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Telly Savalas

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Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas (Greek: Αριστοτέλης "Τέλι" Σαββάλας; January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) was an American film and television actor and singer, whose career spanned four decades.

Best known for playing the title role in the 1970s crime drama Kojak, Savalas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). His other movie credits include The Young Savages (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Battle of the Bulge (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Scalphunters (1968), supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), Inside Out (1975) and Escape to Athena (1979).

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Movies Starring Telly Savalas (67)

Backfire! (1995)

Just as Jeremy Jackson attempts to become the first male firewoman in New York, fires begin mysteriously erupting from toilets all over the City and Fire Marshal Marc Marshall is called in to investigate. From the start, Jeremy is heckled and sexually hara ...

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Kojak: Flowers For Matty (1990)

kojak charms his way into high society to investigate art thefts that are tied to munitions smuggling and murder. ...

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Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989)

Investigating the murder of a writer responsible for a Mob exposed, Kojak discovers that the dead man's wife is an old flame. ...

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The Hollywood Detective (1989)

An actor at the end of the line who used to play a PI on TV turns to real detective work when a fan of his begs him to help her. ...

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The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)

A renegade team of World War II soldiers. This time, one of the 12 is a woman and, with a Nazi spy within their midst, they're up against German wartime geniuses out to establish a Fourth Reich. ...

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Return to the Titanic... Live! (1987)

A television special hosted by Telly Savalas that features artefacts recovered from the 1987 salvage mission. Filled with expert testimonies and conspiracy theories, the centerpiece of the special was the opening of a safe recovered from the wreck. Also fe ...

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Faceless (1987)

A model named Barbara Hallen has disappeared and her father gets private detective Sam Morgan to go to Paris to find his daughter. Barbara's trail leads Morgan to a plastic surgery clinic owned by Dr. Flamand. Morgan's investigation reveals the horrifying ...

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The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)

Learning of a Nazi plot to attack Washington, D.C. with a deadly nerve gas, Major Wright leads twelve convicts on a suicide mission deep into occupied France to destroy the secret factory where the poison is made. ...

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Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987)

Top New York cop Theo Kojak finds himself trapped in a tangled web of false trials, jealousies and murderous scheming as he investigates the death of two young boys. Their bodies are discovered in a Harlem river, the boys mother is the major suspect. But w ...

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Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Classic tale of a girl named Alice who follows a white rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, where she can change sizes by eating and drinking and animals talk. After escaping the disturbing Queen of Hearts, she finds that she has ended up on the other side ...

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Kojak: The Belarus File (1985)

Lt. Theo Kojak uncovers a Nazi conspiracy. ...

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The Cartier Affair (1984)

Curt Taylor is a convict and owes Phil Drexler the number 1 convict in the prison. Now to settle his debt Drexler sends Curt to be the secretary for Cartier Rand so that he can steal her jewels. But he falls in love with her, which complicates things. ...

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Cannonball Run II (1984)

The original characters from the first Cannonball Run movie compete in an illegal race across the country once more in various cars and trucks. ...

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Fake-Out (1982)

Gangster's girlfriend hangs out in a Las Vegas hotel with her cop protectors while she waits to testify. ...

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Silent Rebellion (1982)

A Greek immigrant (Savalas) and his son return to Greece, where they reunite with mother and brother and re-discover their heritage and each other. Cross-cultural misunderstandings abound; could have been interesting, but the story is just too generic and ...

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Hellinger's Law (1981)

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Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham (1981)

Telly Savalas narrates a travelogue of Birmingham in England, taking in such sights as New Street Station, the traffic control centre and dual carriageway. ...

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Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980)

Filmed on location at Alcatraz Island, this two-part "whole story" actually concentrates on a handful of the denizens behind the cold grey walls of "The Rock". Michael Beck plays the real-life Clarence Carnes, an Oklahoma Choctaw Indian said to be the youn ...

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The Border (1980)

Frank Cooper, a senior immigration police, remains a daily struggle against mafias operating between Mexico and the United States. Although it has a good standing with the poorest of Mexican towns near the border. Two are Leina and Benny, a couple of young ...

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Escape to Athena (1979)

During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain. ...

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The Muppet Movie (1979)

Kermit the Frog is persuaded by agent Dom DeLuise to pursue a career in Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit picks up Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and a motley crew of other Muppets with similar aspirations. Meanwhile, Kermit must elude the grasp of a frog- ...

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Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

After "The Poseidon Adventure", in which the ship got flipped over by a tidal wave, the ship drifts bottom-up in the sea. While the passengers are still on board waiting to be rescued, two rivaling salvage parties enter the ship on search for money, gold a ...

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Capricorn One (1977)

In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported ...

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Beyond Reason (1977)

An unconventional psychiatrist slowly begins to question his own sanity. ...

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Killer Force (1976)

Head of company security, Harry Webb, fears that a diamond theft is about to take place at their major mining complex deep in the desert. He quickly manages to become very unpopular, particularly with Claire Chambers, a celebrated cover girl, daughter of t ...

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Inside Out (1975)

Telly Savalas is an American ex-WW II POW who returns to Germany 30 years after the war. He teams up with James Mason, the former commander of his prison camp. Together they spring a Nazi war criminal (Wolfgang Lukschy) from jail. He's the only one left wh ...

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The House of Exorcism (1975)

A total re-edit of Mario Bava's gothic classic Lisa and the Devil (1973) for US release in 1975. Cheesy exorcism scenes were shot to try to capitalize on the success of The Exorcist (1973). ...

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She Cried Murder (1973)

A model, while riding in the front car of a subway train, witnesses a woman being pushed in front of the train. But when the police come to interview her, she recognizes one of them as the man who did the pushing. She spends the rest of the movie trying to ...

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Lisa and the Devil (1973)

Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre. ...

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Redneck (1973)

Franco Nero and Telly Savalas star in the story of a trio of jewel thieves who take it on the lamb after the heist goes very wrong. Wrecking their car they take another unaware that there is a teenager hiding in the background. As the flight becomes more f ...

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A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)

A dishonored Union Army officer (James Coburn) leads a group of convicts to retake Fort Holman from the Confederate Army. ...

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Visions... (1972)

A professor who has visions of the future informs the police that someone is about to plant a bomb. He then discovers that the police consider him the prime suspect. ...

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The Killer is on the Phone (1972)

A woman whose husband was murdered five years previously, is stalked by his killer, who wants to eliminate her as a potential witness. What he doesn't know is that the shock of his murder caused her to have amnesia, and she doesn't remember anything. ...

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Horror Express (1972)

Mysterious and unearthly deaths start to occur while Professor Saxton is transporting the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature he found in Manchuria back to Europe. ...

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Bandera Bandits (1972)

Jed (Tomas Milian) is an unlikely hero in this Italian western. As thoroughly unlikeable a robber as ever walked the West, he nonetheless robs from the rich and gives to the poor. Not only is he a murderous, ill-tempered sort, he is bad-mannered, too. When ...

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Mongo's Back in Town (1971)

Professional killer is hired by his brother, a gang boss, to wipe out a rival gangster. ...

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A Town Called Bastard (1971)

A group of Mexican revolutionaries murders a town priest and a number of his christian followers. Ten years later, a widow arrives in town intent to take revenge from her husband's killers. ...

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Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

In a California high school, a married teacher is the athletic coach and faculty advisor. He starts to have sex flings with his female students and eventually has to kill several of the girls to keep them quiet. ...

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Vendetta (1971)

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa is double-crossed in an arms deal planned by his comrade Scotty. Villa and Scotty plot a raid on a U.S. cavalry fort in retaliation. ...

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Violent City (1970)

A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it. ...

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Kelly's Heroes (1970)

A misfit group of World War II American soldiers goes AWOL to rob a bank behind German lines. ...

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

James Bond tracks archnemesis Ernst Blofeld to a mountaintop retreat where he's training an army of beautiful but lethal women. Along the way, Bond falls for Italian contessa Tracy Draco -- and marries her in order to get closer to Blofeld. Meanwhile, he l ...

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Land Raiders (1969)

An outlaw committing a string of robberies and murders manages to blame the crimes on Apaches, bringing about an Indian war. ...

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Crooks and Coronets (1969)

Two crooks are hired to rob an eccentric old lady's estate, but once they get to know her, they can't bring themselves to do it. ...

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Mackenna's Gold (1969)

The gangster Colorado kidnaps Marshal McKenna. He believes that McKenna has seen a map which leads to a rich vein of gold in the mountains and forces him to show him the way. But they're not the only ones who're after the gold; soon they meet a group of "h ...

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The Assassination Bureau (1969)

The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it. The high moral standing of the Bureau (only killing those who deserve it) is called into question by her. She puts out a contract for the Bureau ...

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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)

Twenty years after their initial war-time visit three U.S. servicemen hold a reunion at an Italian village. They all have fond memories, especially of local girl Carla. But she has been telling each of them that they are the father of her daughter Gia, so ...

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The Scalphunters (1968)

Trapper Joe is on his way to the town with all of his gain of hides of the last winter. However a group of Indians stops him and takes all of his hides, leaving him the escaped slave Joseph instead. But Joe has no use for Joseph and is determined to get hi ...

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Sol Madrid (1968)

Government agent Sol Madrid travels to Mexico with hooker Stacey to bring mobster Villanova and drug kingpin Dietrich to justice. ...

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

12 American military prisoners in World War II are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission ...

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The Karate Killers (1967)

International spies Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) travel around the globe in an effort to track down a secret formula that was divided into four parts and left by a dying scientist with his four of five daughters, all of ...

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Beau Geste (1966)

Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight, Lady Brandon is forced to sell her most treasured jewel the might ...

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The Slender Thread (1965)

A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller. ...

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Genghis Khan (1965)

This is the story of the shy Mongol boy Temujin who,during the 13th century, becomes the fearless Mongol leader Genghis Khan that unites all Mongol tribes and conquers India,China,Persia,Korea and parts of Rusia,Europe and Middle-East. ...

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Battle of the Bulge (1965)

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The Battle of the Bu ...

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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

All-star epic retelling of Christ's life. ...

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Fanfare For A Death Scene (1964)

An American secret agent, on the trail of a vanished scientist, must recover the scientist's revolutionary secret formula before the enemy catches up with his quarry first. ...

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Johnny Cool (1963)

A deported gangster trains an Italian convict to take over his operations in the U.S. ...

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Love Is a Ball (1963)

Etienne makes a good living out of marrying off poor but titled young men to rich but untitled young ladies. Millicent is now in his sights on the Riviera, and Grand Duke Gaspar is the bait. But what if Millicent starts to fancy planted chauffeur John inst ...

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The Man from the Diners' Club (1963)

Mobster Foots Pulardos, who operates a health gym as a front, plans to flee to Mexico to evade government tax officials. His girl friend, Sugar Pye, suggests that he first arrange for the cremation of a man having his own peculiar identifying characteristi ...

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The Interns (1962)

During their first year of internship at New North Hospital, a group of aspiring doctors undergo both personal and professional upheavals. ...

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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses i ...

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Cape Fear (1962)

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law. ...

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The Young Savages (1961)

A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. ...

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Mad Dog Coll (1961)

Killer Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll moves in on gangster Dutch Schultz in 1920s New York. ...

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Movies Made By Telly Savalas (1)

Beyond Reason (1977)

An unconventional psychiatrist slowly begins to question his own sanity. ...

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