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Kostas Voutsas: A renowned actor, writer and director in Greece

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By Georgene Dilernia and Victoria Loutas.

Kostas Voutsas was a famous Greek actor, director and writer. Known for his cinematic work during the ‘Golden Era’ of Greek commercial cinema, Voutsas touched the hearts of many Greeks through his performances.

Let’s take a look into the life of this great actor and see what he accomplished during his career.

Early Life:

Voutsas was born in Vyronas, Athens in 1931 to a refugee family from Epivates. They later moved to Thessaloniki in 1932. During his youth, Voutsas studied drama at the Drama School of the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and made his stage and screen debut in 1953.

Acting Career:

Voutsas was a major actor in Finos Films and went on to star in about 60 movies, mostly comedies and musicals of the ‘golden era’ of Greek commercial cinema.

In 1961, his breakthrough came when the Greek film director, Giannis Dalianidis, gave him a leading role in his youth melodrama O Katiforos. He soon became one of the best and most popular comic actors of his generation.

He received many lifetime achievement awards including at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and more.

Kostas Voutsas with member of The Greek Herald team Georgia Patsalides at The Greek Herald presses in Glebe.

Personal Life and Death:

Voutsas married three times during his life. First to Erika Broyer in 1958, then to Theano Papaspyrou in 1975 and last to Aliki Katsavou in 2016.

Voutsas also had four children during his life span.

On February 26, 2020, Voutsas passed away at the age of 88 after being in the Intensive Care Unit of Attikon University Hospital in Athens with lung problems.

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