George Chakiris

George Chakiris was known as the all around entertainer during his time. He could act, sing and dance. As an actor, his best role was playing like Bernado for the West Side Story. It was a project that got him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor-Motion picture. He had retired now and the last appearance he made was in the year 1990s.


According to his bio, George Chakiris was born in the year 1934 and it was in Norwood in Ohio. His parents were Greek Immigrants born in Turkey. The job of his parents required that they move around more often with their family, so George had to attend different schools. When he reached the schooling age, George Chakiris went to High School found in Tucson in Arizona. He went to Long Beach City College but he did not finish instead went to continue a dancing career in Hollywood. When he reached in Hollywood, he started to work at an advertising unit for a departmental store while attending the dancing classes during the night.


He started the career as a singer of a chorus song named Song of Love. He continued and got some small roles for the Chorus of different musical films. The role he had when he was still young included the 5,000 Fingers of Dr T, Second Chance, Call Me Madam, The Great Caruso and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend with Marylyn Monroe.

He became successful as an actor and he was making up to 100,000 dollars for each movie he appeared in. He appeared in Human Target, Last of the Summer Wine, Super boy, Pale Blood, Why Not Stay for Breakfast and the High Bright Sun.

At a certain time, George Chakiris became angry of how his career was progressing and he auditioned to play Jerome Robbins at the Riff; leader of the Jets, a London production. This musical was launched at the West End in the year 1958 and he got excellent reviews and played the role for over 22 months. He started a career like a pop singer and it led to two songs. He recorded only one single with the producer Joe Meek. He also appeared in Italian movie called Bebo’s Girl together with Claudia Cardinale.

Married, wife, children

George Chakiris is said to be single and had never been married up to now. He did not get any children and some say that he may be gay. Some websites had listed him like gay. He was in the list of 500 gay personalities and actors from IMDb and has a post in the List of LGBT Academy Award winners or nominees on Wikipedia. Some say that he may have married in a secret wedding but there is no proof for it.

Last Modified: Mar 5, 2020

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