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George Chakiris

George Chakiris

George Chakiris (born September 16, 1934 in Norwood, Ohio) is a dancer and film actor.

Chakiris made his film debut in 1947 and for several years he appeared in small roles, usually as a dancer or a member of the chorus in various musical films. He was one of the dancers in Marilyn Monroe's Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and also appeared as a dancer alongside Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas.

His biggest success came with the film West Side Story (1961), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Chakiris has also appeared on Broadway and television, and in the early 1960s embarked on a career as a pop singer which resulted in a couple of minor hit songs.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

George Chakiris Facts

Birth NameGeorge Chakiris
BirthdaySeptember 16, 1934 (88)
BirthplaceNorwood, Ohio, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is George Chakiris compared to you?
Awards1962 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for West Side Story)
1962 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for West Side Story)

Selected Filmography

West Side Story
The Young Girls of Rochefort
Bridge at Remagen/Devil's Brigade/633 Squadron
Is Paris Burning?
The Country Girl
Kings of the Sun
Jekyll & Hyde...Together Again
Return to Fantasy Island
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