Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 87
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May 19, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

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Telly Savalas plays 4 Kojak' with Greek charm By Jerry Buck LOS A N G E L E S ( A P ) Last fall the three television networks brought forth 19 new series. At midseason 10 fell by the wayside. Of the remaining shows only one was an unqualified hit - CBS's "Kojak." Theo Kojak, the lollypop- licking New York City police lieutenant with a Polish name and a Greek outlook, is played to perfection by Telly Savalas. Savalas, with his shaven head and heavy facial features, free-wheels his way through the role with Greek charm and good- natured menace. "I think he's an ordinary- looking gorilla," he said. "Honest enough. He's not a tough supercop, although the writers lean to that direction. He'll be even more interesting when we find out who he is and learn about his personal life." Savalas said he wants to develop Kojak's character in episodes to be filmed later this year. "Maybe he'll have a romance. It's been suggested," he said. "I see him ISLAND Nowyou can take the whole family on a spectacular new Lion Country Safari at Kings Island 74. " - ^jL ^.;:^,. ; -'^' T ^-";^,,^.;--^-:i--'-^,.- : - OHimb into a-grouncfievel^ait conditiotied.rnbnorail for-an^iricredible/two- mile;in\de Jhrough the^im^ · V " Y/Cdirfeeyeball-tq-eyeball with hundreds:of wild creatures. Prides of lions. ; Hep|iaM r^erds. Hippos: Giraffes^ Zebras. Rhinos. Ostriches., __ All roamjng free in their natural habitat. ThTS"unf6rgettable African wildlife adventure is yours as'a special free bonus--part of the riew,excitement at Kings .Island. KINGS ISLAND GOES WILD MAY 25, 26, 27 · Grand Opening Parade-Saturday..May 25th. " · Air F^rce Jets--Formation Flyover May 25th. · HigK School Bands-Some of America's Best. All Weekend of Grand Opening. · Fireworks Americana--A Dazzling Display~Nightly at 10:00 p.m. · Firestone International Air Show-Hot Air Balloon Ascent, 3-Man Skydiver Parachute Desccjnt, Biplane "Dogfight" Overhead-All on International Street. » The Great Wallenda- World Famous Highwire Act! High above Old Coney. AIL Weekend of Grand Opening. AFRK^VNWlLDLFEADVENTlJREAr Open from 1 from May 25th. On.I-71 betuieen.Cincinnati and Columbus. One all-inclusive price for Kings Island and Lion Country Safari. taking romance as it comes. Even if it's a one nigTit stand. He's no Rudolph Valentino Hollywood lover. You can make love across a room with just a look." "Kojak" got a late start. It was the last weekly show to premiere in the fall -- because of the writers' strike -- and did not complete production until the end of March. Now, because of the possibility of an actor's strike, it's going right back into production for next year. The first six shows will be filmed on location in New York. "It'll be more personal in New York than shooting in California and trying to create a New York atmosphere," Savalas said. The series is an outgrowth of the movie "The Marcus- Nelson Murders," which writer-executive producer Abby Mann based on the murders of two career girls in New York. It was riot intended to be a pilot. But CBS had been looking for a series for Savalas and when the movie drew a high rating and critical acclaim, the network put it into the schedule. It is doubtful that Savalas would have allowed the name Kojak to stick if he had known he would be doing a series. Savalas, outwardly and inwardly Greek-oriented, would have wanted a more flowing name. His own first name is Aristotle. Savalas was a latecomer to acting, not taking it up until he was 36. He's now 50. With a degree in psychology from Columbia University, he went to work for the State Department and quickly rose to executive director of information services. Then he became an executive with ABC, where he created "Your Voice of America'.' series. It won Freedom Foundation and Peabody awards. His acting career began when he was unable to help a theatrical agent find an actor to do a particular European accent. Savalas took the role and appeared in only three television shows when he was spotted by Burt Lancaster. Lancaster signed him for the role of Feto Gomez in "Birdman of Alcatraz," which won him a nomination for an Academy Award as best supporting actor in 1962.. "When I was w i t h the State D e p a r t m e n t and I would interview Presidents Truman or Eisenhower or Andrei Gromyko, I was never nervous," Savalas said. "I was never nervous with the men who ruled the world. "All of a sudden I was in a picture with Burt Lancaster. I was in awe. It was part of the m y s t i q u e . I was speechless. I can understand people who come up to me for autographs. I was the same way." He became one of the screen's leading heavies. As someone put it, he had the "face that launched a thousand threats." SHOWTIME. MAY 19,1974 .RLESTON, W. VA. Us

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