George Chakiris

2006 Winter Hollywood Collectors Show

Chakiris in 2006, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Norwood, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1932

Ethnicity: Greek

George Chakiris is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story (1961). He has also been billed as George Kerris.

His parents, Zoe and Stelianos “Steven” Chakiris, were ethnic Greeks, who were born in Turkey.

George’s paternal grandfather was named Aristotelis “Aristotle” Chakiris.

George’s paternal grandmother was named Ekaterini “Cathryn” Pappalazarou.

George’s maternal grandfather was surnamed Anastasiadou.

Sources: George Chakiris on the 1940 U.S. Census –

George’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. sadie says:

    He is Greek. When I was about 12 and I saw him on the screen I thought he was so good looking!

  2. k.a says:

    in yr wrong writing abt the origin of george chakiris i am sure that the parents of George were greek

  3. Dea says:

    I really think He’s Albanian..
    I mean his Origin could be Albanian.
    Alot of Albanians move to Greece, and Label themselfs as Greek, maybe his parents, or grandparents did that also… But I really want to find out what is George Chakiris.

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