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Thanassis Vengos (1927-2011)
Θανάσης Βέγγος (name in native language)
 
Actor
 
Country: Greece
Born: 29 May 1927
Died: 3 May 2011
 
 
 
 
   
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Thanasis Veggos or Thanasis Vengos, born on May 29, 1927 in Piraeus, is an acclaimed Greek actor and director.


Thanassis Vengos made his debut in 1952. His first major role was in Psila ta heria Hitler ("Hands Up, Hitler"), 1962. He often plays everyman characters struggling to get by, but he has also done anti-heroes, pure dramas, and on stage has acted in Aristophanes' comedies. His characters are often named Thanasis. He often works with director Giorgos Lazaridis. A documentary of his life, whose title translates as A Man for All Seasons, was made in 2004. He always did his scenes without using a stuntman even for the most dangerous ones, like hanging with a single rope from a balcony, or walking through a glass door. During the "Golden Sixties" of the Greek film industry he made the most famous of his films like the sequel of Secret Agent 000, Papatrehas, Enas trellos Vengos and many others, most of them by his own company Θ-Β comedy films (Tainies Geliou).


On a personal level he was exiled from 1948 to 1950 for political reasons. On Makronisos he met director Nikos Koundouros who was also exiled there. Koundouros later gave him his debut movie role in Magiki polis (1955). In 2000 his car crashed into a train, but he survived. He later did safety advertisements on the matter. Veggos is married and has two children. In 2008, Veggos was appointed Commander of the Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias.

Sources: Wikipedia

www.veggos.gr

Filmography
 
     
 
All Weather Man (2004)
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The Enigma (1998)
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It`s a Long Road (1998)
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Ulysses` Gaze (1995)
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A Charmed Life (1993)
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Quiet Days in August (1991)
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Thanasis, Tighten Your Belt Some More (1980)
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Which Way To The Septic Tank (1978)
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Thanassis in the Land of Smacking (1976)
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Pick Up Your Guns Thanassi! (1972)
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Pick Up Your Guns Thanassi! (1972)
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What did you do in the war Thanassi (1971)
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Never on Sunday (1960)
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The Ogre of Athens (1956)
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