George Chakiris

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Actor, singer (1932)
Tue Jun 06 2023
By   rojina

George Chakiris is an Academy Award-winning actor known internationally for his role as Bernardo in West Side Story. He is also best recognized for the movies like 633 Squadron, Bebo's Girl, Kings of the Sun, Flight From Ashiya, The Big Cube, and many others.

He is also a singer apart from an actor. Initially in his career, he was often billed as George Kerris. Let's know more about this inspirational star.

The Early Life of George

Bebo's Girl Actor was born on September 16, 1932, in Norwood. It is the second-most populous city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. He was born and raised in his own hometown. 

George Chakris is one of seven children. He was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith and his parents immigrated from Turkey in the 1910s. They are of Greek origin.

George Chakiris in his young age posing for the picture looking above
George Chakiris at a young age posing for the picture looking above. Photo source: MUBI

He was interested in singing from an early age. He thought of establishing his career in the field of singing but he later shifted to acting too because he did not believe in limiting himself to one sector.

Family Details

Chakiris was born to the son of Steven Chakiris and Zoe Anastasiadou. He has not shared any information regarding his parent's professions on any media for the time being.

He prefers to have a low-key in the case of his family and relatives. But it is known that his father, Steve, was a talented musician who played the mandolin and wanted to be an actor. Sadly such a profession was not encouraged by George's strict grandparents. 

His parents must be well-supportive and caring because they supported him to fulfill his dream. Sadly they have both passed away by now.

Net Worth 

George Chakiris has a total net worth of $24 million. He has access to such an amount through his successful career as an actor, and singer.

George Chakiris in his young age posing for the picture looking in a side
George Chakiris at a young age posed for a picture looking to the side. Photo source: The famous people

He does not have his own personal business or other kinds of stuff that generate money for him rather than his career. He is living a lavish and luxurious life through the money he has got access to.

Social Media

George Chakiris is not active on social media. He does not have an account on social media as he has been recognized through his work rather than social media.

He prefers to keep his personal and related stuff away from the media. it might be the reason for not being active in the media.

A Supporter For Those With CHARGE Syndrome

Kings of the Sun actor has been actively supporting patients who suffer from the CHARGE syndrome. This syndrome is a disorder that affects many areas of the body like the heart, coloboma, heart defects, atresia, and many more.

George Chakiris in his young age posing for the picture looking above
George Chakiris at a young age posed for the picture looking above and wearing a red shirt. Photo source: Sala66-- Tumbler

His fans and well wishes have created the website Chakiris for CHARGE Syndrome to raise awareness about and funds for this rare genetic condition.

Is George Gay?

The singer Chakiris is not gay but has a straight sexual orientation. He never married anyone in his entire life. There is no information regarding his affairs and relationships as far.

His past relationship and affairs have also not been rumored in the media as he was a shy and introverted person at a young age.

Famous Songs of Chakiris 

The Big Cube actor Chakiris has sung many songs apart from acting. He mainly sings songs based on the hip-hop and pop genres.

George Chakiris in his old  age posing for the picture wearing spectacles
George Chakiris in his old age posing for the picture. Photo source: The famous people

His famous songs include Heart of a teenage girl, naked city theme,  it's not unusual, mon pays c'est le soleil, memories are made of this, it’s fun to be in love, and many more.

Career Highlights

Bebo of The Bebo's Girl

The Academy Award winner Chakiris has starred as the reel character Bebo in the novel-based movie Bebo's Girl. It has made in the drama and romance genre and was first released on January 24, 1964, in Italy.

It is a historical fiction novel by Italian writer Carlo Cassola which was published in 1960 and was awarded that year's Premio Strega. The movie is about A country girl who becomes involved with a partisan, follows him, and stands by him even when sentenced for crimes.

George In the Kings of The Sun

The actor Chakiris has starred as the reel character Balam in the adventure drama movie Kings of the Sun. The movie was first released on December 18, 1963. His character in the drama movie was the main attraction point of the drama.

George Chakiris in his old age posing for the picture looking with one hand on his cheek and wearing spectacle
George Chakiris in his old age posing for the picture looking with one hand on his cheek. Photo source: Networth Highest salary

The movie describes the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of Chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of King Balam.

Chakris in White Christmas

It’s fun to be in love singer George Chakris, appeared as the character of a dancer in the musical film White Christmas. It was released on October 14, 1954, in the United States and was made on a budget of $2 million and has also collected a good sum of money.

The 1954 musical film centers around a group of entertainers during World War II keen on spreading the holiday spirit to save a failing Vermont inn.

Frédéric Chopin of Notorious Woman

Superboy actor Chakiris has starred as the reel character Frédéric Chopin in the American drama series Notorious Woman. It was released on November 3, 1974, in the United States.

Notorious Woman is a 1974 BBC television serial based on the life of the French author George Sand. The drama has only one season and the character of Chakris by Frédéric Chopin was liked by many people.

Golden Globe Award winner For West Side Story

Golden Globe Award winner actor Chakiris has been well known for his appearance in the 1961 film version of West Side Story as Bernardo Nunez. It was first released on December 10, 2021, in the United States and become successful to collect $76 million at the box office.

West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The movie is about the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet".

George Chakiris in his young age posing for the picture carrying award on his hand
George Chakiris at a young age posing for a picture carrying an award in his hand. Photo source: Comment Over Hollywood

He won the ''Golden Globe Award'' for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture in 1962 and the ''Academy Award'' for Best Supporting Actor in 1962. Both awards were for the 1961 movie, West Side Story.

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Chakris at present

Memories are made of this singer who has now taken a break from the movie industry and singing field. He has starred in many famous movies and television series in his entire movie journey. He was active in the industry since 1947.

Chakiris made his film debut at the age of twelve singing in the chorus of Song of Love. His last role was in a 1996 episode of the British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine before he retired. He is now 86 years old and lives in Los Angeles.

In the 2020s he made a few appearances in theatre productions and appeared in Rita Moreno's Documentary: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. He also played a role in the 2021 movie called Not to Forget despite being in his nineties.

Famous TV Series of Chakiris

Flight From Ashiya actor has starred in a lot of famous television series except movies through his incredible acting skills and talents.

His famous television series include Notorious Woman, Dallas, Thriller, and Superboy. He has also done many television shows.

Now A Brand: George Chakiris Collections

Many fans may not know that George Chakris loves making sterling silver jewelry. He has even opened his own brand, George Chakiris Collections.

They are available on his personal website and have many collections.


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