George Chakiris Honored At LAGFF With A Life Achievement Award As Master Entertainer, Dancer, Singer And Actor of Stage, Screen And Television
Los Angeles -- If anyone today is synonymous with the legitimate stage, theater, television and film it is definitely George Chakiris. He is by far one of the most creative consummate entertainers of our time, whose repertoire encompasses all facets of performance, spanning a half century, yet his vibrant outlook and Greek charm, inherited from his parents who were Greek immigrants from Asia Minor, instilled in him the passion, conviction and self confidence to pursue his interests with keen determination and insight.
I had contemplated writing my usual soft soliloquy, with the its never ending ubiquitous monologue but decided against it since this man's body of work is so well documented and so readily available that anything else is a rehash.
Not one for a spoiler alert I did have a chance to speak to George a few years back when I was hosting a local radio program and writing a monthly column about Hollywood. Back then as now I remained charmed by his humility, graciousness and the seemingly youthful appearance of a man who is in his eighties and doesn't look a day over forty.
A true consummate professional whose gregarious nature has not only endeared him as an icon of our pop culture but a successful entertainer parlaying his performance skills whether dancing, acting, singing and all of the above together into a living legend who continues to entertain us through his memorable insight and dramatic presence.
I told you it will be short and sweet. George Chakiris will be the recipient of the 12th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival being held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood this coming Sunday. I hope you will join me as well as his peers, friends and admirers in paying tribute to an Oscar(R) winner and master consummate performer of our time, whose body of work is legendary and whose performances are memorable.
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