George Chakiris was an all-around entertainer in his heydays, he could dance, sing and act all at the same time, doing each so well as if it was the only thing he dedicated his life to mastering. In acting, George’s best film work is the character of Bernardo which he played in West Side Story, this project earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Chakiris, however, is now retired and he last made a screen appearance in the late 90s, this does not mean that his works and life events will be forgotten in a hurry. Here, we will take a recap of the prominent events in his life, including his marital life and all that we rever him for.
George Chakiris Bio, Age
The seasoned and retired entertainer – George Chakiris began life as a tot born to Steven and Zoe (née 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 job was such that they moved around frequently which meant that George attended various schools. At a time in his schooling age, he was sent to a high school in Tucson, Arizona, and Long Beach after which he enrolled in a college, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California, United States. He, however, spent only one year in college as he dropped out and moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in dancing. On arrival at Hollywood, George Chakiris began working in the advertising unit of a departmental store to make ends meet while he went for his dancing classes at night.
Records have it that Chakiris made his film debut in the 1947 chorus of Song of Love and in the years that followed, he scored a couple of small roles in the chorus of various musical films. Some of his earliest works include Marilyn Monroe‘s 1947 Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, The Great Caruso (1951), Call Me Madam, Second Chance, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. – all in 1953.
George went on to expand his acting portfolio and in the 1960s, he was earning as much as $100, 000 per movie he starred in. At this time, the films he starred in include West Side Story (1961) where he played the character of Bernardo Nuñez, The High Bright Sun (1965), Why Not Stay for Breakfast? (1979), Pale Blood (1990), Superboy (1989–1990), Human Target (1992), and Last of the Summer Wine (1996).
In the course of his almost 50 years career, George Chakiris won a couple of awards in recognition of 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 Motion Picture (1962), The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government “Contribution to the Arts” (1966), 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 Wife/Partner?
George Chakiris had an immensely successful career as an actor, dancer, and singer, and even at this moment, his works still earn him recognition as one of the best Hollywood has ever seen. On the flip side, being a man and as our contemporary society will often demand, questions will always be asked about the woman in his life, who is his wife/partner and when did they marry?
However, Chakiris, even at this moment, is still reported to be single. He has not been married, neither has he ever been known to be in a relationship with anyone. This then raises the question of whether or not he is gay. To add to the plausibility of this, Chakiris has been listed severally on many reliable websites as gay. The actor was listed on IMDb‘s list of 500 gay actors and personalities in addition to having a spot on Wikipedia‘s List of LGBT Academy Award winners and nominees.
A twist to having a definitive answer on the question of Chakiris’ sexuality came when the actor was reported by a few online celebrity news sources to have been secretly married to an unidentified girlfriend in a hush morning wedding ceremony. To add to this, the pair were soon reported to be expecting a baby as the same source went on to report that when George Chakiris and his wife were out on a date and had a toast, the lady used a glass of water for the toast suggesting that she is with a baby as pregnant women are not supposed to take alcohol. All these were happening in the early months of 2019.
As it is, many people believe that George Chakiris is gay, but for the question about whether he has a wife/partner and therefore married, we are yet to conclude on our findings.