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Also Known As: George Kerris Died:
Born: September 16, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Norwood, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, dancer, choirboy, singer

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Pale Blood (1991) Michael Fury
3.
 Why Not Stay For Breakfast? (1979) George Clark
4.
 Return to Fantasy Island (1978) Pierre
5.
 The Day the Hot Line Got Hot (1969) Eric Ericson
6.
 The Big Cube (1969) Johnny Allen
7.
 The Young Girls of Rochefort (1968) Etienne
8.
 McGuire, Go Home! (1966) Haghios
9.
 Is Paris Burning? (1966) G.I. in tank
10.
 Flight From Ashiya (1964) Lieut. John Gregg
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1947:
Appeared as a member of the chorus in his film debut "Song of Love"
1953:
Played a chorus boy in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
1954:
Cast as a dancer in the films "White Christmas," "Brigadoon," and "There's No Business Like Show Business"
1956:
Made television debut on the CBS Cole Porter tribute "You're the Top"
1957:
Made dramatic acting debut in the war drama "Under Fire"
:
Played Riff in the London staging of "West Side Story"
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
1962:
Landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the song "Maria" (No. 110)
1967:
Co-starred with Catherine Denueve and Francoise Dorleac in "Le demoiselles de Rochefort/The Young Girl of Rochefort"
1975:
Portrayed Chopin in the BBC biographical miniseries "Notorious Woman"
1986:
Played recurring role on CBS series "Dallas"
1990:
Acted in his last feature "Pale Blood"; released direct-to-video in 1992
1995:
Returned to the stage as the King in a Los Angeles production of "The King and I"
1996:
Portrayed Rochester in the London stage musical "Jane Eyre"
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Education

American School of Dance: -

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father:
Steven Chakiris.
mother:
Zoe Chakiris.

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