek tragedy, Aristophanes and Shakespeare to contemporary American drama (Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, Thornton Wilder, Sam Shepard). He's acted in many plays produced by the National Theatre of Greece and by other major Greek theaters. He's also starred in numerous television series and films. From November 1998 to July 1999 and from July 2002 to March 2003 he participated in the world grand tours of the National Theatre of Greece with the tragedies Medea by Euripides, Electra and Antigone both by Sophocles. The tour included performances in France, Australia, Israel, Portugal, USA, Canada, Brasil, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Denmark, Turkey, Bulgaria, China and Japan.
Errikos Litsis (Greek: Ερρίκος Λίτσης; born in Athens) is a Greek actor. Errikos is best known for his performance as Dimitris in the 2003 cult movie Spirtokouto and as Takis in the 2005 film Psychi sto stoma.
Romain Gavras (born 4 July 1981 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek French director, best known overseas for directing M.I.A.'s controversial video for "Born Free". His films and music videos often portray a gritty and realistic setting juxtaposed with flashy high energy content.
He is the son of Constantinos Gavras (Costa-Gavras) and co-founder in 1994 of the collective Kourtrajmé with Kim Chapiron, the son of Kiki Picasso.
Sidney Ganis (born January 8, 1940) is a Greek-American motion picture executive and producer who has produced such films as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, The Master of Disguise and Akeelah and the Bee. On August 23, 2005 he was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and now serves as the First Vice President. He serves on the board of directors of Marvel Entertainment as well as boards of film festivals and film organizations around the country.
Ganis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He's of Greek descent, from the city of Ioannina. He was exposed to the world of entertainment when he worked as an office boy for Lee Solters. This led him to a film career in marketing and publicity at several studios, eventually joining Lucasfilm, where he served as Senior Vice President for several years. He later became president of Paramount Pictures. After leaving Paramount in 1990, Ganis became president of marketing and distribution at Columbia Pictures. He was eventually made chairman of the studio. In 1996 he stepped down from that position to produce his own films. His company, Out of the Blue Entertainment, remains active at Columbia
Vasilis Georgiadis (Greek: Βασίλης Γεωργιάδης; 12 August 1921 – 30 April 2000) was a Greek film director and actor. His films The Red Lanterns (1963) and Blood on the Land (1966) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Vangelis Ploios (Greek: Βαγγέλης Πλοιός, born November 13, 1937 in Peristeri, Greece) is a Greek theatrical, film and television actor.
He was born in Peristeri northwest of Athens on November 13, 1937. He studied classic ballet at Elli Zouroudi's school. He made his first role in 1953 in the stage of the Rex Theatre in a dancing drama with Elli Zouroudi. He enrolled into the hypocritic by Dimitris Rontiris and phonetic studies and with Joseph Ritsiardis.
In 1956 he acquired his money and drilled as an actor into the outer talend and began his theatrical career.
Between 1998 and 1999, he entered the cycle of theatrical route at the Irodeio with the comedy of Aristophanes.
He also acted in all the roles, proses, operettas, variety, film and television. In 1978, he entered the Gounaraki-Baxter school and directed Peace by Aristophanes (with a children's production by Sofia Zarabouka) and roles with Lilliputian students at that school. His representation realized at the Akropol theatre with great success.
During the era, his direction worked himself into theatre and in film, with all the large and worthy artists of the time and had a brotherly role and actor Dinos Iliopoulos.
Dimitris Papamichael (Greek: Δημήτρης Παπαμιχαήλ; born 1934 in Athens; died 8 August 2004 in Athens) was a famous Greek actor and director. He married Aliki Vougiouklaki, the national star of Greece for a decade, in 1965 and co-starred with her in films that marked the "golden era" of Greek cinema.
George Kotsonaros (Greek: Γεώργιος Κωτσονάρος; born October 16, 1892 in Nafplio, Greece; died July 13, 1933 in Eutaw, Alabama) was a Greek-born film actor. He acted mostly in silent pictures.
His swarthy, menacing face—and pugilist's rearranged nose—got him many roles as a tough guy or a prizefighter at a time when boxing movies were a flourishing sub-genre due to the sport's huge popularity with the public.
Most of Kotsonaros's films are today considered lost, as is the case with most silent films. Later, Kotsonaros began a career in professional wrestling. On July 13, 1933, Kotsonaros was driving through Alabama when his car overturned, killing him.
Spiros Focás (Greek: Σπύρος Φωκάς) (born 17 August 1937) is a Greek actor who, in a career extending for over half-century, has appeared in over two hundred films (Rambo III, The Jewel of the Nile) and episodes of television series.
Born in Patras, Greece's third-largest urban area and the regional capital of West Greece region, Spiros Focás made his initial screen appearances at the age of 22, when he acted in four films produced in 1959. Among the directors for whom he worked are Luchino Visconti, Vincente Minnelli and Ferdinando Baldi. In 2011 he has been performing in Lords of Magic and is scheduled for another title, planned for 2012 release, The Family Inheritance.
Hristos Tsaganeas (Greek: Χρήστος Τσαγανέας; 1906 – July 2, 1976) was a Greek actor and a cinematographer.
Tsaganeas was born in Brăila, Romania on July 2, 1906 and died on July 2, 1976. He starred in several movies, his most famous role being the college headmaster in To xylo vgike ap' ton paradeiso. His first important role was in The Germans are Coming with Vassilis Logothetidis. Later he starred in Anthropoi, Anthropoi and Pros ti to missos ke o allilosparagmos. He married his second wife Nitsa Tsaganea. After his death, he was buried in the First cemetery where Vasilis Tsitsanis was later buried in the same spot.
John Anthony Aniston (born Yannis Anastasakis, July 24, 1933) is a Greek-American actor and the father of actress Jennifer Aniston. He is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played continually since then.
Aniston was born Yannis Anastassakis (Greek: Γιάννης Αναστασάκης) in Chania on the island of Crete, the son of Stella Joanne (October 1, 1899 — November 7, 1992) and Antonios Anastassakis (January 17, 1889 — May, 1965). His father anglicized his name when he emigrated to the United States when Aniston was two, and his parents opened a restaurant in Chester, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts, served in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer on active duty in Panama and later in the reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He had his daughter, Jennifer Aniston (born February 11,1969), with his first wife, Nancy Dow, and also has a son, Alexander, from his second wife, Sherry Rooney Aniston.
He has appeared in soap operas almost continually since 1975, when he joined the cast of Love of Life as Eddie
Nikos Kourkoulos (Greek: Νίκος Κούρκουλος; December 5, 1934, Athens, Greece – January 30, 2007) was a highly respected Greek theatrical and film performer, one of the most talented and recognizable actors in Greece of modern times. Kourkoulos is best known to Greek audiences for playing "Angelos Kreouzis" in Oratotis miden, but he also appeared in other movies such as To Homa vaftike kokkino, Exodos kindynou, O Astrapogiannos, O Katiforos among others.
Nikos Kourkoulos grew up in the Athens district of Zografou. Sports and football were his loves. He belonged to Panathinaikos roster during his school years. Acting came before him rather accidentally. As he himself had claimed, he took the plunge to become an actor after reading books on theatre.
He studied acting at the National Theatre of Greece's School of Drama, and made his stage debut in a 1958 Athens production of Alexandre Dumas, fils' La dame aux camélias, opposite Ellie Lambeti and Dimitris Horn.
He was one of the founders of the prestigious musical group, Proskinio and appeared in the 1967 Broadway musical, Illya Darling, with Melina Mercouri, in a role for which he was nominated for a Tony award as a best supporting
Nikos Sergianopoulos (Greek: Νίκος Σεργιανόπουλος; 24 September 1952 – 4 June 2008), surname also spelled as Seryanopoulos or Seryiannopoulos, was a Greek actor.
Born in Drama, Greece, he graduated from the State Theater of Northern Greece (ΚΘΒΕ) and was a founding member of the Piramatiki Skini Tehnis artwork club in Thessaloniki. He took part in numerous theatrical and television productions and gained recognition for his role in the popular television series of Mega Channel Dio Xenoi (1997–98).
Sergianopoulos was found murdered in his apartment on the morning of 4 June 2008, in Pagkrati, a central district of Athens. According to police evidence he was a victim of homicide, suffering a total of twenty-one stab wounds. His apartment was found in disarray and the number of beer bottles and drinks glasses at the scene suggested Sergianopoulos had visitors the previous day. His front door was not damaged; a fact that suggests that the murderers already knew the victim and had entered with his consent. Police believe the attack was carried out by two people. The fact that Sergianopoulos had been arrested for drug possession in the Kolonos area in December 2007 may be related to the
Stelios Mainas (Greek: Στέλιος Μάινας; born October 1, 1957 in Ermoupoli, Syros) is a Greek actor. He graduated drama school in 1982 and has been working as a stage, cinema and television actor ever since. His first film role was in the 1984 movie Loafing and Camouflage. He became widely known in Greece from the comedy series Oi Men Kai Oi Den and the 1998 road movie Valkanisateur. He has also appeared in movies like Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002) and A Touch of Spice (2003). He is married to actress Katia Sperelaki.They have one son.
Alexander Scourby (November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985) was a well-known American radio and TV announcer, as well as an actor in Soap Operas. He is probably most remembered as the narrator for NBC's 1954 "Victory at Sea" documentary series and many filmed Bible stories. Starting in radio series, radio announcing, then television announcing, his distinctive baritone graced several National Geographic productions and other documentary films.
He is credited with well over 100 Talking Books, has tape-recorded the entire King James Bible, and appeared with long-time wife and actress Lori March in the soap opera "Secret Storm". He also recorded the entire Yusuf Ali English translation of the Quran
Argiris Kavidas (Greek: Αργύρης Καβίδας; October 9, 1976 – September 12, 2010) was a Greek actor and director best known for his role in the 2009 Greek dramatic film, Strella, which is also known by the international title, A Woman's Way. Kavidas portrayed Nikos in the film. Kavidas also appeared in several other films and theater productions during his career.
Kavidas died of cardiac arrest in Athens on September 12, 2010, at the age of 33.
Michalis Nikolakos or Mihalis Nikolakkos (Greek: Μιχάλης Νικολινάκος, 1923 – 1994) was a Greek theatrical and cinematic actor. He was born in 1923 in Alyka, Laconia, in the southeastern Peloponnese. In his childhood years, he moved to Piraeus. After 1946, he studied both at the art school and the drama school of the Athens Odeum, where he had a student, the great Dimitris Rontiris. He was very famous and as cartoon artist with works in magazines. He died in Athens in 1994.
Theodore Zouboulidis (born c. 1981), credited as Theo Alexander, is a Greek actor appearing on stage, in film and on television. He had a role in the 2007 Greek film El Greco, but is perhaps best known internationally for his multi-episode appearance as Talbot in U.S. supernatural drama series True Blood.
He was born Theodore Zouboulidis in Greece.
Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business science from Boston University, a private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. He then enrolled to study acting in New York City, New York, at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, a private drama school associated with the Circle in the Square Theatre and, as such, the only accredited school attached to a Broadway theatre. He first appeared in television series such as CSI: NY and Pushing Daisies, but his career took off in 2007 with the episode "Chuck vs. the sausages" of the television series Chuck, where he played the role of the Greek mafioso Demitrios Stavros.
Giorgos Velentzas (Greek: Γιώργος Βελέντζας; born in 1927) is a Greek actor.
He studied at the Dramatic School at the Athens Odeum. He starred in the movie Ochyro 27 in 1948 and made his first in his emphasis in the cinema and at the theatre in 1948 (V. Argyropoulou Company) with the work I apagogi tou Smaragdos. He also worked alongside with the companies of Vembo, Avlonitis, Vasileiadou, Rizos, Voutsas, Chatzichristos, Veggos, etc. He is characteristically made a role in the movie Apo pou pana gia to havouza, in which his brother of unforgotten Anna Mantzourani in the movie The Charlatan with Thanassia Veggos, he also starred with his father master-Lefteris, Velentzas did several police roles. He also starred as a soldier for many times, mostly as a police role. He was educated with a great voice, in many Greek movies from 1950 until 1970 and also appeared on television (Mikro spiti sto livadi), he also made an important speech at the radio. For his appearance in Zoi harisameni in 1993 he won the award for his second role at the Thessaloniki Greek Film Festival. He also appeared in the ANT1 program Konstantinou and Elenis as the father of Matina.
Filopimin Finos (Greek: Φιλοποίμην Φίνος; 1908 – January 26, 1977) was a Greek film producer of 186 films and the founder of Finos Film, whose first film was in 1939. He built the first sound recording device in Greece, and shot the first colour film with stereo sound. Finos died in January 1977 after a seven-year illness, leaving no heir.
Aris Maliagros (Greek: Άρης Μαλιαγρός; also Aris Malliagros; August 17, 1895 in Argostoli on the island of Kefalonia – December 18, 1984) was a Greek actor who played several aristocratic roles. He was famous as the "master with the monocle".
He was born on the island of Kefalonia and studied at the school in the National Theatre. He appeared in theatre for the first time at Fioro of Levante (1914). Later, he played in Christinaki (1916). A Chocolate Soldier (1918–19), Butterfly (1919–1920), The Dance Countess (1922), The Misanthrope, Hamlet, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Arravoniasmata, etc. He entered into the "Greek Scene" in 1950 and at the National Theatre from 1950 and acted in Erotic Games, The Star of Seville, Difficult, Acharnis, etc.
Giannis Vogiatzis (Greek: Γιάννης Βογιατζής; born 1926; nicknamed Lalakis) is a Greek actor.
Vogiatzis Lalakis was born in Aitoliko in Aetolia-Acarnania in 1926. He studied at the Dramatic School at the Royal Theatre and for one space at the Industrial Degree. He first appeared in theatre in 1955, immediately after he graduated from the school in the works of William Shakespeare, The Merchants In Venice at the Dionyssia Theatre (Theater).
At cinematography, Vogiatzis did his first appearance in 1957 in the movie Laterna, Ftoheia kai Garyfallo. He also worked himself in many theatrical role a few times. His rich vein of comedy that he cleaned in the back common of the broadcaster in film and television (I gitonia mas and O oniroparmenos).
Vogiatzis has acted in 68 movies, mainly in comedic films. His favourite productions include: I gynaiks mou trelathike, Mia Italida ap' tin Kypseli, Despoinis Dievthyntis, Ena koritsi gia dyo, I Marina ki o Kontia, Tha se Kano Vasilissa, Nyhta Gamou (Night Wedding), The Mother's Chile and O Mikes Pantrevetai.
He is the cousin and synomous of the actor and singer (artist) Giannis Vogiatzis
Apostolos (Tolis) Voskopoulos (Greek: Τόλης Βοσκόπουλος) (born 26 July 1940, Kokkinia, Piraeus) is one of the legends of modern Greek music. He also starred in many films and played in the Theatre in Athens.
One of Voskopoulos' greatest theatrical hits was Oi Erastes tou Oneirou (Dream Lovers), which he performed opposite Zoe Laskari. He now resides in Corfu Greece, where he gives concerts from time to time, some of them for charitable purposes. One of his latest charitable events was a spectacular free concert at the historic Palaio Frourio in Corfu in the summer of 2005.
Voskopoulos is married to former minister Angela Gerekou.
Apostolakis Lazopoulos (Greek: Λάκης Λαζόπουλος) is a Greek playwright, actor and songwriter. His birth name is Apostolos Lazopoulos (Greek: Απόστολος Λαζόπουλος), Lakis being a diminutive. Lazopoulos was ranked 83rd by the public in Skai TV's Great Greeks in 2009. In 2010, Forbes ranked Lazopoulos as the most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece.
Lakis Lazopoulos was born in Larissa, Greece, where he received his primary and secondary school education. He then entered the School of Law at the University of Thrace and in 1984 received his Master’s degree from the University of Thessaloniki. Rather than practicing Law however, he chose to devote himself exclusively to acting, which had by this time won him over.
In 1979 he writes his first script for the revue “SOMETHING’S COOKING IN GIPSYLAND”, in which he stars with the Thessalic Theatre. “SAY GOODBYE, IT’S ALL OVER NOW” soon followed with tremendous success and thus Lakis Lazopoulos joins the Free Theatre of Athens with whom he performs “WHY PEOPLE ARE HAPPY”, followed by yet another successful revue, “CHANGE AND CRAZE”.
The political situation at the time triggers the production of four revues of a more
Labros Filippou was born in Karditsa, Greece, in 1981. He is an actor-performer and a counter tenor. Studied theatre and participated in films(Casus Belli ..Venice festival 2010) , tv series and several theatrical performances as an actor, performer and singer (counter tenor) (..such as : Akropolis Reconstruction(Theseum Ensemble), Who is mr. Kelerman ..a visit to "The Tower" by Kafka F. (Theseum Ensemble), Dying as a country by Dimitriades D. (Athens Festival 2007 & 2008, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels 2008, Wiener Festwochen 2008, Warsaw Festival 2008,ODEON Paris 2009), 2004 a year after (Theseum Ensemble )..all directed by Marmarinos M. ). Labros also studied classical singing with soprano J. Drivala and tenor G. Samartzis and modern singing with S. Noiti (SLS ). He was given the Best Performing Award at the Singing Festival of Thesalloniki, 2008 . He participated in live concerts with Maraveyas ilegal and Tilemachos Mousas quartet, as a guest singer, singing ethnic and experimental classical opera. He has also worked with Julia Kent (from "Antony and the Johnsons"), for Tilemachos Moussas' cd, "Newborn". He is a co-founder and a singer in the band YIANNEIS http://myspace.com/yianneis. For more of his activities, you can watch his videos (films, tv series etc.) at http://www.myspace.com/labrosfilippou1 ..-
Nico Minardos (born February 15, 1930 in Pangrati, Athens, Greece, died August 27, 2011 in Woodland Hills, California), was a Greek-American actor.
Nico Minardos made his first appearance in front of the Hollywood cameras as an extra in the 1952 film Monkey Business, starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe. Also listed among his film credits are Holiday for Lovers with Jill St. John; Twelve Hours to Kill with Barbara Eden; It Happened in Athens with Jayne Mansfield; and Cannon for Cordoba, an action-packed western with George Peppard and Pete Duel.
The majority of Minardos' work, however, was in television, where he made guest appearances in a wide variety of shows. Because of his dark looks and accent, he was often cast as a Mexican, a trend which can be seen throughout his career. These roles included that of a thief in the Maverick episode, "The Judas Mask"; a doctor in The Twilight Zone episode "The Gift"; and two roles in the TV show Alias Smith and Jones, first as a bandit chief in "Journey from San Juan," and then as the Alcalde of a Mexican resort town in "Miracle at Santa Marta." These latter two appearances reunited him with Cannon for Cordoba co-star, Pete
Orestis Makris (Greek: Ορέστης Μακρής; September 30, 1898 – January 29, 1975) was a Greek actor and tenor.
He graduated from the Greek Odeum of Athens and first entered the scene as a tenor in the troupe of Rosalia Nika in 1925. He later joined the Papaioannou troupe, before moving to more humoristic roles. Makris excelled in the portrayal of folk characters, especially the stock role of the "drunkard". Makris also participated in some forty movies, mostly as an over-strict father. He is considered one of the most significants modern Greek actors.
He was decorated with the Order of the Phoenix. He died on January 29, 1975 in Athens and is buried at the First Cemetery in a family grave.
Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962), best known as Tommy Lee, is an American musician and founding member of glam metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Bergen and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
Lee was born on October 3, in Athens, Greece, as Thomas Lee Bass, the son of David Oliver Bass, a US Army serviceman of Welsh descent, and Vassiliki Papadimitriou, a 1957 Miss Greece contestant. His family moved to West Covina, California one year after his birth. He received his first drum when he was four and his first drum kit when he was a teenager. Lee has one younger sister, Athena Lee (Athena Michelle Bass, b. 1964), who was married to James Kottak, the drummer for the band Scorpions and she was also the drummer of his solo band KrunK.
As a teen he listened to Queen, Kiss, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest. After listening to Kiss, his main drum influence became Peter Criss. After transferring from South Hills High School (West Covina, California); he joined the marching band at Royal Oak High School (now
Constantinos Hilas (also Konstantinos Hilas; Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Χειλάς) is a Greek film director and actor. He was born in Athens, Greece, on March 18, 1991.
Constantinos Hilas was born at noon on the 18th of March 1991 in Athens, Greece. The son of the jewellery designer Maria Fameli and the poet, composer, writer and actor Pericles Hilas, Constantinos Hilas grew up in an environment that significantly encouraged artistic creation and involvement with the arts. Therefore his decision to study at the Gerakas High School of the Arts -from which he graduated in 2009- came as no surprise.
At the age of 15 he displayed his acting skills by starring in Vassilis Yatsis' short film "The Final Night" in 2006, which was awarded at the 29th International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece. Constantinos Hilas has written and directed two short films of his own, the first of which being a 3 minutes' creation titled "The Lamp", while the second one, with total time 13' and titled "Serenity on Krinon Street", was subsidized by the Greek Film Centre under the project First Step, pertaining to young directors 12–23 years old. "Serenity on Krinon Street", a film querying the creative process and
Christoforos Nezer (Greek: Χριστόφορος Νέζερ; 1887 – 19 February 1970) was a Greek actor.
He was descended from the Bavarian Nezer family, who came to Greece with King Otto, and the cousin of actress Marika Nezer. He was a self-taught actor and played a leading role in the establishment of National Theatre of Greece.
Tzavalas Karousos (Greek: Τζαβαλάς Καρούσος; September 8, 1904 – January 3, 1969) was a Greek actor.
He was born in Lefkada and first acted in the theatre by the Veakis-Nezer (Nesser) theatrical company. With theatrical studies in France and other European countries, he played at the National Theatre during the golder period of Fotos Politis, after the war, he took part at the theatrical company and used with the actions of the Greek Folklore Theatre with Manos Katrakis.
He first acted in the National Theatre and succeeded Aimilios Veakis, Karoussos moved and substantially entered agonistically for a democratic idea. He switched almost to the modern Greek work and first starred in many Greek movies (I zavoliara, Orgi, Antigone, Anthropos yia oles tis doulies, Faidra, etc.) His tole which made hin the Shylock in The Merchants of Venice by Shakespeare, he later finished his acting careed due to the dictatorship, he last appeared at the Piraeus Public Theatre. He left for Paris.
Alex Papps (born 11 February 1969) is an Australian actor and television host, who is best known for his role on soap opera Home and Away and as a host of The Factory. He is currently a host on the ABC's children's show Play School, alongside his former Home and Away girlfriend, Justine Clarke.
In 1988 he won the Logie Award for the best new talent, and later graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Christoforos Nezer (Greek: Χριστόφορος Νέζερ; 1903 – 1996) was a Greek actor and brother of Marika Nezer.
He was descended from the Bavarian Nezer family, which came to Greece with King Otto. He took part in several movies under the director Theodoros Angelopoulos.
George Regas (November 9, 1890 – December 13, 1940) was a Greek actor.
Born in Sparta, Greece, he was the brother of actor Pedro Regas. He was a stage actor in Athens before coming to the U.S. In New York he played Romeo in a Grecian version of Romeo and Juliet.
In 1921 Regas acted in his first motion picture: The Love Light with Mary Pickford. This film was produced by Pickford's production company. He would go on to create character roles in over one hundred films. His rugged looks and Mediterranean complexion allowed him to play a wide variety of nationalities in action and adventure films. He was married to actress Reine Davies, who was sister to Marion Davies.
Regas died after an operation for a throat infection on December 13, 1940 in Hollywood, California, at age fifty. His last film role was Sergeant Gonzales in The Mark of Zorro. He is entombed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery alongside his brother.
Alex Dimitriades (born 28 December 1973) is a Greek Australian film and television actor.
Dimitriades was born in Sydney, the son of first generation Greek immigrants and is the youngest of three siblings (He has a brother, George, and a sister, Melinda). He grew up in the suburb of Earlwood. His parents divorced when he was twelve.
Dimitriades began his career in the 1993 Australian film The Heartbreak Kid.
Dimitriades played the protagonist Ari in the Ana Kokkinos film Head On (1998). Dimitriades' performance in the role was critically acclaimed and earned him an AFI Award nomination. He appeared in the Australian comedies Let's Get Skase (2001) and La Spagnola (2001). He has had roles in the Hollywood films Ghost Ship (2002) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005). He also starred in the Greek film (To Gamilio Party) (English Title "(Bang Bang Wedding)"; 2008). In his latest film, Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos (opened on 20 May 2010) he stars as Mihali, a smooth talking, immaculately dressed Mykonos mogul. He has recently completed shooting the film Summer Code starring alongside Rachael Taylor.
After making his acting career in the film The Heartbreak Kid, he starred in the
Dionysis Papagiannopoulos (1912 – 17 April 1984) was one of the most talented and loved (by Greek people) actors in Greece. He was born in Diakopto in the northeastern part of Achaea in 1912. He studied at the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece (Ethniko Theatro) in Athens and made his stage debut in 1938, appearing as the Knight in William Shakespeare’s King Lear. He excelled in Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the Grave Digger and in Dimitris Psathas’ Fonazei o Kleftis as General Solon Karaleon.
Dionysis Papagiannopoulos acted in all types of plays and appeared in more than 120 films in supporting and leading roles. One of his leading roles in cinema was O Kyr Giorgis Ekpaidevetai (Mr.Giorgis is educated) (1977) which was the last film made by Finos Film and marked the end of an era. He also worked for television. One of his biggest successes was his role once again as Mr Giorgis for the television show Louna Park. He was an actor with an enormous talent and incredible acting techniques. He always left a strong impression in all the roles he had, comical and dramatic. Remarkable was his work in the play To Megalo mas Tsirko by Iakovos Kambanelis, in which he portrayed Theodoros
Giorgos Fountas (Greek: Γιώργος Φούντας; 1922 – November 28, 2010) was a Greek actor in film and television.
He attended the Dramatic School at the Athens Odeum. He played football for some years for AEK Athens FC. He appeared for the first time in the theatre in Nyfiatiko tragoudi ("Bridal Song") and his first film in 1944. He was awarded at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 1966 and 1967 for his participation in his films With the Shine in the Eyes and Fever on the Road.
He remained popular and he is best remembered for his role in the movie Stella with Melina Mercouri where he pronounced one quote, which was satyrized in the movie Straight Story in 2006.
He also appeared on several TV roles.
Giannis Mihalopoulos (Greek: Γιάννης Μιχαλόπουλος; born 1927) is a Greek actor.
Mihalopoulos was born in Athens in 1927. He mostly acted in supporting roles. He has appeared in many movies, his most famous being Ah afti i yineka mou, and Anthropos yia oles tis doulies. He has also played many roles on television; his most famous was Orkisteite parakalo in which he acted as a judge in a court.
Tony Nikolakopoulos is a Greek Australian film, television and theatre actor. He is best known for his work in the films of Nick Giannopoulos, The Wog Boy and The Wannabes, and for his role as Attilio in the television series Scooter: Secret Agent. He has also performed in stage plays, including Cafe Rebetika in 2009.
Vasilis Avlonitis (Greek: Βασίλης Αυλωνίτης; 1 January 1904 – 10 March 1970) was one of the most famous old-school Greek comedians. He performed in numerous films and stage productions in the mid to late 1900s.
Vasilis Avlonitis is best known for his collaboration in films with Georgia Vasiliadou, he usually plays her husband, brother or neighbour. Together they would cause laugh since he portrays the fat guy and she would be the ugly funny lady having problems with him. They would get calm at the end of the film, by resolving their arguments and/or marrying each other.
Avlonitis has also carried demanding drama roles, such as the leading character in the film "Tis nyhtas ta kamomata".