Friday, November 10, 2023

RIP Spiros Focás


Greek actor Spiros Focás died in Eleusis, Greece on November 10th. He was 86. Focás born Spyridon Michael Androutsopouloson on August 17, 1937, in Patras, Greece and was one of Greece's most respected and well-known actors. He was discovered by legendary Italian director Luchino Visconti and cast in a lead role in the classic “Rocco and His Brothers” (1960). He went on to star in many Greek and Italian films throughout the 1960s and 1970s, working with such famous directors as Vincente Minnelli and Ferdinando Baldi. His work in Hollywood includes the hit films “The Jewel of the Nile” (1985) and “Rambo III” (1988). His most recent work includes the role of Uncle Telly in “3 Nights in Nisyros” (2009). Focas appeared in on Spaghetti western as Ken Dakota in 1968’s “Hate Thy Neighbor” where he was billed as Clyde Garner. He starred as Pedro Suarez/Zorro in the 1969 semi-western “Zorro in the Court of England”. He was scheduled to play the role of Pancho in an upcoming American western entitled “Showdown in Durango”.

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