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Greek Cinema Icon Phaedon Georgitsis Dies at 80

Phaedon Georgitsis, one of the most famous actors of Greek cinema, died in Athens on Friday at the age of 80.
He had been suffering from cancer for the last several years.
Georgitsis starred in dozens of films in the 1960s and 1970s, thirteen of which were produced by the leading Greek studio “Finos Film.” He also starred in many plays on the Greek stage.

Born in in 1939 in Nea Smyrna, Athens, Georgitsis was attracted to the cinema from an early age. Despite opposition from his father, a naval officer, who wanted young Phaedon to pursue a military career, Georgitsis enrolled in the famous Karolos Koun Drama School.
His formal career began on the stage, but he was soon offered major parts in films.

Aided by his good looks, Georgitsis was partnered with many female divas of the time, including Mary Chronopoulou and Zoe Laskari.
Some of the most popular movies he starred in were “The Red Lanterns”, “Gorgones ke Manges” (Mermaids and Lads), “Blood on the Land” and “Marijuana Stop!”
He also appeared in some of the most popular television series of the 1990s.
Upon his retirement from cinema, Georgitsis opened a theater in Koropi, east of Athens.

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