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George Chakiris

 

Birthdate: 16 September 1934, Norwood, Ohio, USA.

Biography

He made his film debut at the age of 12 singing in the chorus of Song of Love (1947). Following his graduation from high school, George Chakiris supported his night-time dancing, singing and dramatic lessons with a daytime job clerking in a Los Angeles Department store. Later he started his acting/dancing career appearing in musicals such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) - he is one of the ballet dancers escorting Marylin Monroe in "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friends"- White Christmas (1954), The Girl Rush (1954), There Is No Business Like Show Business (1954), Brigadoon (1954), and Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956). In 1957 he made his debut as a dramatic actor in Under Fire . In 1958, he traveled to New York hoping for a broadway "break". Hearing that Jerome Robbins was casting the London company of West Side Story, he auditioned and was awarded the co-starring role of Riff. He played the part of Riff for almost two years on the West End stage before acting, singing and dancing as Bernardo in the Robert Wise ffilm (1961), a performance that earned him a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for best supporting actor (Santa Monica, April 9, 1962). Since then, he starred in a succession of films, including Diamond Head with Charlton Heston (1962), La Ragazza Di Bube with Claudia Cardinale (1963), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort with Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac and Gene Kelly (1967), The Big Cube with Lana Turner (1969), Why not stay for breakfast (1980), Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (1982), Pale Blood (1991). He is one of the most traveled stars in motion pictures : the locations have included Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, Italy, England, Spain and France. His nightclub career was launched to rave reviews at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and Harrah's Club in Lake Tahoe. In the 70s and 80s, his career focused on television and music. He appeared as guest star in several TV series such as Five-O (Death is a Company policy - 1972), The Return of Wonder Woman (Death in Disguise - 1978), CHiPs (Fox Trap - 1983), Scarecrow and Mrs King (Lost and Found - 1984), Murder She Wrote (Weave a Tangled Web - 1989) and joined the cast of Dallas (1985 - 1986). He has released several records : George Chakiris, Memories Are Made Of These, The Gershwin Song Book, West Side Story's Dynamic... Recently, George Chakiris appeared in a several plays and stage musicals : after "The King and I " in the US in 1995, he performed in Britain the role of Rochester in "Jane Eyre".
Author: K. Wiebe

Filmography

5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., The (1953) (as George Kerris) [Dancer]
633 Squadron (1964) [Lieutenant Erik Bergman] <2>
Big Cube, The (1969) [Johnny] <2>
Bourne to Dance (2001) (TV) (archive footage)Brigadoon (1954) (uncredited) [Dancer]
Demoiselles de Rochefort, Les (1967) [Etienne] <4>
Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans, Les (1993)Diamond Head (1962) [Dr. Dean Kahanna] <3>
Flight from Ashiya (1964) [Lieutenant John Gregg] <3>
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) (uncredited) [Dancer]
Girl Rush, The (1955) (uncredited) [Chorus boy, 'Hillbilly Heart' number]
Give a Girl a Break (1953) (uncredited) [Dancer]
Great Caruso, The (1951) (uncredited) [Dancer]
High Bright Sun, The (1965) [Haghios] <2>
Jekyll & Hyde... Together Again (1982) [Himself] <44>
Kings of the Sun (1963) [Balam] <2>
Kismet (1967) (TV) [The Caliph]
Kiss Me and Die (1974) (TV) <2>
Ladro della Gioconda, Il (1966) [Vincent]
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) (as George Kerris) [Young Groom] <9>
Pale Blood (1990) [Michael Fury] <1>
Paris brûle-t-il? (1966) [GI in Tank] <5>
Ragazza di Bube, La (1963) [Bebo] <2>
Return to Fantasy Island (1978) (TV) [Pierre]
Rouble à deux faces, Le (1968) [Eric Ericson] <3>
Second Chance (1953) (uncredited) [Background Observer in Dance Sequence]
Sharon vestida de rojo (1968)Song of Love (1947) (as George Kerris) [Choir boy]
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) (uncredited) [Ballroom Dancer]
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) (uncredited) [Dancer]
Two and Two Make Six (1961) [Larry Curado] <1>
Under Fire (1957) (as George Kerris) [Pvt. Steiner]
West Side Story (1961) [Bernardo] <5>
White Christmas (1954) (uncredited) [Dancer in 'Mandy' and 'Love' numbers]
Why Not Stay for Breakfast? (1979) [George Clark]
"Dallas" (1978) [Nicholas (1985-1986)]
"Filles du Lido, Les" (1995) (mini) [Saskia]
"Notorious Woman" (1974) (mini) [Frederic Chopin] <2>
"Santa Barbara" (1984) [Daniel Espinoza (1988)]
"Superboy" (1988) [Dr. Peterson]

Guest apperance(s)

  • '"Last of the Summer Wine" (1973)' , as ? (episode 'Extra! Extra! (Xmas Special ?) (96/1997)')
  • '"Last of the Summer Wine" (1973)' , as ? (episode 'Extra! Extra! (Xmas Special ?) (9/6/1997)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.15 'Microboy (1/27/1990)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.10 'Superboy's Deadly Touch (12/9/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.7 'Battle with Bizarro, The (11/18/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.6 'Bizarro... The Thing of Steel (11/11/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as Professor Peterson (episode 2.2 'Lex Luthor: Sentenced To Die! (10/14/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as Professor Peterson (episode 2.1 'With This Ring, I Thee Kill (10/7/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.14 'Revenge of the Alien (Part 2) (2/11/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.13 'Revenge of the Alien (Part 1) (2/4/1989)')
  • '"Superboy" (1988)' , as Professor Peterson (episode 1.12 'Kryptonite Kills (1/28/1989)')
  • '"Murder, She Wrote" (1984)' , as Eric Bowman (episode 5.10 'Weave a Tangled Web (1/15/1989)')
  • '"Santa Barbara" (1984)' , as Daniel Espinoza (1988)
  • '"Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (1983)' , as Angelo Spinelli (episode 1.12 'Lost and Found (1/16/1984)')
  • '"Matt Houston" (1982)' , as Clark Sawyer (episode 2.14 'Waltz of Death (1/13/1984)')
  • '"Matt Houston" (1982)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.20 'Showgirl Murders, The (3/20/1983)')
  • '"CHiPs" (1977)' , as Bernard DeJardine (episode 6.16 'Fox Trap (2/20/1983)')
  • '"CHiPs" (1977)' , as Bernard (episode 6.16 'Fox Trap (2/20/1983)')
  • '"Wonder Woman" (1976)' , as Carlo Indrezzano (episode 2.16 'Death In Disguise (2/10/1978)')
  • '"Partridge Family, The" (1970)' , as Capt. Chuck "Cuddles" Corwin (episode 4.22 'Anchors Aweigh (aka S.O.S.) (3/23/1974)')
  • '"Hawaii Five-O" (1968)' , as Chris Lahani (episode 5.1 'Death Is a Company Policy (9/12/1972)')
  • '"Jackie Gleason Show, The" (1966)' , as Mousey the Dip (episode 4.4 (10/18/1969)')
  • '"Carol Burnett Show, The" (1967)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.18 (1/22/1968)')
  • '"Andy Williams Show, The" (1962)' , as [unknown] (1/22/1967)

    Trivia

  • Hit #110 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts with "Maria" in October of 1962.

    Others film(s) apperance

  • 'Call Me Anna (1990) (TV)'