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"I'm a romantic realist. I knew I would become a star, just as I know some day the bubble will burst."
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Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas (January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) was an American actor of Greek descent.

His movie and television career spanned more than thirty years, with a few iconic roles such as Archer Maggott in The Dirty Dozen and James Bond's Arch-Enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. His most memorable TV role was undeniably the lollipop-chomping NYPD Lieutenant Theofilides "Theo" Kojak in Kojak.

Fun Fact: In the DC Animated Universe, Lex Luthor's design was modeled on him as a homage to his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.


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  • Badass Baritone: For his roles, particularly the villains, he made very good use of the deep and smooth voice years and years of heavy smoking gave him.
  • Bald of Awesome: As Kojak.
  • Bald of Evil: Most famously as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Archer Maggott in The Dirty Dozen.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows were quite full, and his baldness made them stand out.
  • One-Hit Wonder: invoked He released one single song in his life, "If", in 1975, to great success. Well, technically, he didn't even sing in it.

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