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George Chakiris ACTOR


George Chakiris was born on September 16th, 1934 in Norwood, Ohio and began his interest in acting as a child actor.  By the age of twelve he debuted in his first film, "Song of Love" (1947) starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker and Leo G. Carroll, followed by an un-credited role as a dancer in, "The Great Caruso" (1951).

After gaining some more experience he began adding such musical film credits to his resume as, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell with Charles Coburn, "White Christmas" (1954) starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Dean Jagger, "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954) starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Mitzi Gaynor, Hugh O'Brian, Rhys Williams, Frank McHugh and Johnnie Ray, "The Girl Rush" (1955) starring Rosalind Russell, Fernando Lamas, Eddie Albert and Gloria DeHaven, "Brigadoon" (1954) starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse and Eddie Quillan and "Meet Me in Las Vegas" (1956) starring alongside Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey, Agnes Moorehead, Lili Darvas, Jim Backus, Oscar Karlweis, Liliane Montevecchi, Cara Williams with guest stars and cameo appearances by Jerry Colonna, Paul Henreid, Lena Horne, Frankie Laine, Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, Pier Angeli, Peter Lorre, Tony Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

In 1958 he made his Broadway debut in, "West Side Story" portraying the lead role of Riff.  He played this role for two years and later was cast in the film version in 1961 and featuring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and Simon Oakland.  As his career progressed he continued to add such credits to his resume as, "Diamond Head" (1963) starring Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, France Nuyen, Vaughn Taylor, Philip Ahn and James Darren, "Bebo's Girl" (1963) with Claudia Cardinale, "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967) co-starring starring Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly , "The Big Cube" (1969) co-starring Lana Turner and Richard Egan, "Why Not Stay for Breakfast?" (1979) also starring Gemm Craven and Yvonne Wilder and "Pale Blood" (1990).

In addition to his numerous film roles, Chakiris also appeared on a variety of television series such as, "Hawaii Five-O", "CHiPS", "Superboy", "Murder, She Wrote", "Dallas", "Medical Center", "Fantasy Island" and "Santa Barbara".

Along with his career as an actor he is also a talented vocalist and has released several records, "George Chakiris", "Memories Are Made of These", "The Gershwin Song Book" and "West Side Story's Dramatic".

Most recently he has returned to his love of working as a stage performer appearing in the musical, "The King and I" and "Jane Eyre".


1996         Last of the Summer Wine 
1995         Les filles du Lido
1992         Human Target 
1990         Pale Blood
1989-1990     The Adventures of Superboy
1989         Murder, She Wrote
1988         Santa Barbara
1985-1986     Dallas
1985         Hell Town
1984         One Life to Live
1984         Poor Little Rich Girls 
1984         Nihon no omokage 
1984         Scarecrow and Mrs. King 
1983-1984     Matt Houston 
1983         CHiPs
1978-1982     Fantasy Island 
1979         Why Not Stay for Breakfast?
1978         The New Adventures of Wonder Woman 
1970-1975     Medical Center 
1975         Ten from the Twenties
1974         Notorious Woman
1974         The Partridge Family
1974         Thriller
1972         Hawaii Five-O
1969         The Jackie Gleason Show
1969         The Big Cube
1968         The Day the Hot Line Got Hot
1968         Sharon vestida de rojo
1967         Kismet 
1967         The Young Girls of Rochefort
1966         Is Paris Burning?
1966         The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen
1964         McGuire, Go Home!
1964         633 Squadron
1964         Flight from Ashiya
1963         Bebo's Girl
1963         Kings of the Sun
1963         Diamond Head
1962         Two and Two Make Six
1961         Flower Drum Song
1961         West Side Story
1957         Under Fire
1956         Meet Me in Las Vegas
1955         The Girl Rush
1954         There's No Business Like Show Busines
1954         The Country Girl
1954         White Christmas
1954         Brigadoon
1953         Give a Girl a Break
1953         Second Chance
1953         Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
1953         The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
1952         Stars and Stripes Forever
1951         The Great Caruso
1947         Song of Love

Matinee Classics - Meet Me in Las Vegas starring Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Lili Darvas, Jim Backus, Oskar Karlweis, Liliane Montevecchi, Cara Williams, George Chakiris, Betty Lynn, Pete Rugolo, John Brascia, John Harding, Benny Rubin and Jack Daly
Matinee Classics - The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T starring Tommy Rettig, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Peter Lind Hayes, John Heasley, Robert Heasley, Noel Cravat and George Chakiris

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