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Telly Savalas

Born: January 21, 1922, Garden City, New York
Died: January 22, 1994 (aged 72), Universal City, California

Telly SavalasAristotelis “Telly” Savalas was a Greek-American film and television actor and singer, whose career spanned four decades. Best known for playing the title role in the popular 1970s crime drama Kojak, Savalas was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).

1. He was famous for his shaved head.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. Savalas served the military during World War II from 1943-1946. Which serves branch did he serve?

  • Army
  • Army Air Force
  • Marines

3. Starting at age 28, Savalas hosted a popular radio show in New York City. What was the show named?

  • Coffeehouse
  • Telly and Company
  • Three Lives

4. Savalas started out as an executive director and then senior director of the news special events at ABC. He then became an executive producer for the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports where he gave his first job. Who did he hire for the program?

  • Bing Crosby
  • Curley Howard
  • Howard Cosell

5. His first acting role was on And Bring Home a Baby, an episode of Armstrong Circle Theater in January 1959.

  • Fact or Myth?

6. Who brought him to Hollywood and has him appear in three movies with him. Who is the actor?

  • Clark Gable
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Kirk Douglas

7. Savalas shaved his head for his role in a 1965 movie. After completing work on the movie, he chose to remain completely bald. What was the 1965 movie?

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Combat

8. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series two years in a row. When did he win the Emmy for Kojak?

  • 1974
  • 1976
  • 1978

9. Savalas died of complications of bladder cancer at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, California.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Telly Savalas buried?

  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California
  • Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California

Telly Savalas Answers

  1. Fact
  2. Army
  3. Coffeehouse
  4. Howard Cosell
  5. Fact
  6. Burt Lancaster
  7. The Greatest Story Ever Told
  8. 1974
  9. Fact
  10. Angels on your pillowForest Lawn Cemetery (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California
    Plot: Court of Liberty, Lot 1281

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