telly savalas

Telly Savalas

Posted on January 17, 2015

Who loves ya, baby? He is best remembered as the lollipop sucking detective Kojak but his movie and tv career spanned many successful decades. Here’s our Telly Savalas timeline.

Jan. 21, 1924
Born as Aristoteles Savalas in Garden City, Long Island, NY to Christina and Nicholas Savalas.

1932
He and his older brother Gus begin selling newspapers to help the family out. They also make a shoeshine stand out of orange crates and set shop at Pennsylvania Station on 33rd Street.

Mid 30s
He enjoys the thrill of danger, showing no fear as he balances himself on a train track that lies right next to a high voltage line.

Late 30s
He works as a lifeguard at Jones Beach. In one incident, he pulls a drowning man from the water but is unable to revive him. The man’s children watch crying as their father dies. Because of this, Savalas vows that he will teach all his children to swim.

1939
He attends Sewaneka High School in Floral Park, NY.

1941
He joins the U.S. army.

1943
After serious injuries from a car accident (broken pelvis, sprained ankle and concussion), the army releases him. He receives a Purple Heart for his time served in World War II. He spends a year in the hospital.

1944
He is released from the hospital and attends the Armed Forces Institute where he studies acting and radio and television production.

1945
He attends Columbia University where he studies psychology, radio, and English.

1948
His father dies of bladder cancer.

1948
He marries Katherine Nicolaides.

1950
Katherine gives birth to Christina Savalas.

Early 1950s
He hosts the radio show Telly’s Coffeehouse.

1957
He Katherine Nicolaide divorce.

1960
He marries Marilyn Gardner.

1961
Marilyn gives birth to Candace.

May 24, 1961
Stars in The Young Savages with Burt Lancaster.

April 12, 1962
Stars in Cape Fear.

July 3, 1962
Stars in Birdman of Alcatraz with Burt Lancaster.

Aug. 8, 1962
Stars in The Interns.

1963
He is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Birdman of Alcatraz.

1963
Marilyn gives birth to Penelope.

April 12, 1963
Stars in The Man from the Diner’s Club.

Oct. 2, 1963
Stars in Johnny Cool with Elizabeth Montgomery.

June 1, 1964
Stars in The New Interns with Barbara Eden.

Feb. 15, 1965
Stars in The Greatest Story Ever Told with Charlton Heston.

Dec. 23, 1965
Stars in The Slender Thread.

March 24, 1965
Stars in John Goldfarb, Please Come Home.

April 15, 1965
Stars in Genghis Khan.

Dec. 16, 1965
Stars in Battle of the Bulge.

Sept. 7, 1966
Stars in Beau Geste.

June 15, 1967
Stars in The Dirty Dozen with Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin.

April 2, 1968
Stars in The Scalphunters with Burt Lancaster.

March 10, 1969
Stars in The Assassination Bureau with Diana Rigg.

March 18, 1969
Stars in Mackenna’s Gold.

Dec. 12, 1969
Stars in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with Diana Rigg.

June 23, 1970
Stars in Kelly’s Heroes with Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, and Donald Sutherland.

Oct. 31, 1972
Stars in Pancho Villa.

1973
His girlfriend Sally Adams gives birth to his first son Nick.

1973
He plays Inspector Theo Kojak on the TV series Kojak. He sucks on the lollipop in hopes of influencing young viewers not to smoke. His famous line, “Who loves ya, baby?” originates from an episode of Kojak entitled “Die Before They Wake.”

Dec. 3, 1973
Stars in Horror Express with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

1974
Marilyn Gardner files for divorce.

1977
He meets Julie Hovland on the set of Kojak.

1978
Kojak ends.

Feb. 16, 1979
Stars in Escape to Athena.

May 8, 1979
Stars in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure with Michael Caine.

June 22, 1979
Stars in The Muppet Movie with Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Bob Hope, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor.

Jan. 22, 1984
He marries Julie Hovland who will give him two more children: Christian and Ariana.

June 29, 1984
Stars in Cannonball Run II with Jackie Chan, Dom DeLuise, Don Knotts, Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

Dec. 9, 1985
Appears in Alice in Wonderland.

Jan. 21, 1994
He celebrates his 70th birthday.

Jan. 22, 1994
He dies from prostate cancer. He is laid to rest at the George Washington section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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