Birth Date: January 21, 1924
Birth Place: Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA
Date of Death: January 22, 1994 / Age: 70
Location of Death: Universal City, California, USA
Cause of Death: bladder cancer
Biography: Telly Savalas (January 21, 1924 – January 22, 1994) was a Greek-American actor. He was best known for his work on the Kojak television series, and for playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Savalas was born Aristotle Savalas in Garden City, New York to Greek parents, Nicholas and Christina Savalas. He served in World War II after he dropped out of Columbia University, where he was studying psychology. He was honourably discharged with a Purple Heart disability. During the early 1950s, Savalas worked for ABC Radio and eventually became the executive producer of his own popular talk show, "Telly's Coffee House". It was not until he was in his thirties that he decided to turn to acting.
Telly was well known for being totally bald. Up until the mid-1960s, he had what his family termed a halo—a ring of hair along the back and sides of his head. He eventually decided to shave off the remaining hair when he began playing in movies. Telly maintained that style for the rest of his life.
In the early 1990s, Savalas contracted bladder cancer, ultimately succumbing to the disease in 1994, only a day after he turned 70, in Universal City, California. He was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
He is the father of Nicolette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives He is also the godfather of Friends star Jennifer Aniston, with whom he shared Greek roots.
In addition, he was a keen poker enthusiast, finishing in 21st place in the 1992 $10,000 World Series of Poker.