Telly Savalas was a Man’s Man. Some say he was The Man. It helped that he played one on TV.
No matter how he’s viewed by the masses, Telly cut profile like no other in the history of entertainment. His voice – to those of us who grew up in 1970s – is immediately recognizable. His tough/cool attitude lent itself to a unique way in every role he played. He single-handedly made lollipops and pork pie hats cool. From 007 Bad Guy to NYPD Good Guy, Telly did it all.
And he loved to cook.
Bon Appetit magazine interviewed Telly Savalas for their January 1978 issue, while he was on location filming for his series Kojak. The interview was rich with his opinions on entertainment, stories of family, and wild tales dinners out in foreign countries with the likes of Rod Steiger and Peter Ustinov. For him, dinner time was a family affair surrounded by friends and relatives. He loved all the basics: meat, fruit, and vegetables – done with a Mediterranean flare.
There’s something to be said for a guy who could cook, act, and had kids old enough to be the parents to his other kids. Telly was confident, strong, unique, and like no one who has graced the screen since he left us for the Great Squad Room in the sky. May he Rest In Peace.