Nikos Deja Vu - Αφιέρωμα στο Θανάση Βέγγο - Tribute to Thanasis Veggos † May 3, 2011
Thanasis Veggos or Thanasis Vengos or Thanassis Vengos (Greek: Θανάσης Βέγγος, pronounced: Thanassis Vengos; May 29, 1927 – May 3, 2011) was a Greek actor and director. He was an actor in more than 120 films predominantly comedies of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
Veggos was born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus. He 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 to Makronisos 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 he survived a car accident involving a collision with a train. He later participated in advertisements promoting road safety. Veggos is married and has two children.
In 2008, Veggos was appointed Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias...
For more info in Greek language vist the Official Veggos Fans page: http://www.veggos.gr
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