Telly Savalas


January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994

Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas was probably best know as the lollipop-chomping title character in the popular CBS drama Kojak Of course, he did a lot of other things, including co-starring roles in The Dirty Dozen, Kelly’s Heroes and – as supervillain, Ernst Blofeld – in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. He also was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance opposite Burt Lancaster in The Birdman of Alcatraz. Telly continued to work into his 70’s and didn’t stop even when he was diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer.  He died of the disease just one day after his 72nd birthday.  The outpouring of support for Telly after his death was a great example of, although he often played tough guy roles, just how gentle and beloved he was.

As Kojak would say: Who loves ya, baby?


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Liberty, Lot 1281; Walk past the central statue of George Washington, up (south) to the next/second section of the Court, Turn left at the sidewalk (when you see Stan Laurel), continue walking east into the last garden area before the road, immediately upon entering this section, turn to the left and Telly’s grave is in the second family plot from the sidewalk.


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