Greek Actor Takis Spyridakis Passes Away at 61

Greek actor Takis Spyridakis passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.

Takis Spyridakis was born in Aegina on February 4, 1958 and was an actor, director and screenwriter. He was a graduate of the National Theater Drama School.

He had starred in 13 films and made his directorial debut in 1994 with “The Garden of God”, in which he also wrote the screenplay. The film was honored with 7 state awards at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.

Takis Spyridakis first appeared on the big screen in 1983 starring in “Glykia Symmoria”, directed by Nikos Nikolaidis. For his role, he received the Special Performance Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival of the same year for his performance. His second appearance on film in Nikos Perakis’ “Loofa kai Parallagi” (1984) was also noteworthy.

After that he became widely recognized and played in several films such as “Proini Peripolos” (Nikos Nikolaidis, 1986), “Prostatis Oikogeneias” (Nikos Perakis, 1997), “Afti I Nyhta Menei” (Nikos Panagiotopoulos, 1999), “Mavro Gala” (Nikos Triantafyllidis, 1999),  “Kaneis Den Hanei se Ola” (Dionysis Grigoratos, 2000), “Ftena Tsigara” (Renos Charalambidis, 2000), “Varethika na Skotono tous Agapimenous sou” (Nikos Panagiotopoulos, 2002),” Loofa kai Parallagi: Seirines sto Agaio” (Nikos Perakis, 2005), “Isovites” (Theodoros Maragkos, 2008) and “4 Mavra Koustoumia” (Renos Charalambidis, 2009).

In 1989, Spyridakis wrote and directed the short film “Vera Cruz”, which received the 1st prize for best film at the Vera Cruz Short Film Festival. For that, he was honored by Greece’s  Ministry of Culture and awarded by the National Film Center of France in 1990.

In between his film career, he starred in many stage plays and also played in several TV commercials, some of which became legendary.