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FAMOUS GREEKS

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  famous Greeks (alphabetical listing)

 

Alexander the Great

King of Macedonia & King of the Greeks

Born356 BC  in Pella - Macedonia, Greece

Legend says he was born on the same day that the Temple to Artemis at Ephesus (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) burned down. No one knows for sure, but it was definitely in the summer of 356 BC. His real name was, Alexandros.

Alexander had a sister, Cleopatra. His first teacher was Leonidas, uncle to his mother, Olympias. Leonidas was later replaced by Lysimaho, who was the one who brought Alexander close to Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Lysimahos used to call Alexander, "Achilles". Alexander made friends with an older boy named Hephaestion. They became very close friends, and this friendship was to last right through their (short) lives. Alexander's tutor in his teens was Aristotle. Alexander was a good scholar and learned quickly. He loved philosophy, politics, medicine and, of course, Homer's poem Iliad and Odyssey. By all accounts he slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow. He studied with Aristotle away from court and with a group of

Agnew Spiro  (Anagnostopoulos)

USA Vice President Born 1918 in the USAagnew

Spiro Agnew (originally Anagnostopoulos), the son of a Greek immigrant, was born in Baltimore on 9th November, 1918. He attended John Hopkins University before serving in the United States Army during the Second World War. After the war Agnew attended the University of Baltimore and graduated with a law degree in 1947. A member of the Republican Party Agnew was county executive of Baltimore County before being elected governor of Maryland in 1967. During his period of office he introduced a graduated income-tax and an effective anti-pollution law. In 1968 Richard Nixon selected Agnew as his vice presidential candidate. After the defeat of Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic Party candidate, Agnew developed a reputation as a hard-liner against anti-Vietnam War protesters. Agnew was re-elected as vice-president in 1972 but the following year it was announced he was being investigated for extortion, bribery and income-tax violations while governor of Maryland. On 10th October, 1973 resigned as vice-president. Found guilty of incorrectly filling in his income-tax returns, Agnew was fined $10,000 and sentenced to three years probation. Agnew became a business consultant and in 1980 published his autobiography, Go Quietly or Else. Spiro Agnew died in Berlin, Maryland, on 17th September, 1996.

 Aniston  Jennifer (Anastasakis) Actress

 Born 1968 in Shermans Oaks, CA, US

Born in Sherman Oaks, California, Jennifer Aniston spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents, John Aniston and Nancy Dow, divorced when she was 9. Jennifer was raised by her mother and her father landed a role, as Victor Kiriakis, on the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives" (1965). Jennifer had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. It was also at the Rudolf Steiner School that she developed her passion for art. She began her professional training as a drama student at New York's High School of the Performing Arts. In 1987, after graduation, she appeared in such Off-Broadway productions as "For Dear Life" and "Dancing on Checker's Grave". In 1989, she landed her first television role, as a series regular on "Molloy" (1990). She also appeared in "The Edge" (1992), "Ferris Bueller" (1990), and had a recurring part on "Herman's Head" (1991). By 1993, she was floundering. Then, in 1994, a pilot called "Friends Like These" came along. Originally asked to audition for the role of Monica, Aniston refused and auditioned for the role of Rachel Green, the suburban princess turned coffee peddler. With the success of the series "Friends" (1994), Jennifer has become famous and sought-after as she turns her fame into movie roles during the series hiatus.

 

Callas  Maria (Kalogeropoulos)

Opera singer Born 1923 in New York, NY, US

La Divina

diva18Maria Callas (born Kalogeropoulos) was born to Greek immigrant parents. As a small child she enjoyed listening to gramophone records and radio programmes, and took piano and singing lessons.

Because of marital and financial problems, Mrs Kalogeropoulos returned to Greece with her two daughters, and Maria studied singing under a famous singing master in Athens. After several school performances, she was offered a part at the Royal Opera, in Suppé's 'Boccaccio'.

In 1940, Greece became engaged in the Second World War and, from time to time, Maria performed for the enemy troops. In 1942, she replaced an unwell soprano at the opera to play 'Tosca'.

When Athens was liberated by the British Forces, she worked as an interpreter for some time, but decided to return to her father in New York, in September 1945.

She should have debuted in Chicago, but the company went bankrupt so, when Maria was offered a contract for 'La Gioconda' in Verona, she gladly went to Italy.

In Italy she met her future husband Meneghini, as well as her mentor, Tullio Serafin. Her sensational performance in Wagner's 'Walküre' and, two days later, in Bellini's 'I Puritani', received worldwide publicity. From then on she was a star and she received many recording offers from gramophone record companies. These records made her famous and popular the world over.

The press haunted her constantly and her divorce from Menighini and her affair with Aristotle Onassis were covered all over the world. She contracted a throat disease which caused her voice to lose quality, but she refused to take it seriously. After Onassis' marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy, Maria broke down, then made several attempts to resurrect her career, but her voice was a mere shadow of its former self; fans were saddened by its deterioration.

She died of heart failure in September 1977.

 

Cassavetes  John Actor & Director

 Born 1929 in New York, NY, UScassav

Perhaps better known to the general public as an actor, John Cassavetes' true artistic legacy derives from his work behind the camera; arguably, he was America's first truly independent filmmaker, an iconoclastic maverick whose movies challenged the assumptions of the cinematic form. Obsessed with bringing to the screen the "small feelings" he believed that American society at large attempted to suppress, Cassavetes' work emphasized his actors above all else, favoring character examination over traditional narrative storytelling to explore the realities of the human condition. A pioneer of self-financing and self-distribution, he led the way for filmmakers to break free of Hollywood control, perfecting an improvisational, cinéma vérité aesthetic all his own.

The son of Greek immigrants, Cassavetes was born December 9, 1929, in New York City. After attending public school on Long Island, he later studied English at both Mohawk College and Colgate University prior to enrolling at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon graduating in 1950, he signed on with a Rhode Island stock company while attempting to land roles on Broadway and made his film debut in Gregory Ratoff's Taxi in 1953. A series of television roles followed, with Cassavetes frequently typecast as a troubled youth. By 1955, he was playing similar parts in the movies, appearing in pictures ranging from Night Holds Terror to Crime in the Streets.

Cassavetes' career as a filmmaker began most unexpectedly. In 1957, he was appearing on Night People, a New York-based radio show, to promote his recent performance in the Martin Ritt film Edge of the City. While talking with host Jean Shepherd, Cassavetes abruptly announced that he felt the film was a disappointment and claimed he could make a better movie himself; at the close of the program, he challenged listeners interested in an alternative to Hollywood formulas to send in a dollar or two to fund his aspirations, promising he would make "a movie about people." No one was more surprised than Cassavetes himself when, over the course of the next several days, the radio station received over 2,000 dollars in dollar bills and loose change; true to his word, he began production within the week, despite having no idea exactly what kind of film he wanted to make.

Assembling a group of students from his acting workshop, Cassavetes began work on what was later titled Shadows. The production had no script or professional crew, only rented lights and a 16 mm camera. Without any prior experience behind the camera, Cassavetes and his cast made mistake after mistake, resulting in a soundtrack which rendered the actors' dialogue completely inaudible (consequently creating a three-year delay in release while a new soundtrack was dubbed). A sprawling, wholly improvised piece about a family of black Greenwich Village jazz musicians -- the oldest brother dark-skinned, the younger brother and sister light enough to pass for white -- the film staked out the kind of fringe society to which Cassavetes' work would consistently return, posing difficult questions about love and identity.

Unable to find an American distributor, the completed Shadows appeared in 1960, and was widely hailed as a groundbreaking accomplishment. After receiving the Critics Award at that year's Venice Film Festival, it finally was released in the U.S. with the backing of a British distributor. The film's success brought Cassavetes to the attention of Paramount, who hired him to direct the 1961 drama Too Late Blues with Bobby Darin. The movie was a financial and critical disaster, and he was quickly dropped from his contract. Landing at United Artists, he directed A Child Is Waiting for producer Stanley Kramer. After the two men had a falling out, Cassavetes was removed from the project, which Kramer then drastically re-cut, prompting a bitter Cassavetes to wash his hands of the finished product.

Stung by his experiences as a Hollywood filmmaker, he vowed to thereafter finance and control his own work, turning away from directing for several years to earn the money necessary to fund his endeavors. A string of acting jobs in films ranging from Don Siegel's The Killers to Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby to Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) wrapped up Cassavetes for all of the mid-'60s, but in 1968 he returned to filmmaking with Faces, the first of his pictures to star his wife, the brilliant actress Gena Rowlands. Another edgy drama shot in Cassavetes' trademark cinéma vérité style, Faces was a tremendous financial and critical success, garnering a pair of Oscar nominations as well as winning five awards at the Venice Film Festival; its success again brought Hollywood calling, but this time the director entertained only those offers affording him absolute creative control and final cut.

After coming to terms with Columbia, Cassavetes began work on 1970's Husbands, which co-starred Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara. After helming 1971's Minnie and Moskowitz for Universal, he turned to self-financing, creating his masterpiece A Woman Under the Influence, which earned Rowlands an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress category. With a story he developed with longtime fan Martin Scorsese, Cassavetes next turned to 1976's film noir The Killing of a Chinese Bookie; though also reissued two years later in a truncated version, the picture failed to find an audience, and was barely even circulated. When the same fate befell 1978's Opening Night, Cassavetes was forced to return to Columbia in 1980 to make Gloria.

Four years passed before the director's next film, Love Streams. His subsequent effort was 1985's aptly titled Big Trouble, a comedy already in production when Cassavetes took over for writer/director Andrew Bergman, who had abruptly quit the project. The finished film was subsequently recut by its producers, and Cassavetes publicly declared it a disaster. Upon completing the picture, he became ill; regardless, he continued working, turning to the theatrical stage when he could no longer find funding for his films. A Woman of Mystery, a three-act play which was his final fully realized work, premiered in Los Angeles in 1987. On February 3, 1989, John Cassavetes died. Son Nick continued in his father's footsteps, working as an actor as well as the director of the films Unhook the Stars (1996) and She's So Lovely (1997), the latter an adaptation of one of his father's unfilmed screenplays.

~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide (From MSN MOVIES)

Chakiris  George Actor

 Born 1934 in Norwood, OH, US

famous greeksBorn in Ohio to Greek parents, George Chakiris made his first film appearance as an adolescent chorus singer in Song of Love (1947), the filmed biography of Robert and Clara Schumann.

After receiving training as a dancer, Chakiris was given a few unbilled solo spots in such film musicals as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and White Christmas (1954).

His roles increased in size after he became a dramatic actor in the late 1950s. Chakiris went on to win an Academy Award for his singing/dancing/acting portrayal of Puerto Rican gang leader Bernardo in West Side Story (1961), after which his starring career went into an unexpected eclipse.

George Chakiris' television credits include a leading role (along with Anna Maria Alberghetti, Jose Ferrer and Barbara Eden) in a 1967 TV adaptation of Kismet; a co-starring stint with Rosemary Harris in Notorious Woman, a 1975 dramatization of the life of George Sand which premiered in the U.S. on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre; and a recurring role on the prime-time serial Dallas. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Michael  George Singer-Songwriter

 Born 1063 in Bushey (near London)  England

British-born singer/songwriter George Michael began his career as a michaelteenybopper idol in the seminal '80s pop duo Wham! and later transitioned into one of the most successful solo artists of the late '80s and '90s.

Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963. He grew up in the suburbs of London, the son of a Greek father and an English mother. He and schoolmate Andrew Ridgeley formed Wham in 1982 after playing in various bands together. The duo became an instant success when their debut album, Fantastic, hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts. Throughout their four-year partnership in Wham!, Michael and Ridgeley scored numerous hits on both sides of the Atlantic, including their 1984 breakthrough "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go," "Careless Whisper," "Everything She Wants," "Freedom" and "I'm Your Man."

In 1986, after three albums, Michael left Wham for a solo career. His solo debut, Faith, released the following year on Columbia Records, catapulted Michael into the upper echelons of rock stardom. It's certainly true to say "Faith" is one of the classic albums of the 1980s. The controversial video to the album's first single, "I Want Your Sex," introduced Michael's sexy new leather-clad image -- less bubblegum, more razor stubble. Faith went on to sell more than eight million copies off the strength of four No. 1 singles, "Faith," "Father Figure," "One More Try" and "Monkey." When the dust settled, Michael walked away with the 1988 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Gavras Costas

Director Born 1933 in  Greece

famous greeksCosta Gavras gleaned his political activism literally from his father's knee. The senior Gavras was a Greek government functionary who performed heroically in the resistance movement against the occupying Nazi forces in World War II. At war's end, the outspoken Gavras found himself labeled a communist by the new regime. As a result, young Costa Gavras was denied entrance to the U.S., where he hoped to study filmmaking. He moved instead to Paris, studying literature at the Sorbonne and working as an assistant to several of France's top directors.

Costa Gavras displayed both the techniques he'd learned from such masters as Renoir and Demy (and the tricks he'd picked up through incessant viewings of American films) in his first directorial effort, The Sleeping Car Murders (1966). It would be the last pure entertainment effort in Costa Gavras' career; once the Greek government was toppled in a military junta, the director concentrated all his energies in turning out fast-moving, entertaining cinematic tracts.

Z, a 1969 indictment of the repressiveness of the Greek "Colonels," was an international smash (even yielding a hit soundtrack); it won multiple awards, including the "Best Foreign Language Film" Oscar. Most often in collaboration with his favorite actor Yves Montand, Costa Gavras continued pouring out his hatred of political oppression in such subsequent films as The Confession, State of Siege and Special Section. His style was several degrees removed from subtlety, and his films drove home their messages with the force of a jackhammer. In his first American film, Missing (1982), Costa Gavras casts Jack Lemmon in the role that Yves Montand might have played in other circumstances; the film (which won a "Best Screenplay Adaptation" Oscar for the director) was based on the true story of an American kidnapped in Chile, a tragic consequence of the American-backed dictatorial regime.

Making films for his own edification and not for those of the "politically correct" elite, Costa Gavras lost many of his adherents (and gained many others) with his pro-Palestinian Hanna K. (1983). In 1982, Costa Gavras was appointed president of the Cinematheque Francaise. The Music Box (1989), an uncharacteristically restrained story of a respected naturalized American citizen (Armin Mueller-Stahl) accused of being a Nazi war criminal; was not a financial success, but did win the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Kazan Elias

Director Born 1909 in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey

famous greeksA truly pioneering Hollywood director, Elia Kazan in the late 1940s and early 1950s helped blaze trails into the largely uncharted territories of social consciousness and cinematic naturalism, turning out some of the era's most memorable movies and influencing subsequent generations of filmmakers. Born to Greek parents who came to America when he was a small child, Kazan fell under the spell of the theater as a young man, acting in New York's avant-garde Group Theatre troupe and eventually becoming a director whose Broadway triumphs included the original productions of "The Skin of Our Teeth," "All My Sons," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Death of a Salesman."

Kazan, whose first brush with the movie industry consisted of assisting documentarian Ralph Steiner in the mid 1930s and acting in two Warner Bros. films, City for Conquest (1940) and Blues in the Night (1941), was courted by 20th CenturyFox's Darryl F. Zanuck, who signed him to a contract in 1944. From the first, directing A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Kazan evinced an ability to coax great performances from his actors; star James Dunn and child actress Peggy Ann Garner both won Oscars for their turns in this lovely, evocative film.Boomerang! (1947), part-murder mystery, partcourtroom drama, also featured superb performances and presented a subtle but definite comment on political corruption.Gentleman's Agreement (also 1947), starring Gregory Peck, was a full-blown treatise on anti-Semitism that won Oscars for Kazan, supporting actress Celeste Holm, and as Best Picture. Seen today, the picture seems rather tame and obvious, but it was considered a real breakthrough back in 1947. Kazan took on race relations in Pinky (1949), the story of a light-skinned black woman (improbably played by Jeanne Crain) who passes for white; it too was thought very daring at the time but has lost much of its impact in the intervening years. In retrospect, Kazan considered his first "real" film to be Panic in the Streets (1950), a solid thriller about efforts to contain a burgeoning epidemic which was shot entirely on the streets of New Orleans.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) not only earned Kazan another Oscar nod for Best Director, it made a full-fledged screen star of Marlon Brando, leading exponent of the "Method" acting technique taught at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio, which was cofounded by Kazan. The Tennessee Williams play, which Kazan had directed on Broadway, was strong stuff to moviegoers of 1951, but it ushered in an era of similarly ambitious and unusual stage-to-screen translations. Brando continued his association with the director most successfully, first in Viva Zapata! (1952, which, like Streetcar netted him a Best Actor nomination) and then in the classic On the Waterfront (1954), which took eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Budd Schulberg's hard-hitting exposé of the longshoremen's unions was ideal fodder for Kazan's mastery of heightened realism. (It came, ironically, on the heels of the director's still-infamous decision to testify and name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.) He went abroad to make Man on a Tightrope (1953), the story of a circus troupe's escape from behind the Iron Curtain.

Kazan picked up yet another nomination for East of Eden (1955), in which he did for newcomer James Dean what he'd done for Brando a few years earlier. Viewers today are still riveted by the rawness of emotions the director managed to capture in this powerful Steinbeck story of a family in conflict. By this time, he had fully mastered the cinematic technique (critics of his earlier pictures suggested that they were too much like filmed stage plays), and was producing his own pictures. The wildly provocative Baby Doll (1956), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Wild River (1960), and Splendor in the Grass (1961) all bore Kazan's stamp of quality, but didn't quite match his earlier successes.America, America (1963), based on the experiences of Kazan's own uncle, movingly captured the turn-of-the-century immigrant experience and snagged Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (which Kazan himself had written). It also ended his most fertile creative period.

Since then, Kazan has directed only three films-The Arrangement (1969, based on his own novel), the little-seen The Visitors (1972), and The Last Tycoon (1976, a highly anticipated but ultimately disappointing F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation)and has abandoned the theater altogether. Kazan was married to actresses Molly Day Thatcher and Barbara Loden. His autobiography, "A Life," was published in 1988. His son, Nicholas Kazan, is a screenwriter who was Oscar-nominated for Reversal of Fortune (1990) and made his directing debut with Dream Lover (1994).

 

Kostas Kenderis 

 olympic winner 200 m. 2004

Dimas  Pyrros

the «Lion» of Chimara
golden medal 1992-1996-2000

Athlete (Weight Lifting) Born 1971 in Chimara, Albania

Pyrros Dimas Is considered the best Greek weightlifter of all time! His records and his distinctions have surpassed all of those who have proceeded! Pyrros Dimas, the "Lion of Chimara” has caused national sentiment on several occasions. He was born in Chimara, Albania on October 13, 1971. He came to Greece in 1991 with many other athletes of Greek descent in order to strengthen the Greek weightlifting program. He became a member of the Athletic Club Milon of Nea Smirni where he is still a member. He succeeded in becoming a member of the Greek National Team that same year.

The following year became the start of his career. He was a member of the Greek National team for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games in the 82.5 Kg category. There, with the eminent cry "for Greece", he conquered the golden medal, raising a total of 370 kilos and Greece to the top of world. In the years that followed, he took two world titles in 1993 and 1995 and also a European Championship in 1995. The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games marked the athletic career of Pyrros Dimas and led him to worldwide recognition in the 83 Kg. class. At the Atlanta Olympic Games, he won three gold medals, simultaneously achieving world records equal in number in arase 180 Kg., zete 213 Kg. and total 392.5 Kg.! In 1996, he was elected the top Greek athlete of the year, an honor that he also accomplished in 1992,1993 and 1995! For his successes, the Government of Greece awarded him the distinction of a Captain in the Hellenic Army.
 

In 1998, in the 85 Kg. Category, he finished in first place in the World Championships of Athens. Two years later in the Olympic Games of Sydney and in front of thousands of fellow countrymen, he won his third Olympic gold medal.

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Nikos Kazantzakis

Writer

 Born in Herakleion - Crete, Greece 1883

Kazantzakis, Nikos - Writer

 
    
 
    
 
    

Londos Jim (ChristoS Theophelou)

Wrestler Born 1897 in Argos, Greece

(Los Angeles Times, January 27th, 1969)

jlondosThere were 100,000 people in the Athens Olympic Stadium that night in 1934 when Jim Londos defended his world's heavyweight wrestling title against the Russian champion, and another 30,000 were turned away. One who got in was a Greek named Theophelos, a former amateur wrestler himself. He was also Jim Londos' father. "He never wanted me to become a professional," said Londos. "He always thought it was wrong. But he agreed to come to this match. After I won, a king's guard carried both of us out of the arena on their shoulders. "Dad came up to me afterward, smiled, and said, 'Son, all is forgiven.'" The brightness in Jim Londos' eyes couldn't be hidden as he wat there talking about it, 35 years later, in the room where the people had come to honor him. Londos is about 75 years old now, although the years guard secrets well and this is one he prefers to keep hidden. The body is not the superb thing it once was, the physique something that appeared to have been carved out of marble, but neither is it the body of a 75-year-old man. "Condition," he says. "You must stay in condition. I learned that lesson from my father, and I haven't forgotten it." That was the thing that everyone remembers best about Jim Londos. "He worked harder at being an athlete," says George Parnassus, a friend of decades, "than any man I have ever known." Another longtime friend, Sid Marks, recalls that Londos once invited him down to the beach for a morning workout. "He walked two miles in the sand," said Marks. "Backwards! I couldn't believe it. I've seen thousands of wrestlers and I never knew a man who had more pride, or was a better-conditioned athlete." It perhaps figures, then, that Londos should have been the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, almost uninterrupted from 1930 through 1946. His career spanned two eras, the honest and the not-so-honest. This appears to be one of the few blind spots the man has. He refuses to admit that he ever went into a bout knowing who the winner was going to be. But it is likely that could have beaten almost anyone, anyway. He came to America from Greece at age 13, sometime in the early years of the century and migrated quickly to San Francisco. The living came hard. He worked as a water boy for a railroad gang, at 50 cents a day, and then as a busboy. But within two years, he was wrestling as an amateur and, in 1920 (sic), he turned professional. Through the tiny gyms, the sleazy promotions, he worked and progressed and in 10 years he had been Dick Shikat for the championship. "There were many good wrestlers around then," he says, "30 or 40 of almost equal ability. The difference was keeping yourself in better shape than the other man. Condition, and the proper mental attitude, are always the deciding factors." Londos was never a big man, as wrestlers are measured. At the start he weighed only 140 pounds and even as champion he never went over 204. His weight today is 185. Londos ignores the fact that he soon will become an octogenarian by running 3-5 miles at least three times a week, walking long distances daily, climbing and doing calisthenics on a 10-foot stepladder, doing 25-35 pushups every other day and lying on his back and raising his legs in the air 150 times every morning. His life has been notable. He has a wife and three daughters, and an avocado ranch in Escondido that is now being subdivided for homes and apartments ("The avocados," he said, "got old --like me"). He received the Cross of the Golden Phoenix, a rarely presented award, from King Paul of Greece, for his philanthropic work with orphans on Cyprus. He is a member of the San Diego Sports Hall of Fame. "I have no complaints," Londos says. "I do well. My life is comfortable." There are few things he would change if he could. He smiles slightly and looks straight at you. "One thing," he says. "When I was young, I never had much money. Never enough so that I could go on to school, and I would do that if I could. I like philosophy. I would study that. It is a wonderful thing to be able to express yourself precisely and to the point. "It was Cicero who said that the reason man excels the other animals is that he can talk and think and express himself. I try to excel. You excel everyone and you're doing pretty well, huh?" Those who know him would not question that he has excelled most of them. They came in large numbers to honor him here last week at the World Explorers-Sportsmen's Club. "I guess," said one of them, "that Jim Londos has more friends than anybody I know." Londos, meanwhile, sat there in the smoke-filled, booze-heavy room and shunned the cigarets and the liquor, as he always has. He was even oblivious to the hubbub around him as he spoke in a soft, almost inaudible voice. He was talking about the profession that left him with a cauliflowered left ear, five broken ribs, a torn ankle ligament and a separated shoulder or two -- but also with a healthy outlook on this life. This time he quoted one of his own people, a Greek, a man named Socrates. "Socrates said, 'Be right, and fear no man, alive or dead.'"

    
 
    
 
    

Mercouri, Melina - Actress, Politician

 

    

Papathanassiou, Evangelos (Vangelis) - Musician & Composer

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EvangelosPapathanassiou,(Vangelis)

Musician & Composer

Savalas, Telly (Aristotle) - Actor

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Telly Savalas(Aristotle)

Seferis, George (Seferiadis) - Poet & Diplomat

George Seferis (Seferiadis)

Poet & Diplomat

Nobel 1963

Yanni (Yannis Chrysomallis) - Composer

 

More Greek Celebrities(Alphabetical listing)

Agganis, Harry (The Golden Greek) - Agnew, Spiro - Theodoros - US Vice President Alexander the Great - King of Macedonia & King of the Greeks Angel, Criss - MindFreak - Illusionist, musician Angelos, Peter - Attorney, Owner of the Baltimore Orioles Aniston, Jennifer (Anastasakis) - Actress Aniston, John (Yannis Anastasakis) - Actor Archimedes - Mathematician, physicist and engineer Aristotle - Philosopher Azaria, Hank - Actor. Famous for voicing characters in the Simpsons series. Buckley, Jeff - Musician Bulgari family - Famous Jewellers. Callas, Maria (Kalogeropoulos) - Opera singer Carasso, Isaac - Founder of the Danone yoghurt Company (Dannon in US) Cassavetes, John - Actor & Director Cavafy, Constantine - Poet Chakiris, George - Actor Chelios, Chris - Hockey Player Chiklis, Michael - Actor. Chryssa (Chryssa Varda) - Sculptor Clarkson, Kelly - Musician Costacos, George - Actor and Writer Davies, Marion - Actress Demokritos - Philosopher Dimas, Pyrros - Athlete (Weight Lifting) DiScala Jamie-Lynn - Actress, musician. Dukakis, Michael - Politician Dukakis, Olympia - Actress El Greko (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - Painter Elytis, Odysseus (Alepoudelis) - Poet Euclid - Mathematician Fey, Tina - Head writer of Saturday Night Live Frangoulis, Marios - Tenor. Gage, Nicolas (Gatzoyiannis) - Journalist, Writer (Writer of "Eleni") Galás, Diamanda - Avant-garde performance artist, vocalist, and composer. Gavras, Constantine (Kostas Gavras) - Director  Hadjidakis Manos Composer   Hajiioannou, Stelios - Entrepreneur. Henner, Marilu - Actress and producer. Born in Chicago, IL. Hippocrates - Physician, the "father of medicine". Huffington, Arianna (Stassinopoulos) - Writer Issigonis, Alec - Designer of the Mini car. Kanakarides, Melina - Actress Karmanos, Peter - Software magnate, Owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricane Karras, Alexander George - Footbal player, actor. Katsulas Andreas - Kazan , Elias - Director Kazantzakis, Nikos - Writer  Kenderis Kostas olympic winner Korner, Alexis - Musician, Composer Koteas, Ilias - Actor. Lee, Tommy - Musician Leonsis, Ted - AOL Executive, Owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals Londos Jim (Christopher Theophelus) - Wrestler Louganis, Gregory-Efthimis - Diver - Olympic Athlete Maharis, George - Actor Maroulis, Constantine - Rock singer, actor, and writer. Matenopoulos, Debbie (Despina) - Journalist, talk show host, and actress. Menounos, Maria - Actress, journalist Mercouri, Melina - Actress, Politician Michael, George - Singer/Songwriter Mitropoulos, Dimitris - Conductor Mouskouri, Nana - Singer Onassis, Aristotle - Socrates - Millionaire Shipowner Onassis, Athina - Millionaire Onassis, Christina - Millionaire Pantages, Alexander - Vaudeville and motion pictures producer Papanikolaou, George - Nikolas - Physiologist (Pap test) Papathanassiou, Evangelos (Vangelis) - Musician & Composer Pappas, Irene - Actress Payne, Alexander (Papadopoulos) - Director Paxinou-Astress  Katina Perkins, Elizabeth - Actress. Pilates Joseph - Pilates, The man behind the Pilates method Plato - Philosopher Pythagoras - Mathematician and philosopher, Pythagorean Theorem. Sampras, Pete - Tennis player Savalas, Telly (Aristotle) - Actor Scourby, Alexander - Narrator Seferis, George (Seferiadis) - Poet & Diplomat Sirtis, Marina - Actress Skouras, Spyros P. - Movie Magnate, President of 20th Century Fox. Snyder, Jimmy - Gambler, TV Commentator Socrates - Philosopher Spanos, Alex - Real Estate Magnate & Owner of NFL's San Diego Chargers Stamos, John (Stamatopoulos) - Actor Stephanopoulos, George - Diplomat, Former Presidential Advisor Stevens, Cat (Stephen Demetre Georgiou) - Musician Suvari, Mena - Actress Tavoulareas, William Peter - President of Mobil Oil Corporation Tenet, George - Former CIA Director Thales - Philosopher, scientist, mathematician, engineer. Theodorakis, Mikis - Composer Tsongas, Paul Efthemios - Politician Vardalos, Nia - Actress & Writer Von Karajan, Herbert (Karayiannis?) - Famous Conductor Vouras, Peter - Actor Wilson, Rita - Actress, producer Yanni (Yannis Chrysomallis) - Composer Zane, Billy (Zanetakos) - Actor Zappa, Frank - Musician, Composer, Satirist Zavos, Panos - Geneticist

added at: 27 Sep 2007

 
 

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