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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 in life.

Close-knit beginnings
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.
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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.
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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.
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Action, Baby!
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.
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Personal Side
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.
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