Oct. 2, 1985 Westwood Los Angeles County California, USA
Actor. Born George Desmosthenes Savalas. During World War II he was a gunner in the US Navy and served in the Pacific theater. After studying drama at the Columbia University drama school, he successfully embarked on a career as a stage actor and acting instructor. He was also briefly the drummer for the Clyde McCoy Big Band. George got his start acting on Dick Powell Theater and went on to guest star in other televison series. Later on he acted in several films "Ghengis Khan" and "Kelly's Heroes" being the most notable. He was best known for his role as curly haired Detective Stavros on the television series "Kojak" (1973 to 1978). Co-starring with his brother Telly Savalas, he was billed as Demosthenes in the end credits to avoid confusion. After the "Kojak" series he recorded a top-10 Greek language record and toured with his band at different venues including Carnegie Hall. Savalas once again returned to the stage, appearing in many off-Broadway plays before retiring due to leukemia, the cause of his death at 60. (bio by: Priscilla)
Beloved Husband And Father, Devoted Son, Loyal Brother, And Loving Uncle. He Brought Strength To His Family And Honor To His Country. We Cherish His Memory.