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Thanasis Vengos

Thanasis Veggos (29 May 1926 – 3 May 2011) was a Greek actor and director born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus. He performed in around 130 films, predominantly comedies in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, starring in more than 50 among them. He is considered one of the best Greek comedy actors of all time. His famous comedic catchphrase was "Καλέ µου άνθρωπε" ("My good man"). Veggos' first appearance in a film was in Windfall in Athens, produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis, which premiered in Athens as Kiriakatiko Xsipnima on 11 January 1954. Nikos Koundouros gave him a role in Magiki polis in 1955. His first major role was in Psila ta heria Hitler ("Hands Up, Hitler"), 1962 and continued many more films. For his acting in What did you do in the war, Thanasi? (1971), the public of Thessaloniki °apotheosized° him and the movie won three awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. He often played everyman characters struggling to get by, but he has also played anti-heroes, he has acted in pure dramas, and on stage in the comedies of Aristophanes. His characters were often self-named "Thanasis". He often worked with directors Panos Glykofridis and Giorgos Lazaridis. In 1995, Theo Angelopoulos cast Veggos and American actor Harvey Keitel in "Ulysses Gaze". In 1997, in the role of Dikaiopoli he appeared in a live performance at the ancient Epidaurus theater. In 2000, he survived a car accident involving a collision with a train. He later participated in advertisements promoting road safety. A documentary of his life, whose title translates as A Man for All Seasons, was made in 2004. He always did his own stunts including the most dangerous ones, like hanging from a rope tied to a balcony fifty feet above a pavement without anything to break his fall, walking through a glass door, or falling down a stone staircase head first. During the "Golden Sixties" of the Greek film industry he made his most popular comedy films such as the sequel of Secret Agent 000, Papatrehas, Enas trellos Vengos and many others, also with surrealist humor, most of them by his own company Θ-Β Comedies (Θ-Β Tainies Geliou) which founded in 1964. In 2008, Veggos was appointed Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias. On 3 May 2011, he died at 7:10 a.m. He had been hospitalized at the Red Cross hospital, in Athens, since 18 December 2010. He is survived by his wife Asimina and two sons. He will always be remembered in the more than 120 films and more recent documentaries that he starred in. The phrase "τρέχει σαν το Βέγγο" (English translation: "runs like Veggos") has been adopted into common usage in the Greek language since nobody has run more or faster than Veggos in his many slapstick comedies.

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May 29, 1927 In Piraeus, Greece
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie The Flight of the Swan 2011-01-20
Latest Project:
In the movie The Magic City 1955-07-18
Known For
Poster of Three Ladies and me
Poster of Erotic Stories
Poster of Blossoming Almond Tree
Poster of Η φτώχεια θέλει καλοπέραση
Movie The Flight of the Swan
Series Η Θεσσαλονίκη Της Νοσταλγίας Μας
Movie With Heart & Soul Grandfather
Series Έχω ένα μυστικό... Κυρ-Κυριάκος
Movie Ένας Άνθρωπος Παντός Καιρού Himself
Series Έρωτας όπως έρημος
Movie The Enigma Linos
Movie It's a Long Road Antonis
Movie Ulysses' Gaze Taxi Driver
Movie Quiet Days in August Unknown
Series Αστυνόμος Θανάσης Παπαθανάσης
Movie Θανάσης ο Βομβιστής Thanasis
Movie Ο πρωταθλητής Thanasis Manaris / Sakis
Movie Bed for five Unknown
Movie Deputy police officer named Thanasis Unknown
Movie Thanasis the Optimist Thanasis Rodinos / Mother
Movie To didymo tis symforas Thanasis
Series Βεγγαλικά
Movie Ο Θανάσης στη χώρα του Θα Thanasis Pitas
Movie Τρελός και πάσης Ελλάδος Thanasis Koukouras
Movie Ο Θανάσης και το καταραμένο φίδι Thanasis
Movie The Big Cannon Thanasis Apaloheris
Movie Vengos the Crazy Kamikaze Thanasis Trampas
Movie Thanasi tightened your belt even more Thanasis Maganas
Movie The Wicked World of Thanasis Thanasis Mpesagiampesas
Movie The Bald Student Thanasis Chatziathanasopoulos
Movie Which Way to the Septic Tank? Thanasis Papathanasis
Movie Thanasis in the land of the cuff Thanasis
Movie The Charlatan Thanasis / Athanasia / Lefteris
Movie The Man Who Ran a Lot Thanasis Zevedaios
Movie Dictator calls Thanasis Thanasis Delithanasis
Movie Thanasis, Take Your Gun Thanasis
Movie Carefree... Nut Thanasis
Movie What Did You Do in the War, Thanassi? Thanasis Karathanasis
Movie Holidays in Vietnam Thanasis Hatzifapas
Movie Thanasis, Juliet and the sausages Thanasis Karathanasis
Movie One Vengos for All Jobs Thanasis Hatzikarathanasis
Movie The Baldheaded Agent and the Land of Destruction Mission Thou-Vou
Movie An Unbelievable Sucker Thanasis Hatzipapageorgakopoulokonstadinogiannopoulos
Movie Who Thanasis! Thanasis Trikorfos
Movie Doctor Z-Vengos Thanasis
Movie Crazy, Nuts and Vengos Thanasis
Movie Come on People Agathoklis
Movie Help Its Vengos Visible Agent '000' Thou Vou (Athanasios Bobas)
Movie Ο Παπατρέχας Polydoros Lagos
Movie He's a Mad Mad Veggos Thanasis
Movie Ο Καταφερτζής Kanellos Karabatsas
Movie Έξω Φτώχεια και Καλή Καρδιά Thanasis Koutras
Movie I'll Make You Queen Antonis Tsilivikis
Movie The Poor Demons Frixos
Movie With Many Children Polykarpos Kolovos
Movie School for Sofferines Babis
Movie Τα Δίδυμα Thanasis Soukouroglou / Stamatis Soukouroglou / Boulis Hatzifrydis
Movie To Tyhero Pantaloni Thanasis Foukaras
Movie Ο Τρελλάρας Errikos Delaportas
Movie O Ippolytos kai to violi tou Ippolytos
Movie Ανήσυχα νιάτα Unknown
Movie Τύφλα Νάχη ο Μάρλον Μπράντο Stefanos Avgerinos
Movie Jack of All Trades, Master of None Thanasis Birbilis
Movie Hooray for Madness Romeos
Movie Γαμπρός για Κλάματα Loukas
Movie Το πιθάρι Andreas
Movie Οι Υπερήφανοι Priest
Movie The Wise Guy Thrasyvoulos
Movie The King of Gaffes Frixos
Movie Δουλειές του ποδαριού Mitros
Movie Astronauts Thanasis
Movie Hands Up, Hitler Panagis
Movie Runaway Bride Harilaos
Movie Min eidate ton Panai? Panagis Papapanagopoulos
Movie The mother's curse Unknown
Movie Οι χαραμοφάηδες
Movie Who Is Margarita? Grigoris Ladias
Movie Sharp as a Needle Detective Van Gray
Movie Eftyhos... trellathika! Manolis
Movie Oi 900 tis Marinas Partsaklis
Movie Χαμένα όνειρα Unknown
Movie Liar Wanted Vrasidas
Movie A mistake in love Thymios
Movie Lisa and the Other Woman Petros Valdis
Movie Papadopoulou family Spyros
Movie Τα ντερβισόπαιδα Polydoros
Movie Μήτρος και Μητρούσης στην Αθήνα Mitros
Movie Blind Angel Kotsos
Movie Το Κλωτσοσκούφι Janitor
Movie Never on Sunday Thanasis Veggos
Movie Sunday's Date Car Workshoper
Movie Για Σένα Την Αγάπη Μου Manetas
Movie Three Ladies and me receptionist
Movie Madalena policeman
Movie The Dawn of Triumph Unknown
Movie Ερωτικά Παιχνίδια hotel owner
Movie Μια Του Κλέφτη... salesman
Movie Marriage Adventures Ice Seller
Movie Το Αγοροκόριτσο waiter
Movie Ένα Νερό Κυρά Βαγγελιώ Unknown
Movie Καραγκιόζης, ο Αδικημένος της Ζωής Unknown
Movie Blossoming Almond Tree Doctor
Movie Erotic Stories Vangelis
Movie Ο Θείος από τον Καναδά Unknown
Movie The Policeman of the 16th Precinct Thomas
Movie Η Μουσίτσα Foivos
Movie Οι Δοσατζήδες Thomas Kalafatis
Movie Το Εισπρακτοράκι Unknown
Movie Mono gia mia nyhta Sirios's assistant
Movie Η φτώχεια θέλει καλοπέραση husband
Movie Holidays in Aegina Thodoros' assistant
Movie Mimikos and Mary Harilaos
Movie Χαρούμενοι αλήτες Waiter
Movie Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining Dr. Giannis Papadopoulos
Movie Maria Pentagiotissa Papalaris
Movie The Girl Has Got an Uncle Taxi Driver
Movie A Girl in Black Policeman
Movie Experts on the Football Field Sailor
Movie The Ogre of Athens Spathis
Movie The Fairy Tale Girl Unknown
Movie The Magic City Thanasis