The Greeks of Hollywood

"Zorba the Greek" is based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. The 1964 film was directed by Michael Cacoyannis and starred Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, and Sotiris Moustakas.

Greeks have been involved in Hollywood almost as long as Hollywood itself has been a mecca of the entertainment industry. From the early years of Vaudeville, when impressario Alexander Pantages built shining theaters throughout the nation, to the blockbusters of today, the Greek impact has been, and continues to be, great.

In the coming months, leading up to the Gabby Awards on May 25, 2013, we'll share these amazing stories on this section of the website. We hope you will visit often and share these great stories with your own social networks. We're proud of the Greek impact on Hollywood and look forward to sharing these great stories with you! If you have a story or image to share, feel free to email is at info(@)greekamerica.org.

Narratives

Holy Batmobile! Meet the man who supped up this iconic car. He’s Greek!

It was Hollywood’s car customizing wizard George Barris who helped Batman and Robin fight crime in Gotham City more than 50 years ago. The Greek American was the one who re-designed the iconic Batmobile

Hollywood mourns loss of visual effects pioneer and inventor Petro Vlahos

You may not recognize his name, but all film directors and movie fans owe him a debt of gratitude. Petro Vlahos is a Greek American who helped revolutionize the movie industry.

Laeta Kalogridis: a Greek-American Storyteller and Dealmaker

If you’ve watched some of the biggest and greatest films that Hollywood has offered recently, then you’ve seen the work of Laeta Kalogridis. She's worked with James Cameron as a producer for Avatar...

Uncovering The Godfather’s roots in ancient Greece

Next time you watch The Godfather, don’t be surprised if it ends up looking a little less American and a lot more Greek - ancient Greek, that is...

Greek Hollywood History: Before Liz there was Theda

Before Elizabeth Taylor brought the mystical and powerful Greek queen Cleopatra to the silver screen in 1963, there was the sexy and sultry Theda Bara. Known as “the vamp”, Bara portrayed Cleopatra in a 1917 film...

Never on Sunday, a timeless Hollywood classic

Never on Sunday is a timeless film released in 1960 which tells the story of Ilya, a prostitute who lives in the port of Piraeus in Greece, and Homer, an American tourist from Middletown...