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Career Highlights

  • Received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination in 1963 for playing Feto Gomez, a prisoner in "Birdman of Alcatraz".

  • Played memorable roles in two war movies: "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "Kelly's Heroes" (1970).

  • Played the James Bond villain Blofeld in "Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969).

  • In "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" (1973), a highly rated TV movie, Telly played a lollipop-sucking New York police lieutenant, Theo Kojak.

  • With the success of "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" came the spin-off television show "Kojak" (1973-78). It was Telly's most memorable role.

  • Won an Emmy for the first season of "Kojak."

  • Received back-to-back Golden Globe Awards as the Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1975 and 1976 for "Kojak."


  • What became Tell's signature line, "Who loves ya?," debuted in the first season of"Kojak." The episode was titled Die Before They Wake.

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