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Subject: ARCHIVE: Novemer 7, 1917 ~Happy 100th to the late character Greek-born actor Tito Vandis, who played in successful dramatic ("The Exorcist") AND comedic ("Everything You Aways Wanted to Know About Sex...") films of the 1970s, as well as TV guest roles (MASH, Barney Miller, etc)! ...

Vandis died in 2003.
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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 12:16:04pm
In reply to: Usually played Greeks, Italians, other ethnicities 's message, "Today's photo: Character actor Tito Vandis" on Wednesday, November 08, 06:29:34am

Greek-born actor who appeared in more than 100 films and television shows between 1953 and 2000.
He left Greece when a dictatorship took power and lived in the United States for 24 years. ...

Titos Vandis
(7 November 1917 – 23 February 2003)

Vandis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.

starred in the film Oi paranomoi (1958), which was entered into the 8th Berlin International Film Festival. He had early recognition in memorable performances in two of Jules Dassin’s most celebrated movies, "Never On Sunday" (1960) and "Topkapi" (1964). Vandis was a familiar figure on Broadway in the 1960 and 1970s where he appeared in a number of hit shows.

In 1972, he appeared in the Woody Allen film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*
(*But Were Afraid to Ask) as an Armenian shepherd who was in love with a sheep. ...

In the very dramatic classic horror film, "The Exorcist" (1973), he had a small role as the uncle of protagonist
Father Damien Karras. -Vandis, seen here with actor Jason Miller, and director William Friedkin. ...

Vandis was a guest-star in 1976 on the NBC situation comedy The Practice, playing Nicolas in the episode "The Nose."
On The A-Team, he guest-starred in the episode "Body Slam" (1985) alongside Hulk Hogan. In a New Years Eve 1974,
Vandis was in a memorable episode "Private Charles Lamb" of M.A.S.H., where he played a officer 'Col. Andropolis' of the Greek Army. ...

Vandis appeared in over 250 plays before making his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965). He created the role of Themistocles Kriakos, a Greek shipping magnate who believed in reincarnation and planned to leave his fortune to his future self. Boston Globe critic Kevin Kelly wrote that Vandis played the role with "marvellous finesse" and that the character was "rather like Zorba as a businessman with $4 million." He later joined the cast of Man of La Mancha playing the role of Sancho Panza. Vandis was also in the original Broadway cast of Illya Darling (1967), a Tony-nominated musical based on his film Never On Sunday (1960). ...

Tito Vandis died February 23, 2003, in an Athens, Greece, hospital after a long battle
with cancer. He was 86, and was interred at Athens First Cemetery in Athens, GREECE. ...

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I just saw Vandis on TV's BARNEY MILLER, with the late actress Caroline McWilliams (1945-2010). (NT)He was always very good at what he did.Wednesday, November 08, 04:06:34pm

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