A dynamic actor, producer and individual, Telly Savalas
is best remembered for his role as the tough-talking New
York City detective Theodore Kojak. A product of New York
himself, Telly dabbled with numerous professions before
locking in on acting. Off screen he enjoyed a full personal
life as well, complete with love and adventure. Telly
participated a variety of sports, married three times
and fathered six children, who were his greatest joys
Aristotle "Telly" Savalas was born on January
21, 1922 in Garden City, New York. He was the second of
five children born to Nicholas and Christina Savalas.
Telly the daredevil
As a child, Telly was a bit of a daredevil. He enjoyed
a variety of stunts, from skipping through the subway
turnstile without paying, to balancing on the train track
right next to a high voltage line.
Behind the mic
After he was released from the hospital, Telly attended
the Armed Forces Institute. He studied speech, acting,
announcing, directing, and radio and television production.
Telly went on to enroll in Columbia University, where
he continued his studies in psychology, radio and English.
In 1960, Telly married his second wife, Marilynn Gardner,
with whom he had two girls, Penelope and Candace. By this
time Telly had also begun working in movies.
When he wasn't acting, Telly played golf (the one constant
love of his life) everywhere possible and for as many
charity tournaments as he could find.