Telly Savalas

Actor · Director · Writer
IVA Star Rating : 74
Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas was an American film and television actor and singer whose career spanned four decades. Noted for his resonant, deep voice and bald head, Savalas is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Theo Kojak in the police-drama series Kojak (1973–1978). He also released the British one-hit wonder song "If", which became a UK number-one single in 1975.

Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas was an American film and television actor and singer whose career spanned four decades. Noted for his resonant, deep voice and bald head, Savalas is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Theo Kojak in the police-drama series Kojak (1973–1978). He also released the British one-hit wonder song "If", which became a UK number-one single in 1975.

Birth Name

Aristotelis Savalas

Born

Saturday, 21 January 1922

Died

Saturday, 22 January 1994

Actor Filmography

Otto Retzer - der Film meines Lebens Self (archive footage) 2020
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Erich Streator (archive footage) 2017
Dante's Domicile Captain Kazan 2013
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s Himself 2012
Paul Williams Still Alive Himself 2011
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon Himself (archive footage) 2008
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files Blofeld (archive footage) 1997
Backfire! Most Evil Man 1995
The Extraordinary Himself 1994
Mind Twister Richard Howland 1994
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Otto Retzer - der Film meines Lebens Self (archive footage) 2020
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Erich Streator (archive footage) 2017
Dante's Domicile Captain Kazan 2013
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s Himself 2012
Paul Williams Still Alive Himself 2011
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon Himself (archive footage) 2008
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files Blofeld (archive footage) 1997
Backfire! Most Evil Man 1995
The Extraordinary Himself 1994
Mind Twister Richard Howland 1994
The Commish Tommy Collette, Tommy Colette 1991
Ein Schloß am Wörthersee Teddy 1990
Kojak: None So Blind Inspector Theo Kojak 1990
Kojak: It's Always Something Inspector Theo Kojak 1990
Kojak: Flowers For Matty Inspector Theo Kojak 1990
Kojak: Fatal Flaw Theo Kojak 1989
Kojak: Ariana Kojak 1989
The Hollywood Detective Harry Bell 1989
The Arsenio Hall Show Himself 1989
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Maj. Wright 1988
J.J. Starbuck The Greek 1987
The Wil Shriner Show Himself 1987
Faceless Terry Hallen 1987
The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission Maj. Wright 1987
Kojak: The Price of Justice Inspector Theo Kojak 1987
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords Magmar (voice) 1986
Alice in Wonderland The Cheshire Cat 1985
The Equalizer Brother Joseph Heiden 1985
George Burns Comedy Week 1985
Kojak: The Belarus File Lieutenant Theo Kojak 1985
The Cartier Affair Phil Drexler 1984
Cannonball Run II Hymie Kaplan 1984
Fake-Out Lt. Thurston 1982
American Playhouse Peter Panakos 1981
Hellinger's Law Nick Hellinger 1981
Border Cop Frank Cooper 1980
The John Davidson Show Himself 1980
The French Atlantic Affair Father Craig Dunleavy 1979
The Muppet Movie El Sleezo Tough 1979
Beyond The Poseidon Adventure Captain Stefan Svevo 1979
Tales of the Unexpected Joe Brisson 1979
Escape to Athena Zeno 1979
CBS: On the Air Co-host - part I 1978
Capricorn One Albain 1977
The Love Boat Dr. Fabian Cain 1977
Beyond Reason Dr. Nicholas Mati 1977
Alice Telly Savalas 1976
The Diahann Carroll Show Himself 1976
Killer Force Harry Webb 1976
Inside Out Harry Morgan 1975
The House of Exorcism Leandro 1975
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Telly Savalas Himself 1974
Dinah! Himself 1974
Tony Orlando and Dawn Himself 1974
Am laufenden Band Singer / Kojak 1974
Kojak Lt. Theo Kojak 1973
She Cried Murder Inspector Joe Brody 1973
Lisa and the Devil Leandro 1973
The Marcus-Nelson Murders Lt. Theo Kojack 1973
Senza ragione Memphis 1973
Jack Paar Tonite Himself 1973
A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die Maggiore Ward 1972
Visions... Lt. Phil Keegan 1972
The Killer Is on the Phone Ranko Drasovic 1972
Horror Express Capt. Kazan 1972
Sonny and Jed Sheriff Franciscus 1972
Crime Boss Don Vincenzo 1972
Steel Wreath Lieutenant Pete Tolstad 1971
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour Himself / Various Characters, Himself 1971
Clay Pigeon Redford 1971
A Town Called Hell Don Carlos 1971
Pretty Maids All In A Row Surcher 1971
Pancho Villa Pancho Villa 1971
Violent City Al Weber 1970
Kelly's Heroes Big Joe 1970
Land Raiders Vicente Cardenas 1970
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Blofeld 1969
The David Frost Show Himself 1969
Mackenna's Gold Sergeant Tibbs 1969
The Assassination Bureau Lord Bostwick 1969
ITV Saturday Night Theatre Gregor Antonescu 1969
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Walter Braddock 1968
The Scalphunters Jim Howie 1968
Sol Madrid Emil Dietrich 1968
The Carol Burnett Show Himself 1967
Cimarron Strip Bear 1967
Garrison's Gorillas Wheeler 1967
The Dirty Dozen Archer Maggott 1967
The Karate Killers Count Valeriano De Fanzini (archive footage) 1967
Beau Geste Sgt. Maj. Dagineau 1966
The Slender Thread Dr. Joe Coburn 1965
The Dean Martin Show Himself 1965
The F.B.I. Ed Clementi 1965
Run for Your Life Istvan Zabor 1965
Genghis Khan Shan 1965
Battle Of The Bulge Sgt. Guffy 1965
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Macmuid 1965
The Greatest Story Ever Told Pontius Pilate 1965
ABC's Nightlife Himself 1964
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Count Valeriano De Fanzini 1964
The Rogues Gen. Hector Jesus Diaz 1964
Fanfare For A Death Scene Ikhedai Khan 1964
The New Interns Dr. Dominick 'Dom' Riccio 1964
Einer wird gewinnen Himself 1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre Beret, Ramon Castillo / Raymond Castle 1963
Johnny Cool Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo 1963
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Mueller 1963
Burke's Law Balakirov aka Richard Goldtooth, Charlie Prince, Fakir George O'Shea 1963
Channing Paul Atherton 1963
The Fugitive Dan Polichek, Steve Keller, Victor Leonetti 1963
Breaking Point Vincenzo Gracchi 1963
Arrest and Trial Frank Santo 1963
Grindl Mr. Hartman 1963
Love Is a Ball Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle) 1963
The Man from the Diners' Club Foots Pulardos 1963
The Eleventh Hour Ben Cohen 1962
Combat! Colonel Kapsalis, Jon 1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself, Himself - Guest, Himself - Guest Host 1962
Empire Tibor 1962
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Philadelphia Harry 1962
The Virginian 'Colonel' Bliss 1962
The Interns Dr. Dominic Riccio 1962
Birdman Of Alcatraz Feto Gomez 1962
The Dakotas Jake Volet 1962
Cape Fear Private Detective Charles Sievers 1962
The Mike Douglas Show Himself - Actor 1961
Alcoa Premiere Mario Lombardi 1961
The New Breed Dr. Buel Reed 1961
Ben Casey George Dempsey 1961
The Dick Powell Theatre Sergeant Marius 1961
Cain's Hundred Frank Meehan, Harry Rennick 1961
King of Diamonds Jerry Larch, Massis 1961
The Young Savages Detective Lt. Gunderson 1961
Mad Dog Coll Lt. Darro 1961
Acapulco Mr. Carver 1961
The Sin of Jesus Felix (as Telli Savales) 1961
The Witness Al Capone, Lucky Luciano 1960
Here's Hollywood Himself 1960
The Aquanauts Paul Price 1960
Diagnosis: Unknown Irish Tony Salivarro 1960
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries 1960
The Detectives Ben Willis 1959
The Twilight Zone Erich Streator 1959
Sunday Showcase Cotton 1959
Bonanza Charles Augustus Hackett 1959
The Untouchables Leo Stazak, Matt Bass, Wally Baltzer 1959
77 Sunset Strip Brother Hendricksen 1958
Naked City Gabriel Hody 1958
The United States Steel Hour 1953
The Red Skelton Hour Tex 1951
Armstrong Circle Theatre Charles Rogan, Dieter Wisliceny, Dieter Wislieny, Father Dominique Georges Henn Pire 1950

Director Filmography

Beyond Reason 1977
Kojak 1973
1978 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Nominated
1977 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Nominated
1976 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Won
1975 Golden Globe Best TV Actor - Drama Won
1975 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Nominated
1974 Emmy Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series Won
1973 Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1966 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1963 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1963 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Nominated
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