Irene Papas


Actor
Irene Papas

About

Birth Place
Greece
Born
September 03, 1926

Biography

Irene Papas began her career as a variety performer and started appearing in Greek films in the early 1950s. She made her US debut in "Tribute to a Bad Man" (1955) and established her international reputation with Michael Cacoyannis' "Zorba the Greek" (1965). Her dark, intense features are well suited to tragic roles; she made an indelible impression as the widow of the slain political a...

Biography

Irene Papas began her career as a variety performer and started appearing in Greek films in the early 1950s. She made her US debut in "Tribute to a Bad Man" (1955) and established her international reputation with Michael Cacoyannis' "Zorba the Greek" (1965). Her dark, intense features are well suited to tragic roles; she made an indelible impression as the widow of the slain political activist in Costa-Gavras' "Z" (1968).

Life Events

1942

Started singing and dancing in variety shows (date approximate)

1951

Film acting debut "Necripolita/Lost Angels"

1955

American film acting debut "Tribute to A Bad Man"

1975

American TV acting debut "Moses the Lawgiver"

1989

Credited as song performer in "Russicum"

Photo Collections

Zorba the Greek - Movie Posters
Here are two styles of American one-sheet movie posters for Zorba the Greek (1964), starring Anthony Quinn. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Tribute To A Bad Man (1956) - Don't Pretend With Me Stranger Steve (Don Dubbins) awakens after having brought the injured title character (James Cagney, not seen) back to his ranch, surprised to meet Greek Jo (Irene Papas, her first scene), in director Robert Wise's Tribute To A Bad Man, 1956.
Tribute To A Bad Man (1956) - You Get Hanging Fever First a shot with Don Dubbins which director Robert Wise surely grabbed just for the rainbow, then ranch hand McNulty (Stephen McNally) and boss Rodock (James Cagney, title character) prepare to dispense frontier justice, his live-in Jo (Irene Papas) objecting, in Tribute To A Bad Man, 1956.
Z -- (1969) - A Blow Struck To The Head Widow Helene (Irene Papas) and "the journalist" (Jacques Perrin) observe crowds mourning "the deputy" with the "Z" symbol, as "the prosecutor" (Jean-Louis Trintignant) gets an autopsy report, in Costa-Gavras' Z, 1969.
Z -- (1969) - Your Husband's Heart Helene (Irene Papas), wife of the assaulted "Deputy," (Yves Montand) arrives at the hospital, with flashbacks, official apologies and a poor diagnosis, in Costa-Gavras' Z, 1969.
Z -- (1969) - A Hungry Bear Does Not Dance "The Deputy" (Yves Montand), just arrived in the un-named country that can only be the director's native Greece, planning the rally, thug Yago (Renato Salvatori) and pals beating up demonstrators, in Costa-Gavras' Z, 1969.
Guns of Navarone, The (1961) - These Are Fine People Mallory (Gregory Peck) leads his incognito Allied commandos into a Nazi-occupied Greek town, Pappadimos (James Darren) joining in wedding festivities, before trouble arises, in The Guns of Navarone, 1961.
Dream Of Kings, A (1969) - No Lion Is Ever Free Home after dawn from a night’s gambling, Chicago Greek-American Matsoukas (Anthony Quinn) joins his sleeping family, including son Stavros (Radames Pera), whom we learn has been ill, interrupted eventually by wife Calliope (Irene Papas), in Daniel Mann’s A Dream Of Kings, 1969.
Dream Of Kings, A (1969) - There's Nothing To Face Jousting with his mother-in-law (Tamara Daykrhanova), Chicago Greek-American gambler and un-schooled professional counselor Matsoukas (Anthony Quinn) learns from wife Calliope (Irene Papas) that the doctor (James Dobson) has bad news about their ailing son, in A Dream Of Kings, 1969.
Zorba The Greek (1964) - Where's My Goat? Basil (Alan Bates) and Anthony Quinn (title character) arrive at the coffee shop then, with all the village men, especially teen Pavlo (Yorgo Voyagis), are plausibly transfixed by the appearance of "the widow" (Irene Papas), in Michael Cacoyannis' Zorba The Greek, 1964.

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