Telly Savalas

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Telly Savalas
Birth name Aristotelis Savalas
Born January 21, 1924 in Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA
Died January 22, 1994 in University City, California, USA from bladder cancer
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Contents

Biography

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Kojak Theo Kojak 1973–1978 1 2 3 4 5
The French Atlantic Affair Father Craig Dunleavy 1979 miniseries

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Naked City Gabe Hoby 2x05 - To Walk in Silence November 9, 1960
The United States Steel Hour Himself 8x09 - Operation Northstar December 28, 1960
The Untouchables Wally Baltzer 2x20 - The Antidote March 9, 1961
The New Breed Dr. Buel Reed 1x05 - The Compulsion to Confess October 31, 1961
The Untouchables Matt Bass 3x05 - The Matt Bass Scheme November 9, 1961
Cain's Hundred Frank Neehan 1x10 - In the Balance November 28, 1961
The Dick Powell Show Sgt. Marius 1x11 - Three Soldiers December 5, 1961
The Detectives Ben Willis 3x10 - Escort December 15, 1961
Ben Casey Officer George Dempsey 1x12 - A Dark Night for Billy Harris December 18, 1961
Cain's Hundred Harry Remick 1x24 - Savage in Darkness March 27, 1962
The Untouchables Leo Stazak 4x14 - The Speculator January 8, 1963
The Eleventh Hour Ben Cohen 1x21 - A Tumble from a High, White Horse February 27, 1963
Empire Tibor 1x27 - Arrow in the Sky April 9, 1963
77 Sunset Strip Brother Hendricksen 6x04 - 5 (4) October 11, 1963
The Twilight Zone Erich Streator 5x06 - Living Doll November 1, 1963
Burke's Law Fakir George O'Shea 1x11 - Who Killed Purity Mather? December 6, 1963
The Fugitive Polichek 1x18 - Where the Action Is January 28, 1964
Burke's Law Charlie Prince 1x21 - Who Killed His Royal Highness? February 21, 1964
Channing Paul Atherton 1x20 - A Claim to Immortality February 26, 1964
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Philadelphia Harry 2x23 - A Matter of Murder April 3, 1964
Combat! Colonel Kapsalis 3x02 - Vendetta September 22, 1964
The Rogues Himself 1x04 - Viva Diaz! October 4, 1964
Burke's Law Richard Goldtooth 2x22 - Who Killed the Man on the White Horse? February 17, 1965
The Fugitive Victor Leonetti 2x25 - May God Have Mercy March 16, 1965
Bonanza Charles Hackett 6x29 - To Own the World April 18, 1965
Run for Your Life Istvan Zabor 1x04 - How to Sell Your Soul for Fun and Profit October 1, 1965
The Virginian Col. Bliss 4x17 - Men with Guns January 12, 1966
The Fugitive Keller 3x20 - Stroke of Genius February 1, 1966
Combat! Jon 5x18 - Anniversary January 24, 1967
The F.B.I. Ed Clementi 2x25 - The Executioners (1) March 12, 1967
The F.B.I. Ed Clementi 2x26 - The Executioners (2) March 19, 1967
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre Mueller 4x23 - Don't Wait for Tomorrow April 19, 1967
Cimarron Strip Bear 1x04 - The Battleground September 28, 1967
Alice Himself 4x01 - Has Anyone Here Seen Telly? September 23, 1979
The Equalizer Brother Joseph Heiden 3x01 - Blood & Wine (1) September 23, 1987
The Equalizer Brother Joseph Heiden 3x02 - Blood & Wine (2) September 23, 1987
The Commish Tommy Collette 2x11 - The Frame December 19, 1992
The Commish Tommy Collette 2x16 - Family Business (1) February 20, 1993
The Commish Tommy Collette 2x17 - Out of Business (2) February 27, 1993

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Telly... Who Loves Ya Baby? Himself February 18, 1976
Joys Himself March 5, 1976

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson May 12, 1964
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson November 5, 1964
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson March 4, 1970
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson November 20, 1970
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson April 3, 1973
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson April 30, 1973
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson June 18, 1973
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Show 13096 May 20, 1974
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson June 23, 1975
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Show 15027 February 6, 1976
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Show 24176 December 5, 1985

Director

Series Episode Airdate Credit
Kojak 2x14 - The Betrayal December 15, 1974
Kojak 2x25 - I Want to Report a Dream March 9, 1975
Kojak 3x08 - Over the Water November 9, 1975
Kojak 4x22 - Kiss It All Goodbye February 22, 1977
Kojak 5x22 - In Full Command March 18, 1978

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 4 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1974)
Kojak

Golden Globe Awards

(2 Wins in 6 Nominations)

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama (1975, 1976)
Kojak

Quotes

  • "Who loves ya, baby?" - his famous line from Kojak

Trivia