George Chakiris

Actor, Choirboy, Singer
A talented stage and screen dancer, actor George Chakiris rose from the chorus to the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, in the celebrated film version of "West Side Story" (1961). His fiery turn won him an Academy ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1934 in Norwood, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Girls of Rochefort 1998 (Movie)

Etienne (Actor)

Pale Blood 1992 (Movie)

Michael Fury (Actor)

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Why Not Stay For Breakfast? 1978 (Movie)

George Clark (Actor)

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Cube 1969 (Movie)

Johnny Allen (Actor)

Kismet 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

GI in tank (Actor)

633 Squadron 1964 (Movie)

Lt Erik Bergman (Actor)

Bebo's Girl 1964 (Movie)

Bebo/Bube (Actor)

Flight From Ashiya 1964 (Movie)

Lt John Gregg (Actor)

The High Bright Sun 1964 (Movie)

Haghios (Actor)

Diamond Head 1962 (Movie)

Dr Dean Kahana (Actor)

Kings of the Sun 1962 (Movie)

Balam (Actor)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

Bernardo (Actor)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

Young Groom (Actor)

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

Specialty Dancer (Actor)

Song of Love 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Notorious Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

The Savage Curse (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A talented stage and screen dancer, actor George Chakiris rose from the chorus to the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, in the celebrated film version of "West Side Story" (1961). His fiery turn won him an Academy Award, but did not translate into lasting fame. After a sporadic career in Hollywood as heroic young men of various nationalities in "Diamond Head" (1963) and "Kings of the Sun" (1963), he made a handful of fine if little-seen European films, including the charming French musical "Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967), before settling into character turns as heels or middle-aged Lotharios on American primetime and daytime television. If Chakiris felt any disappointment over his stalled time in the spotlight, he remained remarkably diplomatic at numerous tributes to "West Side Story," frequently citing it as his proudest accomplishment. It was undoubtedly the finest showcase for his dancing skills and magnetic screen presence, which went untouched in the half-century since the film's release.

Relationships

Steven Chakiris

Father

Zoe Chakiris

Mother

EDUCATION

American School of Dance

Milestones

1996

Portrayed Rochester in the London stage musical "Jane Eyre"

1995

Returned to the stage as the King in a Los Angeles production of "The King and I"

1990

Acted in his last feature "Pale Blood"; released direct-to-video in 1992

1986

Played recurring role on CBS series "Dallas"

1975

Portrayed Chopin in the BBC biographical miniseries "Notorious Woman"

1967

Co-starred with Catherine Denueve and Francoise Dorleac in "Le demoiselles de Rochefort/The Young Girl of Rochefort"

1962

Landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the song "Maria" (No. 110)

1961

Landed breakthrough film role as Bernardo in the big screen version of "West Side Story"; received Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1957

Made dramatic acting debut in the war drama "Under Fire"

1956

Made television debut on the CBS Cole Porter tribute "You're the Top"

1954

Cast as a dancer in the films "White Christmas," "Brigadoon," and "There's No Business Like Show Business"

1953

Played a chorus boy in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

1947

Appeared as a member of the chorus in his film debut "Song of Love"

Played Riff in the London staging of "West Side Story"

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