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The Lamb’s Virtual Conversation With George Chakiris

The Lamb’s Virtual Conversation With George Chakiris
On Tuesday April 6th, 8:00 PM EST join the Zoom Meeting via computer, tablet or smartphone with Broadway, film and TV actor George Chakiris. Meeting ID: 896 4926 5503 Passcode: 1874GC

I graduate from the American School of Dance, George Chakiris recalls the early days of passing the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, “where the worlds most glamorous people were seen,” never thinking that one day he would be attending his own premiere for West Side Story (for which he received a Golden Globe and an Academy Award) and eventually, in Dec, 2011, would have his hand and foot prints placed in the famous forecourt, among those whom he had idolized.

George Chakiris 

In 1947, Chakiris made his film debut in the chorus of Song of Love. Later he appeared in several small roles, usually as a dancer or a member of the chorus in various musical films. He was one of the dancers in Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondesreleased in 1953. He again appeared as a dancer alongside Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas in “Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me.” 

In 1961, George’s biggest success came with the film West Side Story, for which he won the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Bernardo, leader of the Sharks. He had also appeared as Riff, leader of the Jets, in the West End in London. He starred as a doctor in the film Diamond Head released in 1963, opposite Charlton Heston and Yvette Mimieux, and in 1967, he appeared alongside Gene Kelly in Jacques Demy’s French musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.

Besides films, Chakiris performed on Broadway and for television. In the early 1960s, he embarked on a career as a pop singer, resulting in a couple of minor hit songs. In 1960, he recorded one single with noted producer Joe Meek.

George Chakiris worked more in television in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing on such shows as Wonder WomanMedical CenterHawaii Five-ODallasMurder, She Wroteand the TV daytime drama Santa Barbara. In Superboy, he appeared as Professor Peterson during the series first two seasons from 1988-1990. Chakiris’s last role to date was in a 1996 episode of the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.

His reclusive reputation has made him highly sought for interviews. His hobby of making sterling silver jewelry has turned into a new occupation and can be viewed at
Leading our conversation is Honorary Lamb Foster Hirsch, a noted film historian, author of 16 books on
Lamb Magda Katz is the Collie  (Lambs lingo for ‘producer).


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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