George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actor 1961: MovieMonday.com

WEST SIDE STORY

(Musical - NR)

George Chakiris won his Supporting Oscar for playing the Puerto Rican gang leader in WEST SIDE STORY.


George Chakiris (1933 - )

American (of Greek Ancestry) leading man and chorous dancer who was a bright star during the sixties. George Chakiris made his film debut into musicals at the age of 12 singing in the chorus in Song of Love.

During the 50's he appearing many Hollywood musicals such as Gentlemen Prefer Blonds ( he was one of the Marilyn Monroe's dancers in "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" and There Is No Business Like Show Business (1954). George Chakiris's big break though came in 1958 when he got the part of Riff in the Broadway production of West Side Story . He played that character for two years and then he was offered the part of Bernardo in the film version in 1961.

Other career acomplishments include starring alongside in films with such stars as Charleton Heston,Lana Turner and Gene Kelly. In the 1970's and 80's he focused more on music and television. He has also released several records and has gotten excellent reviews for his night club acts at Caesar's Palace and Hurrah's. Recently he has appeared in several plays and stage musicals.

George Chakiris' other films include:

BRIGADOON
TWO AND TWO MAKE SIX
DIAMOND HEAD
KINGS OF THE SUN
FLIGHT FROM ASHIYA
SQUADRON
IS PARIS BURNING?
THE BIG CUBE
WHY NOT STAY FOR BREAKFAST?
PALE BLOOD
THE YOUNG GIRLS TURN 25

His television credits include...

NOTORIOUS WOMAN (TV Mini-Series)
DALLAS (TV Series)
SANTA BARBARA (TV Series)
SUPERBOY (TV Series)
LES FILLES DU LIDO (Mini TV Series)

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