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  • Telly Savalas

    Born on January 21, 1922 in Garden City, New York

awards & nominations

Kojak (1973)

Telly Savalas as "Lt. Theo Kojak"

Who loves ya, baby? That would be Theo Kojak, the bald, lollipop-sucking New York detective who isn't afraid to bend the rules to bust the bad guys. Cynical but upbeat, Kojak not only has a talent for detecting, he also is blessed with perfect parking karma - he is always able to find a parking space right at the crime scene, even in Manhattan. Now that's power.

Golden Globe (1978) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Golden Globe (1977) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Golden Globe (1976) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Emmy (Primetime) (1975) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (1975) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Emmy (Primetime) (1974) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Battle of the Bulge (1965)

Telly Savalas as "Sgt. Guffy"

American Lt. Col. Dan Kiley (Henry Fonda), a military intelligence whiz, discovers that the Nazis are planning to attack Allied forces near Belgium. Certain that the exhausted enemy can't muster much force, Gen. Joe Grey (Robert Ryan) isn't convinced by Kiley's findings, and his men pay the price when the German tanks begin their offensive. In the heat of this key World War II battle, Kiley must come up with a plan when it becomes clear that the Nazis are trying to steal fuel from the Allies.

Golden Globe (1965) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Telly Savalas as "Feto Gomez"

Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud develops an interest in caring for birds and becomes a talented ornithologist. After publishing a book on bird diseases from jail, he meets and marries Stella (Betty Field), a fellow bird enthusiast. When Stroud is suddenly moved to Alcatraz, though, his marriage and work are both threatened.

Academy Award (1962) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1962) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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