Telly Savalas Net Worth At Death
Telly Savalas was an American actor best known for playing Theo Kojak on the hit television series Kojak (1973-78). Along with acting, Telly also pursued an active singing career; several albums from him charted worldwide. Born January 21 in Garden City New York to Greek immigrant parents, Telly died at 72 from prostate and bladder cancer in Universal City California.
Telly was raised in Brooklyn, New York where he attended Cobbett Junior High School before enrolling at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park to play baseball and basketball on their teams. Following graduation he attended Columbia University’s School of General Studies to take courses in English, radio and psychology before enrolling as a medical student at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans for further medical studies.
World War II saw him serve in the U.S. Army and earn two medals: Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After leaving military service in 1946 with the rank of corporal, he began an acting career which saw his first television appearance being Armstrong Circle Theatre anthology series, followed by Brother Hendricksen on 77 Sunset Strip as well as guest spots on other shows.
Following his success with Kojak, Savalas began appearing in more movies; these included The Young Savages, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes – in addition to portraying Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Telly was an avid collector of antiques and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Additionally, in his personal life he married three times: first Katherine Nicolaides for five years from 1948-57; later Marilyn Gardner from 1960 to 1974 and finally Julie Hovland from 1984 up until his death.
Telly was known for his distinctive raspy voice and flamboyant stage presence during his long and prolific career, garnering multiple hit records as well as nominations and awards nominations throughout the course of his life. In 1977 he was honored by being honored as an original pioneer by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Although Telly Savalas first came to public notice as one of Kojak’s stars, he continued acting and singing until his death from prostate and bladder cancer in 1994. Over his lifetime he amassed an enormous fortune through acting and singing; at death his estimated net worth was estimated at $5 Million. For more information about Telly visit his wiki/bio page or his fans can always be reminded that he left an extraordinary legacy that will never be forgotten!