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Telly Savalas’ Death – Cause and Date

The movie actor Telly Savalas died at the age of 72. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Bald actor who portrayed detective Kojak on TV and played a major role in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. His other notable films include The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Young Savages, and The Dirty Dozen.

His first wife was his college sweetheart, Katherine Nicolaides. He was married to his third wife, Julie Hovland, from 1984 until his death in 1994.

What killed Telly Savalas?

Savalas died of complications of cancer of the bladder and prostate.

Where did Telly Savalas die?

The actor died on January 22, 1994, at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. He died only one day after his 72nd birthday.


His funeral was held in the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.

His third wife, Julie, and his brother Gus attended the funeral. His two ex-wives, Katherine and Marilyn, also attended with their own children.

There were many celebrity mourners at the funeral including Frank Sinatra, Angie Dickinson, Nicollette Sheridan, Don Rickles, Jennifer Aniston (his goddaughter), and Kevin Sorbo.

Where is he buried?

Savalas was interred at the George Washington section of Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

The inscription on his grave reads:

The hour of departure has arrived,
and we go our ways~
I to die and you to live.
Which is better God only knows.

Telly Savalas grave
Telly Savalas’ grave



"I was born with a romantic nature, and I'll carry it to my grave."

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"I'm a proud Greek. I carry my Hellenism like a badge of merit."

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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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"I came from a tough neighborhood. I used to be a 'dirty Greek.'"

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