VEGGOS THE BEST

Thanasis Veggos or Thanasis Vengos or Thanassis Vengos (Greek: Θανάσης Βέγγος; pronounced: Thanássis Véngos; May 29, 1927 inNeo FaliroPiraeus  – May 2, 2011) was a Greek actor and director.[1]

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 000PapatrehasEnas 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.[2] On Makronisos he met director Nikos Koundouroswho was also exiled there. Koundouros later gave him his debut movie role in Magiki polis (1955). In 2000 his car crashed into a train, but he survived. He later did safety advertisements on the matter. 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.

Filmography

Early movies

  • Magiki Polis ( 1955 ) , Magic City
  • Katadikasmeni ki apo to paidi tis ( 1955 ) , Condemned even by her child!!!!
  • Drakos ( 1956 ) , The dragon
  • To koritsi me ta mavra ( 1956 ) , The Girl in Black
  • Exei theio to koritsi ( 1956 ) , The girl has an uncle
  • To koritsi me ta paramythia ( 1957 ) , Fairytale girl
  • Maria i Pentagiotissa ( 1957 ) , Maria the Pentagiotissa
  • I ftoheia thelei kaloperasi ( 1958 ) , Having a good time in poverty
  • To eispraktoraki ( 1958 ) , The little money collector
  • Diakopes stin Aigina ( 1958 ) , Holidays in Aegina
  • Oi kavgatzides ( 1958 ) , The brawlers
  • Mono gia mia nyhta ( 1958 ) , Only for one night
  • Haroumenoi alites ( 1958 ) , Happy streetboys
  • Kathe empodio se kalo ( 1958 ) , Each obstacle is for good
  • O Mimikos kai Mairi ( 1958 ) , Mimikos and Mairy
  • To koritsi tis amartias ( 1958 ) , The girl of sin
  • O Karagiozis ( 1959 ) , O Karagiozis
  • Gamilies Peripeteies ( 1959 ) , Nuptial Adventures
  • I mousitsa ( 1959 ) , The cunning jade
  • Anthismeni amigdalia ( 1959 ) , Blooming almond tree
  • Ena nero Kyra Vaggelio ( 1959 ) , Gimme some water Kyra Vaggelio
  • O Ilias tou 16ou ( 1959 ) , Ilias of 16th precinct
  • Gia to psomi kai ton erota ( 1959 ) , For the bread and love
  • Oi dosatzides ( 1959 ) , The tallymen
  • Enas Ellinas sto Parisi ( 1959 ) , A Greek in Paris
  • To agorokoritso ( 1959 ) , The tomboy
  • O theios apo ton Kanada ( 1959 ) , The uncle from Canada
  • To rantevou tis Kyriakis ( 1960 ) , The Sunday appointment
  • Ta dervisopaida ( 1960 ) , The dervish boys
  • To klotsoskoufi ( 1960 ) , The plaything
  • Mandalena ( 1960 ) , Mandalena
  • Pothoi sta stahya ( 1960 ) , Desires in the hay
  • Erotika paihnidia ( 1960 ) , Erotic games
  • Pote tin Kyriaki ( 1960 ) , Never on a Sunday
  • Oikogeneia Papadopoulou ( 1960 ) , The Papadopoulos family
  • O Mitros ki o Mitrousis stin Athina ( 1960 ) , Mitros and Mitrousis in Athens
  • Tyflos Aggelos ( 1960 ) , Blind Angel
  • I avgi tou thriamvou ( 1961 ) , The dawn of triumph
  • Oi enniakosioi tis Marinas ( 1961 ) , The nine hundred of Marina
  • Gia sena tin agapi mou ( 1961 ) , For you my love
  • Mia tou klefti ( 1961 ) , Once a thief
  • Horis mitera ( 1961 ) , Without a mother
  • Poios tha krinei tin koinonia ; ( 1961 ) , Who will judge society ?
  • Diavolou kaltsa ( 1961 ) , Cunning woman
  • I katara tis manas ( 1961 ) , The mothers curse
  • Hamena oneira ( 1961 ) , Lost dreams
  • Ziteitai pseftis ( 1961 ) , Lier wanted
  • Lathos ston erota ( 1961 ) , Fault in love
  • I myrtia ( 1961 ) , The myrtle
  • Diamado ( 1961 ) , Diamado
  • Eftyhos trelathika ( 1961 ) , Fortunately I went nuts
  • Poia einai i Margarita ; ( 1961 ) , Who is Margarita
  • Liza ki i alli ( 1961 ) , Liza and the other girl
  • Doulepste gia na fate ( 1961 ) Work to eat
  • O atsidas ( 1962 ) , The smart one
  • Douleies tou podariou ( 1962 ) , Odd jobs
  • To pithari ( 1962 ) , The earthenware jar
  • Yperohi optasia ( 1962 ) , Beautiful illusion

Leading roles

  • Psila ta heria , Hitler ( 1962 ) , Stick them up , Hitler
  • Oi yperifanoi ( 1962 ) , The proud ones
  • Zito i trela ( 1962 ) , Hurrah for madness
  • Vasilias tis gafas ( 1962 ) , King of gaff
  • Astronaftes gia desimo ( 1962 ) , Silly astronauts
  • Min ton eidate ton Panai ; ( 1962 ) , Anyone saw Panai ?
  • Gabros gia klamata ( 1962 ) , Pathetic son in law
  • Anysiha niata ( 1963 ) , Anxious youth
  • O Yppolitos kai to violi tou ( 1963 ) , Yppolitos and his violin
  • Tyfla na hei o Marlon Brando ( 1963 ) , Marlon Brando doesn’t compare
  • Polytehnitis kai erimospitis ( 1963 ) , Jack of all trades and master of one
  • O trelaras ( 1963 ) , The nutcase
  • To tyhero panteloni ( 1963 ) , Lucky pants
  • Scholi gia soferines ( 1964 ) , School for women drivers
  • Oi ftohodiavoloi ( 1964 ) , The poor demons
  • O polyteknos ( 1964 ) , Father of many children
  • Exo i ftoheia kai i kali kardia ( 1964 ) , Poverty and gentle heart
  • Tha se kano vasilissa ( 1964 ) , I will make you a queen
  • Ta Didyma ( 1964 ) , The Twins
  • O Katafertzis ( 1964 ) , The hustler
  • Einai enas trelos … trelos Veggos ( 1965 ) , He is one crazy … crazy Veggos
  • O Papatrehas ( 1966 ) The babbler
  • Voitheia!… O Veggos faneros praktor 000 ( 1967 ) , Help!… Veggos no-cover agent 000
  • Pare kosme ( 1967 ) , For all to take
  • Trelos , palavos kai Vengos ( 1967 ) , Crazy , daft and Veggos
  • Doktor Zi – Veggos ( 1968 ) , Doctor Zi – Veggos
  • Poios Thanasis ; ( 1969 ) , Who Thanasis
  • Ena asyllipto koroido ( 1969 ) , An amazing dupe
  • Thou – Vou falakros praktor , epiheirisis gis madiam ( 1969 ) , Thou – Vou bald agent, operation havoc
  • Enas Veggos gia oles tis douleies ( 1970 ) , One Veggos for all the trades
  • O Thanasis , i Ioulieta kai ta loukanika ( 1970 ) , Thanasis , Juliette and the sausages
  • Diakopes sto Vietnam ( 1971 ) , Holidays in Vietnam
  • Ti ekanes sto polemo Thanasi ; ( 1971 ) , What did you do during the war Thanasis?
  • Enas xehnoiastos palaviaris ( 1971 ) , One carefree wacko
  • Thanasi pare to oplo sou ( 1972 ) , Thanasis take your gun
  • O anthropos pou etrehe poly ( 1973 ) , The man who ran too much
  • Diktator kalei Thanasi ( 1973 ) , Dictator calls Thanasis
  • O tsarlatanos ( 1973 ) , The charlatan
  • O Thanasis sti hora tis sfaliaras ( 1976 ) , Thanasis in the land of slap
  • Apo pou pane gia havouza ; ( 1978 ) , Whats the way to the refuse dump ?
  • O palavos kosmos tou Thanasi ( 1979 ) , The batty world of Thanasis
  • O falakros mathitis ( 1979 ) , The bald – headed student
  • Thanasi sfixe ki allo to zonari ( 1980 ) , Thanasis tighten up your belt
  • O trelos kamikazi ( 1980 ) , The mad kamikaze
  • To megalo kanoni ( 1981 ) , The big cannon
  • O Thanasis kai to katarameno fidi ( 1982 ) , Thanasis and the accursed serpent
  • Trelos kai pasis Ellados ( 1983 ) , Daffy of all Greece
  • O Thanasis sti hora tou tha ( 1988 ) , Thanasis in the country of ‘will’
  • Trelokomeion i Ellas ( 1988 ) , Mad house Greece
  • To didymo tis symforas ( 1989 ) , The duo of misfortune
  • O protathlitis ( 1989 ) , The champion
  • Prosohi … mas valane boba ( 1990 ) , Attention … they set us a bomb
  • Isyhes meres tou Avgustou ( 1991 ) , The calm days of August
  • Zoi harisameni ( 1993 ) , Pleasant life
  • To vlemma tou Odyssea ( 1995 ) , Ulysses’ Gaze
  • Vimata ( 1996 ) , Steps
  • Ola einai dromos ( 1998 ) , Everything is a journey
  • To ainigma ( 1998 ) , The riddle
  • Psyhi vathia ( 2009 ), Deep Soul
  • The Flight of the Swan ( 2010 )

Television series

Veggos also played roles in televisual series in the 1990s and 2000s; these were mainly roles of an elder wise person, who gives his advice to the younger ones.

  • Ta veggalika (1985) ERT
  • Astynomos Thanasis Papathanasis ( 1990 ) ANT1 channel , Police commissioner Thanasis Papathanasis
  • Peri anemon kai ydaton ( 2002 ) Mega channel , About everything
  • Erotas , opos i erimos ( 2003 ) NET channel , Love , like the desert
  • Kathrefti , kathreftaki mou ( 2006 ) ANT1 channel , Mirror , mirror

Theatrical performances and troupes

Performances

  • O trelos tou louna park kai i atsida ( 1959–70 ) , The madman of the entertainment park and the wizard
  • Okto andres katigoroundai ( 1963 ) , Eight men accused
  • Kokkina triandafylla ( 1963 ) , Red roses
  • Oi ftohodiavoloi ( 1963 ) , The poor demons
  • Arhodorebetissa ( 1963–64 ) , Lady rebetis
  • Kypros yiok ( 1963–64 ) , Cyprus gone
  • Ti ekanes ston Troiko polemo Thanasi ; ( 1971 ) , What did you do during the Trojan War Thanasis ?
  • To vlima ( 1972 ) , The missile
  • Mam , kaka , koko kai nani ( 1975 ) , Eat, poop, shag and sleep
  • Peace of Aristophanes ( 1995 )
  • Ellin exastheneis ( 1997 ) , Greece you are losing your senses
  • Acharnians of Aristophanes ( 1998 )
  • Ellines eiste kai faineste ( 1998–99 ) , Greek is a Greek does

Troupes

  • Mandoubala
  • Kainourgia Athina , New Athens
  • Anthropoi tou ‘ 60 , People of ‘ 60

References

External links

wikipedia

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