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Telly Savalas in Mackenna's Gold

Telly Savalas (1922 - 1994)

Film Deaths:[]

  • Johnny Cool (1963) [Vince Santangelo]: Machine-gunned by Henry Silva (who is standing atop scaffolding) in Telly's office.
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967) [Archer Maggot]: Shot in the chest by Jim Brown after Telly jeopardizes the mission by turning the gun on Jim and firing wildly.
  • The Scalphunters (1968) [Jim Howie]: Shot in the chest by Ossie Davis during a struggle. (Thanks to Brian)
  • The Assassination Bureau Limited(1969) [Lord Bostwick]: Killed in an explosion/crash when his zeppelin crashes after Telly fires his gun. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Mackenna's Gold (1969)[Sergeant Tibbs]: Hacked in the chest when Ted Cassidy throws a tomahawk at him.
  • Violent City (Città violenta; The Family) (1970) [Al Weber]: Shot in the chest by Charles Bronson in Telly's office.
  • A Town Called Hell (A Town Called Bastard) (1971) [Don Carlos]: Dies after being tortured and being tied a piece of wood out in the sun. 
  • Crime Boss (I Familiari della vittime non saranno avvertiti; The Mafia Terminator) (1972) [Don Vincenzo]: Machine-gunned by Antonio Sabato Sr. (Thanks to Johan)
  • A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (Una Ragione per vivere e una per morire; Massacre at Fort Holman) (1972) [Major Ward]: Stabbed in the chest with a saber by James Coburn.
  • Scenes from a Murder (L'Assassino... è al telefono) (1972) [Ranko Drasovic]: Crushed to death when a theatrical backdrop falls on him while he's chasing Anne Heywood through the theater.
  • Horror Express (Panico en el Transiberiano) (1973) [Captain Kazan]: Killed when the body-possessing alien "erases" his brain; he is brought back to life (along with several of the alien's other victims) under the alien's control, and is killed once again when the train crashes.
  • Redneck (Senza ragione) (1973) [Memphis]: Shot in the back of the head by a police sniper bullet. 
  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) [Stefan Svevo]: Killed in an explosion (along with his remaining henchmen) when someone (I couldn't tell who) shoots their explosive boxes causing the Poseidon to blow up.

TV Deaths:[]

  • The Twilight Zone: Living Doll (1963) [Erich Streator]: Falls down a flight of stairs after tripping over the talking doll (voiced by June Foray).
  • Combat!: Vendetta (1964) [Colonel Kapsalis]: After being seriously wounded in an earlier engagement. Telly sacrifices himself by driving his jeep into a German installation while under heavy fire and rams the vehicle into a stockpile of rocket fuel causing it to explode.
  • Combat!: Anniversary (1967) [Jon]: As a French Marquis fighter that had gone insane after his wife and daughter were killed, Telly is mortally shot in the chest by a German soldier when he insists that the firefight ceases because it was scaring his family and both sides leave town at gunpoint.
  • Cimarron Strip: The Battleground (1967) [Bear]: Pulls a knife on Stuart Whitman as they fight in the river but gets stabbed in the chest as they grapple under water. (Thanks to Brian).
  • Joys (1976) [Lt. Theo Kojak]: Killed by Johnny Carson (as is every other guest-star in the special). (Played for comic effect.)
  • Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980; TV movie) [Cretzer]: Shot to death along with Ronny Cox and Robert Davi during their attempt to escape Alcatraz.
  • Tales of the Unexpected: Completely Foolproof (1981) [Joe Brisson]: Shot in his stateroom aboard the Queen Mary by Douglas Lambert, a professional assassin hired by Telly's wife Rita Gam who had herself been shot moments earlier in her New York apartment by Ramsay Williams, hired by Telly. (Thanks to Brian)

Noteworthy Connections[]

  • Brother of George Savalas
  • Ex-husband of Marilyn Gardner
  • Father of Candace Savalas, Nick Savalas, and Ariana Savalas

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