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b. September 16, 1934 (81 years old)
Norwood, Ohio, USA
Son of Greek immigrants, he studied at the American Dance School and at twelve he made his debut as a chorus in SONG OF LOVE (1947) with Katharine Hepburn. After high school, he reaped enthusiastic ovation in nightclubs in “Caesar’s Palace” in Las Vegas and “Harrah’s Club” in Lake Tahoe, attended singing lessons and acting and during the day he worked as a salesman in a department store in Los Angeles. Several years appeared smaller roles dancers and choir singers. For example featured in the musical numbers Marilyn Monroe “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). As a dancer he participated Curtizovy production of White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Minnelliho Brigadoon and we can see him in the star cast drama (Grace Kelly Crosby, Holden) from the theater GIRL OF RURAL (all 1954). In 1957, he debuted as a character actor in the war drama UNDER FIRE.
In 1958 he traveled to New York with the hope that it will succeed on Broadway. Heard that Jerome Robbins occupies a London performance of “West Side Story”, he volunteered and got the leading role in Riffa, gang leader “jet”. On the stage of London’s West End then this musical role has spent almost two years. His greatest success came unambiguously famous Wise’s film version of West side Story (1961), the role of leader of the “sharks” Bernard, for which he eventually received a Golden globe and an Academy Award for “best Supporting actor”. in 1963 he starred as “doctor” alongside Charlton Heston in drama DIAMOND HEAD and alongside Claudia Cardinale in crime BUBOVO girl. He also starred in the musical Demy missy Rochefort (1967) alongside legendary dancer Gene Kelly, Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac.
Chakiris appeared on Broadway, on television and in the early ’60s it began to try as popvý singer. The result was a couple of minor hits and several recordings ( “George Chakiris,” “Memories Are Made of These,” “The Gershwin Song Book,” “West Side Story’s Dynamic …”). How waned film offers, she focused on the series. For example, guested on “Hawaii Five-O” (1968), “Wonder Woman” (1976), “CHiPs” (1977), “Murder, She Wrote” (1984), and in 1985-86 he joined the ensemble of the popular ” Dallas “(1978). Professor Peterson featured in the first two seasons of adventure sci-fi series “Superboy” (1988-1990) and last (1996) flashed in the British sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine” (1973). On stage at that time were the plays and musicals like “The King and I” and “Jane Eyre.” Since then only occasionally gave television interviews, most of the time is spent making silver jewelry, a hobby that became his job later.