George Chakiris was an all-around entertainer in his prime, he could dance, sing, and act all at once, as well as if it were the only thing he devoted his life to. As for acting, George’s best screen work is the character of Bernardo, in which he played West Side Story This project earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Chakiris is now retired and last had a theatrical release in the late 1990s. However, this does not mean that his works and life events will be forgotten in a hurry. Here we will take a look back at the major events in his life, including his marital life and all that we adore him for.
George Chakiri’s bio, dude
Veteran and retired entertainer – GeorgeChakiris began his life as the son of Steven and Zoe (born Anastasiadou) Chakiris on September 16, 1934 in Norwood, Ohio. He was raised by his parents who are Greek immigrants from Turkey. The nature of their work was such that they moved frequently which meant George attended different schools. At some point in his school age, he was sent to high school in Tucson, Arizona and Long Beach, after which he enrolled in college at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, USA. However, he only spent a year in college when he dropped out and moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in dance. Upon arriving in Hollywood, George Chakiris began working in the advertising unit of a department store to make ends meet,
Records state that Chakiris made his film debut in the chorus of the song of love from 1947 and in the following years he played some small roles in the chorus of various musical films. His earliest works include Marilyn Monroe’s 1947 Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend , The Great Caruso (1951), Call Me Woman , Second Chance , The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. – all in 1953.
George expanded his acting portfolio and by the 1960s he was making up to $100,000 per film he starred in. At the time, films in which he played the role of Bernardo Nuñez included The High Bright Sun (1965), Why Not Stay for Breakfast? (1979), Pale Blood (1990), Superboy (1989–1990), Human Goal (1992) and The Last Wine of Summer (1996).
Over the course of his almost 50-year career, George Chakiris has received numerous awards for his spectacular talent. The veteran dancer and actor won the Oscar – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (1961), Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film (1962), The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government’ Contribution to the Arts” (1966), the Dizzy Feet Foundation “Impact Award” (2015), Tremaine “Legendary Entertainer of the Year” (2017) and the Professional Dancers Society “Honoree” (2018).
Family – is he gay or married to a woman/ partner?
George Chakiris has had an immensely successful career as an actor, dancer and singer and even at this moment his works deserve him recognition as one of the best Hollywood has ever seen. On the other hand, as a man and as our society today often demands, questions are always asked about the woman in his life, who is his wife/partner and when did they get married?
However, Chakiris is still reported as single at this moment. He was not married nor was he known to be in a relationship with anyone. This then raises the question of whether he is gay or not. For added plausibility, Chakiris has been labeled as gay on many reliable websites. The actor was included on IMDb’s list of 500 gay actors and personalities and had a spot on Wikipedia’s list of LGBT Academy Award winners and nominees.
A twist to having a definitive answer to the question about Chakiris’ sexuality came when the actor was reported by some online celebrity news sources as being secretly married to an unidentified girlfriend in a quiet morning wedding ceremony. What’s more, the couple was expecting a baby soon, the same source further reported, when George Chakiris and his wife went on a date and drank a toast, the lady used a glass of water for the toast, suggesting that she was with a baby together, as pregnant women are not allowed to consume alcohol. All of this happened in the first months of 2019.
As it is, many people believe that George Chakiris is gay, but as to whether he has a wife/partner and is therefore married, we have yet to conclude on our results.