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George Chakiris

George Chakiris made his film debut at the age of 12 singing in the chorus of Song of Love (1947). Following his graduation from high school, he supported his night-time dancing, singing and dramatic lessons with a daytime job clerking in a Los Angeles department store. Later he started his acting/dancing career appearing in musicals such as ... See full bio »
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West Side Story
West Side Story Bernardo
Diamond Head
Diamond Head Dr. Dean Kahana
Notorious Woman
Notorious Woman Frédéric Chopin


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 1996 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Max Bernard
- Extra! Extra! (1996) ... Max Bernard
 1995 Les filles du Lido (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Saskia
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Saskia
 1992 Human Target (TV Series)
- Chances Are (1992) ... Robillard
 1990 Pale Blood
Michael Fury
 1989-1990 Superboy (TV Series)
Professor Peterson
- Microboy (1990) ... Professor Peterson
- Superboy's Deadly Touch (1989) ... Professor Peterson
- The Battle with Bizarro (1989) ... Professor Peterson
- Bizarro... the Thing of Steel (1989) ... Professor Peterson
- Lex Luthor: Sentenced to Die! (1989) ... Professor Peterson
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Eric Bowman
- Weave a Tangled Web (1989) ... Eric Bowman
 1988 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Daniel Espinoza
- Episode #1.889 (1988) ... Daniel Espinoza
- Episode #1.888 (1988) ... Daniel Espinoza
- Episode #1.887 (1988) ... Daniel Espinoza
 1985-1986 Dallas (TV Series)
- Nothing's Ever Perfect (1986) ... Nicholas
- Just Desserts (1986) ... Nicholas
- Masquerade (1986) ... Nicholas
- Sitting Ducks (1986) ... Nicholas
- Overture (1986) ... Nicholas
 1985 Hell Town (TV Series)
Ric Montenez
- Let My Jennie Go (1985) ... Ric Montenez
 1984 Poor Little Rich Girls (TV Series)
Prince Rudolph
- The Gentleman Caller (1984) ... Prince Rudolph
 1984 Nihon no omokage (TV Mini-Series)
Lafcadio HEARN
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Angelo Spinelli
- Lost and Found (1984) ... Angelo Spinelli
 1983-1984 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Clark Sawyer / Brett Cole
- Waltz of Death (1984) ... Clark Sawyer
- The Showgirl Murders (1983) ... Brett Cole
 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
Bernard DeJardine
- Fox Trap (1983) ... Bernard DeJardine
 1978-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Captain Claude Dumarque / Pierre
- The Magic Camera/Mata Hari/Valerie (1982) ... Captain Claude Dumarque
- Return to Fantasy Island (1978) ... Pierre
 1979 Why Not Stay for Breakfast?
George Clark
 1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Carlo Indrezzano
- Death in Disguise (1978) ... Carlo Indrezzano
 1970-1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Alex Solkin / Dr. John Martins / Dr. Bryan Christopher
- The Last Performance (1975) ... Alex Solkin
- Tio Taco, MD (1972) ... Dr. John Martins
- Trial by Terror (1970) ... Dr. Bryan Christopher
 1975 Ten from the Twenties (TV Series)
James Dell
- The Orsini Emeralds (1975) ... James Dell
 1974 Notorious Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Frédéric Chopin
- Resolution (1974) ... Frédéric Chopin
- Sonata (1974) ... Frédéric Chopin
- Prelude (1974) ... Frédéric Chopin
- Trial (1974) ... Frédéric Chopin
 1974 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Captain Chuck Corwin
- ...---... (S.O.S.) (1974) ... Captain Chuck Corwin
 1974 Thriller (TV Series)
Robert Stone
- The Savage Curse (1974) ... Robert Stone
 1973 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Joseph Herara / Nick Katomeris / Jake
- A Bullet for the General (1973) ... Joseph Herara
- Dangerous Windfall (1973) ... Nick Katomeris
- 4th and Cherry : Code Three (1973) ... Jake
 1972 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Chris Lahani
- Death Is a Company Policy (1972) ... Chris Lahani
 1969 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Mousey the Dip
 1969 Sharon vestida de rojo
Robert Bowman
 1969 The Big Cube
Johnny Allen
 1968 The Day the Hot Line Got Hot
Eric Ericson
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Role Unknown (1984)
 1967 Kismet (TV Movie)
The Caliph
 1966 Paris brûle-t-il?
GI in Tank (as Georges Chakiris)
 1966 Il ladro della Gioconda
 1965 McGuire, Go Home!
 1964 633 Squadron
Lt. Erik Bergman
 1964 Flight from Ashiya
2nd Lt. John Gregg
 1964 Bebo's Girl
Arturo Cappellini, detto 'Bube'
 1963 Kings of the Sun
 1962 Diamond Head
Dr. Dean Kahana
 1962 Two and Two Make Six
Larry Curado
 1961 West Side Story
 1957 Under Fire
Pvt. Steiner (uncredited)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Young Groom (as George Kerris)
 1955 The Girl Rush
Chorus Boy in 'Hillbilly Heart' Number (as George Chakaris)
 1954 There's No Business Like Show Business
Dancer (uncredited)
 1954 The Country Girl
Dancer with Pick (uncredited)
 1954 White Christmas
Dancer (uncredited)
 1954 Brigadoon
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
 1953 Give a Girl a Break
Dancer (uncredited)
 1953 Second Chance
La Cumbre Villager (uncredited)
 1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Chorus Boy (uncredited)
 1953 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Dancer (as George Kerris)
 1953 Call Me Madam
Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)
 1952 Stars and Stripes Forever
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
 1951 The Great Caruso
Dancer (uncredited)
 1947 Song of Love
Choir Boy (as George Kerris)
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He acted in Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's musical, "West Side Story," at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, England with Marlys Watters, Don McKay, Mary Preston, Ken Le Roy, Linsay Dolan, and Leo Kharibian in the cast. Jerome Robbins was director. See more »

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1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 2 Pictorials | See more »

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Alternate Names:

George Chakaris | Georges Chakiris | George Kerris


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[on Pale Blood, his last film, 1990] Ooooh, that was a tough one. I took it because the writer-director had come up with this totally different take on a vampire film. But lo, and I don't know what happened, SHE got replaced and a producer ended up directing it. I ended up not doing anything in it; it was boring, I thought. I've never seen it. I never want to see it. I know if I did, I wouldn't ... See more »


He was one of the tuxedoed male dancers surrounding Marilyn Monroe for the 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' number in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953). See more »


Silky yet explosive dance style

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