The 50 best Greek Actors and Actresses

by g-tyaneus | created - 02 Jul 2012 | updated - 02 Jul 2012 | Public

1. Ellie Lambeti

Actress | To teleftaio psemma

She studied theatre at Marika Kotopouli's drama school. She worked with Karolos Koun Art Theatre. She played at "Blood Wedding" (Federico García Lorca) and "The glass Menagerie" (Tennessee Williams) in the late forties. She also worked with Mrs Katerina (famous Greek actress at that time) and with ...

2. Katina Paxinou

Actress | For Whom the Bell Tolls

Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several ...

3. Alexis Minotis

Actor | Land of the Pharaohs

Alexis Minotis was born on August 8, 1898 in Canea, Greece as Alexis Minotakis. He was an actor and director, known for Land of the Pharaohs (1955), Notorious (1946) and The Chase (1946). He was married to Katina Paxinou. He died on November 11, 1990 in Athens, Greece.

4. Dimitris Horn

Actor | Alloimono stous neous

Dimitris Horn was born in 1921, in Athens, Greece. His father was Pantelis Horn, a well-known Greek playwright. He studied at the Drama School of the National Theater of Greece, where he made his stage debut in 1941. He collaborated with the National Theater many times in his career, but also made ...

5. Melina Mercouri

Actress | Pote tin Kyriaki

Melina Mercouri was born in Athens, Greece on October 18, 1920. An early woman activist, she was elected to the Greek Parliament in 1977. Later Miss Mercouri was to become the first woman to hold a Senior cabinet post "Minister of Culture" in the Greek government. In 1971 she wrote her ...

6. Aimilios Veakis

Actor | Astero

Aimilios Veakis was born on December 13, 1884 in Piraeus, Greece. He was an actor, known for Astero (1929), The Voice of the Heart (1943) and Maria Pentagiotissa (1927). He died on June 29, 1951 in Athens, Greece.

7. Mimis Fotopoulos

Actor | O grousouzis

Mimis Fotopoulos was born on April 20, 1913 in Zatouna Gortynias, Greece. He was an actor and writer, known for O Grousouzis (1952), The Taxi Driver (1953) and You've Got to Keep Cool (1951). He died on October 29, 1986 in Athens, Greece.

8. Dinos Iliopoulos

Actor | O atsidas

Born in 1913 (or 1915, according to some sources), in Alexandria, Egypt, but raised in Marseille, France. His family moved in Athens in 1935. He studied acting at the Drama School of Giannoulis Sarantidis and made his stage debut in a 1944 Athens production of Leo Lenz's "Lady I Love You." In 1946,...

9. Thanasis Vengos

Actor | Ti ekanes ston polemo Thanasi

Thanasis Vengos was born in 1927 in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Greece. He made his movie debut in 1952 and played many supporting parts in films of the 1950s, often working as a technician, too. His first really major part was in the anti-war comedy Psila ta heria Hitler (1962); he followed that with a ...

10. Giorgos Pappas

Actor | Prosopa lismonimena

Giorgos Pappas was born in 1903 in Athens, Greece. He was an actor, known for Forgotten Faces (1946), The Man on the Train (1958) and The Other (1952). He died in 1958 in Athens.

11. Anna Synodinou

Actress | The 300 Spartans

Anna Synodinou was born on November 21, 1927 in Loutraki, Greece. She was an actress, known for The 300 Spartans (1962), Ilektra (1962) and Dollars and Dreams (1956). She was married to George Marinakis. She died on January 7, 2016 in Athens, Greece.

12. Alekos Alexandrakis

Actor | Thriamvos

Alekos Alexandrakis was born in 1928, in Athens, Greece. He studied at the Drama School of the Greek National Theater and made his stage debut in a 1949 Athens production of Daphne Du Maurier's "Autumn Tide". He soon became one of the best actors of his generation, appearing in Euripides' "...

13. Manos Katrakis

Actor | Antigoni

Katrakis was born in Kissamos, Chania, Crete. He was the youngest of the five children of the merchant Charalambos Katrakis merchant and his wife Irini.

In 1919 the family moved to Athens, where Manos, who had almost no acting experience, first appeared in theatrical scene. He made his debut aged ...

14. Jenny Karezi

Actress | Lysistrati

At the beginning of her career she played several roles at the Greek National Theatre with Katina Paxinou and Alexis Minotis. At the same time she appeared at several movies and she became a star, a protagonist at once. she creates her own personal groups and plays mostly comedy with (1960) great ...

15. Mary Aroni

Actress | I gynaika mou trellathike

Mary Aroni was born in 1914, in Athens, Greece. She studied at the Drama School of the National Theater of Greece and made her stage debut in 1935, opposite legendary Greek actress Marika Kotopouli. She was soon hailed as a major actress, created personal groups and collaborated with the National ...

16. Dimitris Papamichael

Actor | I arhontissa ki o alitis

Dimitris Papamichael was born in 1934, in Piraeus, Greece. He studied acting at the Drama School of the National Greek Theater, where he made his stage debut in 1955 in Euripides' "Hecuba" and interpreted several important roles during 1955-1960: Treplev in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull", Jimmy ...

17. Sotiris Moustakas

Actor | An itan to violi pouli...

Sotiris Moustakas was born in 1940 in Lemessos, Cyprus. He was an actor, known for An itan to violi pouli... (1984), O tsitsiolinos (1987) and Nude as a Trap (1968). He was married to Maria Bonelou. He died on June 4, 2007 in Athens, Greece.

18. Dimitris Myrat

Actor | I villa me ta noufara

Dimitris Myrat was born in 1908 in Athens, Greece. He was an actor, known for The Villa with Water Lilies (1945), Eimai athoos (1960) and Eleftherios Venizelos: 1910-1927 (1980). He was married to Voula Zouboulaki. He died on January 10, 1991 in Athens.

19. Petros Fyssoun

Actor | O adelfos Anna

Petros Fyssoun was born in October 5, 1933 in Agrinio, Greece. Some sources claim that he was born in Russia. He was a child of a Russian refugee father, that settled in Greece after the October Revolution. He studied acting at the Drama School of "Theatro Technis" and made his stage debut in a ...

20. Dionysis Papagiannopoulos

Actor | To kanoni kai t' aidoni

Dionyssis Papayannopoulos was born in 1912, in Diakofto, Greece. He studied at the Drama School of the National Theater of Greece, where he made his stage debut in 1938, appearing (as the Knight) in Shakespeare's "King Lear". During the next two decades he collaborated with many prestigious stage ...

21. Irene Papas

Actress | The Guns of Navarone

Irene Papas was born on September 3, 1926 in Chilimodion, Corynth, Greece as Eiríni Lelékou. She is an actress, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Message (1976) and Electra (1962). She was previously married to Alkis Papas.

22. Kyveli

Actress | I agnostos

Kyveli was born in 1887 as Kyveli Adrianu. She was an actress, known for Madame X (1956) and The Wrong Road (1936). She was married to George Papandreou, Mitsos Myrat and Kostas Theodoridis. She died on May 26, 1978 in Athens, Greece.

23. Labros Konstadaras

Actor | Anna Roditi

Labros Konstadaras (13 March 1913 - 28 June 1985) was one of the greatest actors of Greek theatre and cinema, excellent both in comedy and drama, with ancestry from Istanbul. He was the brother of actress Mitsi Konstadaras and father of former New Democracy MP Dimitris Konstadaras who gave him two ...

24. Kostas Hatzihristos

Actor | O Thymios sti hora tou strip-tease

Kostas Hatzihristos was born in 1921 in Salonica, Greece. He was an actor and director, known for O Thymios sti hora tou strip-tease (1963), Poios tha plirosi to marmaro (1956) and Tis kakomoiras (1963). He was married to Ketty Diridaoua and Eleni Pantazi. He died on October 3, 2001 in Athens, ...

25. Stelios Mainas

Actor | Tetarti 04:45

Stelios Mainas was born on October 1, 1957 in Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece. He is an actor, known for Wednesday 04:45 (2015), Mystikes diadromes (2001) and Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002). He has been married to Katia Sperelaki since 1988. They have one child.

26. Rena Vlahopoulou

Actress | Protevousianikes peripeteies

Rena Vlahopoulou was born in 1923 in Corfu, Greece as Irini Vlahopoulou. She was an actress, known for The Girl from Corfu (1956), Viva Rena (1967) and Mia Ellinida Sto Haremi (1971). She was married to Giorgos Lafazanis, Giannis Kostopoulos and Kostas Vasileiou. She died on July 29, 2004 in Athens...

27. Antonis Kafetzopoulos

Actor | Akadimia Platonos

Antonis Kafetzopoulos was born on October 13, 1951 in Istanbul, Turkey as Antonios Kafetzopoulos. He is an actor and director, known for Plato's Academy (2009), Revanche (1983) and Unfair World (2011). He is married to Faye Kokkinopoulou.

28. Anna Panagiotopoulou

Actress | Oi treis Harites

Anna Panayiotopoulou is a famous Greek actress that has starred in many series, films and theatrical plays. She became famous after starring in the Greek series "Madame Sousou" on 1986. A major hit of her career was starring as one of the three Haritou sisters in the Greek hit series "Oi treis ...

29. Vasilis Diamantopoulos

Actor | Mathe paidi mou grammata

Vasilis Diamantopoulos was born on November 15, 1920 in Piraeus, Greece. He was an actor and director, known for Learn How to Read and Write, Son (1981), The Children of the Swallow (1987) and Marinos Kontaras (1948). He was married to Marina Georgiou and Tonia Karali. He died on May 5, 1999 in ...

30. Vasilis Logothetidis

Actor | Oi Germanoi xanarhontai...

Vasilis Logothetidis was born in 1898 in Myriofitto, East Thraca, Greece. He was an actor, known for Oi Germanoi xanarhontai... (1948), Enas Iros Me Padoufles (1958) and The Counterfeit Coin (1955). He died on February 22, 1960 in Athens, Greece.

31. Gerasimos Skiadaressis

Actor | Appartamento ad Atene

Gerasimos Skiadaressis was born in 1960 in Patra, Greece. He is an actor, known for Apartment in Athens (2011), Balkanisateur (1997) and Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001). He has been married to Bessy Malfa since 1997. They have three children.

32. Giorgos Mihalakopoulos

Actor | Apostolos kai monos

Giorgos Mihalakopoulos was born in 1938 in Athens, Greece. He is an actor and director, known for The Lonely Postman (2006), Apostolos kai monos (2006) and I oraia tou kourea (1969).

33. Giannis Voglis

Actor | O 13os

Yannis Voglis was born in 1937, in Athens, Greece. He studied acting at the Drama School of Pelos Katselis and made his stage debut in a 1961 Athens revival of Brecht's "The Rise of Arthuro Oui" (directed by Carolos Koun). He had a solid theatrical career; his highlihts include Ibsen's "Peer Guyyd"...

34. Giannis Bezos

Actor | Kliniki periptosi

Giannis Bezos was born on September 10, 1956 in Athens, Greece as Ioannis Bezos. He is an actor and director, known for Kliniki periptosi (2011), I zoi en tafo (2019) and Tis Ellados ta paidia (1993). He is married to Natalia Tsaliki. They have one child.

35. Giorgos Moshidis

Actor | Happy Day

Giorgos Moshidis was born in 1931 in Kavala, Greece. He was an actor, known for Happy Day (1976), To prosopo tis imeras (1965) and Misunderstanding (1983). He died on December 24, 2018 in Greece.

36. Despo Diamantidou

Actress | Love and Death

Despo Diamantidou was born on July 13, 1916 in Piraeus, Greece as Despina Diamantidou. She was an actress, known for Love and Death (1975), Madalena (1960) and The Girl of the Neighbourhood (1954). She was married to Andreas Filippides. She died on February 18, 2004 in Athens, Greece.

37. Eleni Hatziargyri

Actress | Amartisa gia to paidi mou

Eleni Hajiargyri was born in 1923, in Athens, Greece. She studied acting under the supervision of gifted theater director Carolos Koun and made her stage debut in a 1942 Athens production of Ibsen' s "Rommerscholm". She quickly became one of the top actresses of the first post-war generation, often...

38. Eva Kotamanidou

Actress | Roza

Eva Kotamanidou was born on March 16, 1936 in Athens, Greece. She is an actress, known for Roza (1982), A Charmed Life (1993) and The Travelling Players (1975).

39. Elli Fotiou

Actress | Epistrofi

Elli Fotiou was born in October 1940 in Piraeus, Greece. She is an actress, known for Return (1965), Mias pentaras neiata (1967) and The Fear (1966). She is married to Stefanos Linaios.

40. Thanos Kotsopoulos

Actor | O agapitikos tis voskopoulas

Thanos Kotsopoulos was born in 1911 in Athens, Greece. He was an actor and writer, known for The Shepherd's Daughter (1955), Karagiozis, o adikimenos tis zois (1959) and Some Water, Please, Mrs. Vangelio! (1959). He died in 1994 in Athens.

41. Ilia Livykou

Actress | Sta synora tis prodosias

Ilia Livykou was born in 1919 in Heraklio Crete, Greece as Amalia Hatzaki. She was an actress, known for Sta synora tis prodosias (1968), Crazy Blood (1963) and Antigone (1961). She was married to Agisilaos Kozyris. She died on September 6, 2002.

42. Thymios Karakatsanis

Actor | O kyrios genikos

Thymios Karakatsanis was born on December 8, 1940 in Piraeus, Greece. He was an actor and director, known for O kyrios genikos (1973), To pio labro asteri (1967) and Grafeio synoikesion (1971). He died on June 30, 2012 in Athens, Greece.

43. Kostas Arzoglou

Actor | Tereza Varma Dakosta

Kostas Arzoglou was born on October 31, 1947 as Konstantinos Arzoglou. He is an actor and director, known for Tereza Varma Dakosta (1975), Paraxeno spiti (1991) and Oikogeneia Mousama (1991).

44. Kostas Voutsas

Actor | O erotas tou Odyssea

Kostas Voutsas was born in Athens, in 1931. He studied at the Drama School of the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and made his stage and screen debut in 1953. His breakthrough came in 1961, when Giannis Dalianidis gave him a key part in his phenomenally successful youth melodrama The Decline...

45. Antigoni Valakou

Actress | Golfo

Antigoni Valakou was born in 1930 in Kavala, Greece. She was an actress, known for Golfo-Girl of the Mountains (1955), The Road with the Acacias (1954) and Heaven Is Ours (1953). She died on November 11, 2013 in Greece.

46. Vera Zavitsianou

Actress | I ekti entoli

Vera Zavitsianou was born in 1927 in Palaio Faliro, Peiraias, Greece. She was an actress, known for I ekti entoli (1989), I symfonia tis siopis (1992) and I elliniki tiletainia (1983). She died on September 18, 2008 in Athens, Greece.

47. Maro Kodou

Actress | An...

Maro Kodou was born on June 21, 1934 in Athens, Greece as Marianthi Kodou. She is an actress, known for What If... (2012), And the Woman Shall Fear Her Husband (1965) and Antigone (1961).

48. Minas Hatzisavvas

Actor | Enas allos kosmos

Minas Hatzisavvas was born on January 28, 1948 in Athens, Greece. He was an actor and writer, known for Worlds Apart (2015), Life on Sale (1995) and U-Turn (1991). He died on November 30, 2015 in Athens.

49. Stefanos Linaios

Actor | To theatro tis Defteras

Stefanos Linaios was born in August 1928 in Messini, Greece as Dionissios Mitilinaios. He is an actor and director, known for To theatro tis Defteras (1970), Mana mou, ton agapisa (1961) and Randevou me ton erota (1957). He is married to Elli Fotiou.

50. Yorgo Voyagis

Actor | Frantic

Yorgo Voyagis was born on December 6, 1945 in Athens, Greece. He is known for his work on Frantic (1988), Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and Swept Away (2002). He has been married to Diana Scorits since 2005.



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