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George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(born September 16, 1934) is an American dancer, singer and actor. He is best known for his appearance in the film version of West Side Story as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks gang, for which he won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Filmography 3 Selected television appearances 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Chakiris was born in Norwood, Ohio, to Steven and Zoe (née Anastasiadou) Chakiris,[1] immigrants from Greece. Chakiris studied at the American School of Dance.[2] Chakiris made his film debut in 1947, in the chorus of Song of Love. For several years he appeared in small roles, usually as a dancer or a member of the chorus in various musical films. He was one of the dancers in Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and appeared as a dancer in White Christmas (1954).[3] He can also be seen in the funeral dance in the MGM musical film Brigadoon (1954). His biggest success came with the 1961 film West Side Story, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
for his role as Bernardo, leader of the "Sharks". Prior to the film, he had appeared as "Riff", leader of the "Jets", in the West End (London) production of the same musical. This led him to be contracted by the Mirisch Company, where he made several films (including 633 Squadron
633 Squadron
with Cliff Robertson).[4] Chakiris was in much demand. He starred as a doctor in the film Diamond Head (1963) opposite Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
and Yvette Mimieux, and appeared alongside Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
in Flight from Ashiya and Kings of the Sun. His fee around this time was a reported $100,000 per movie.[5] Later he acted along with Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
and Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
in Jacques Demy's French musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967). In addition to film, Chakiris performed on stage in London and around the U.S. and on television. In the early 1960s, he embarked on a career as a pop singer, resulting in a couple of minor hit songs. In 1960, he recorded one single with noted producer Joe Meek. He starred in the first national tour of the Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
musical, Company, touring as Bobby in 1971-72. Chakiris worked more in television in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing on such series as Wonder Woman; Medical Center; Hawaii Five-O; Dallas; Murder, She Wrote; and the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. He appeared in the final episode of The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family
as an old high school boyfriend to Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones, also a musical theater veteran). Their kiss goodbye was the final scene in the program's run. Chakiris had a recurring role on the TV show Superboy as Professor Peterson during the first two seasons from 1988-1990. Chakiris' last role to date was in a 1996 episode of the British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. He has given occasional television interviews since then, but is mostly retired. His hobby of making sterling silver jewelry has turned into a new occupation,[6] working as a jewelry designer for his own brand, George Chakiris
George Chakiris
Collections, consisting of handmade original sterling silver jewelry. Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1947 Song of Love Choir boy as George Kerris

1951 The Great Caruso Dancer Uncredited

1952 Stars and Stripes Forever Ballroom dancer Uncredited

1953 Call Me Madam Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Dancer as George Kerris

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Dancer (Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend") Uncredited

Second Chance Background Observer in Dance Sequence Uncredited

Give a Girl a Break Dancer Uncredited

1954 Brigadoon Specialty dancer Uncredited

White Christmas Dancer in 'Mandy' and 'Love' numbers Uncredited

The Country Girl Dancer with pick Uncredited

There's No Business Like Show Business Dancer Uncredited

1955 The Girl Rush Chorus boy, 'Hillbilly Heart' number Uncredited

1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas Young groom as George Kerris

1957 Under Fire Pvt. Steiner Uncredited

1961 West Side Story Bernardo Nuñez Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

1962 Two and Two Make Six Larry Curado

Diamond Head Dr. Dean Kahanna

1963 Kings of the Sun Balam

1964 La ragazza di Bube Bebo

Flight from Ashiya 2nd Lt. John Gregg

633 Squadron Lt. Erik Bergman

1965 The High Bright Sun Haghios

1966 On a volé la Joconde (fr) Vincent

Is Paris Burning? GI in tank

1967 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort Étienne

1968 Le Rouble à deux faces Eric Ericson

1969 The Big Cube Johnny Allen

Sharon vestida de rojo Robert Bowman

1979 Why Not Stay for Breakfast? George Clark

1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Himself

1990 Pale Blood Michael Fury

Selected television appearances[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes

1956 Ford Star Jubilee

episode - "You're the Top"

1968 The Carol Burnett Show

show #020 - Jan. 22, 1968

1969 The Jackie Gleason Show

episode - "Mousey the Dip"

1970–1975 Medical Center Alex Solkin 3 episodes

1972 Hawaii Five-O Chris Lahani 1 episode

1974 The Partridge Family Capt. Chuck 'Cuddles' Corwin episode - "Anchors Aweigh"

Thriller Robert Stone episode - "Kiss Me and Die"

Notorious Woman Frédéric Chopin TV mini-series

1978 Wonder Woman Carlo Indrezzano episode - "Death in Disguise"

Return to Fantasy Island Pierre

1982 Fantasy Island Captain Claude Dumont episode - "The Magic Camera/Mata Hari/Valerie"

1983 CHiPs Bernard DeJardine Fox Trap TV episode

Matt Houston Brett Cole episode - The Showgirl Murders

1984 Matt Houston Clark Sawyer episode - "Waltz of Death"

One Life to Live

unknown episodes

Poor Little Rich Girls Prince Rudolph episode - "The Gentleman Caller"

Nihon no omokage Lafcadio Hearn mini-series

Scarecrow and Mrs. King Angelo Spinelli episode - "Lost and Found"

1985 Hell Town Ric Montenez episode - "Let My Jennie Go"

1986 Dallas Nicholas 14 episodes.

1988 Santa Barbara Daniel Espinoza

1989 Murder, She Wrote Eric Bowman episode - "Weave a Tangled Web"

1989–1990 Superboy Professor Peterson 9 episodes

1992 Human Target Robillard episode - "Chances Are"

1995 Les Filles du Lido Saskia mini-series

1996 Last of the Summer Wine Max Bernard episode - "Extra! Extra!"

References[edit]

^ George Chakiris
George Chakiris
Biography (1934-). Film Reference.com. ^ George Chakiris. Yahoo! Movies. ^ "Biography for George Chakiris" on TCM.com ^ p.201 Mirisch, Walter I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History Univ of Wisconsin Press, 10 Apr 2008 ^ Chakiris' Salary Hits Six Figures: Philippine Actor Climbing; Wide Screen for 'Squares'? Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 30 May 1962: C9. ^ Holleran, Scott. A Boy Like That. BoxOfficeMojo.com. 21 March 2003.

External links[edit]

George Chakiris' Website George Chakiris
George Chakiris
at IMDB.com

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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

1936–1950

Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1936) Joseph Schildkraut
Joseph Schildkraut
(1937) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1938) Thomas Mitchell (1939) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1940) Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
(1941) Van Heflin
Van Heflin
(1942) Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) James Dunn (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
(1949) George Sanders
George Sanders
(1950)

1951–1975

Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1951) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1955) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1964) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1965) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1966) George Kennedy
George Kennedy
(1967) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1974) George Burns
George Burns
(1975)

1976–2000

Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1977) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(1978) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Don Ameche
Don Ameche
(1985) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1997) James Coburn
James Coburn
(1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000)

2001–present

Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
(1945) Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
(1949) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1950) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1951) Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1955) Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
(1959) Sal Mineo
Sal Mineo
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1962) John Huston
John Huston
(1963) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1966) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1967) Daniel Massey (1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1974) Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin
(1975) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Peter Firth
Peter Firth
(1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Melvyn Douglas/ Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

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