Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 94

Birthday 1927-05-29

Day of Death 2011-05-03

Place of Birth Piraeus, Greece

Official Site http://www.veggos.gr/

Also Known As

  • Thanasis Vengos
  • Thanassis Veggos
  • Thanassis Vengos
  • Thanasis Vegos
  • Θανασης Βεγγος
  • Θανάσης Βέγγος

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 With Heart & Soul as Grandfather
1998 Ola einai Dromos as Antonis
1995 Ulysses' Gaze as Taxi Driver
1995 Quiet Days in August
1989 To didymo tis symforas as Thanasis
1989 Υπαστυνόμος Θανάσης
1983 Τρελός και πάσης Ελλάδος as Thanasis Koukouras
1982 Ο Θανάσης και το καταραμένο φίδι as Thanasis
1981 Το Μεγάλο Κανόνι as Thanasis Apaloheris
1980 Βέγγος ο Τρελλός Καμικάζι as Thanasis Trampas
1980 Θανάση Σφίξε κι Άλλο το Ζωνάρι as Thanasis Maganas
1979 Ο Παλαβός Κόσμος του Θανάση as Thanasis Mpesagiampesas
1979 The Bald Student as Thanasis Chatziathanasopoulos
1978 Apo pou pane gia ti havouza as Thanasis Papathanasis
1976 Ο Θανάσης στη χώρα της σφαλιάρας as Thanasis
1973 Ο Τσαρλατάνος as Thanasis / Athanasia / Lefteris
1973 Δικτάτωρ καλεί Θανάση as Thanasis Delithanasis
1973 The Man Who Ran a Lot as Thanasis Zevedaios
1972 Thanasis, Take Your Gun as Thanasis
1971 Carefree... Nut as Thanasis
1971 Ti ekanes ston polemo Thanasi as Thanasis Karathanasis
1971 Διακοπές στο Βιετνάμ as Thanasis Hatzifapas
1970 Ο Θανάσης, Η Ιουλιέττα και τα Λουκάνικα as Thanasis Karathanasis
1970 Ενας Βέγγος για όλες τις δουλειές as Thanasis Hatzikarathanasis
1969 The Baldheaded Agent and the Land of Destruction Mission as Thou-Vou
1969 Ποιός Θανάσης! as Thanasis Trikorfos
1969 An Unbelievable Sucker as Thanasis Hatzipapageorgakopoulokonstadinogiannopoulos
1968 Δόκτωρ Ζι-Βέγγος as Thanasis
1967 Πάρε Κόσμε as Agathoklis
1967 Help! Veggos the Obvious Spy 000 as Thou Vou (Athanasios Bobas)
1967 Crazy, Nuts and Vengos as Thanasis
1966 O Papatrehas as Polydoros Lagos
1965 He's a Mad Mad Veggos as Thanasis
1964 Ο Καταφερτζής as Kanellos Karabatsas
1964 Έξω Φτώχεια και Καλή Καρδιά as Thanasis Koutras
1964 Tha se kano vasilissa as Antonis Tsilivikis
1964 Τα Δίδυμα as Thanasis Soukouroglou / Stamatis Soukouroglou / Boulis Hatzifrydis
1964 The Poor Demons as Frixos
1964 Σχολή για Σωφερίνες as Babis
1964 Ο πολύτεκνος as Polykarpos Kolovos
1963 Τύφλα να`χει ο Μάρλον Μπράντο as Stefanos Avgerinos
1963 Jack of All Trades, Master of None as Thanasis Birbilis
1963 Ανήσυχα νειάτα
1963 Το τυχερό πανταλόνι as Thanasis Foukaras
1963 Ο Ιππόλυτος και το Βιολί του as Ippolytos
1963 Ο Τρελλάρας as Errikos Delaportas
1962 Runaway Bride as Harilaos
1962 Min eidate ton Panai? as Panagis Papapanagopoulos
1962 Hands Up, Hitler as Panagis
1962 Αστροναύτες as Thanasis
1962 Δουλειές του ποδαριού as Mitros
1962 The King of Gaffes as Frixos
1962 The Wise Guy as Thrasyvoulos
1962 Hooray for Madness as Romeos
1962 Οι Υπερήφανοι as Priest
1962 Γαμπρός για κλάματα as Loukas
1962 Το πιθάρι as Andreas
1961 Η Λίζα και η άλλη as Petros Valdis
1961 Eftyhos... trellathika! as Manolis
1961 Λάθος στον έρωτα as Thymios
1961 Ζητείται Ψεύτης as Vrasidas
1961 Oi 900 tis Marinas as Partsaklis
1961 Sharp as a Needle as Detective
1961 Who Is Margarita? as Grigoris Ladias
1960 Ερωτικά Παιχνίδια as hotel owner
1960 Madalena as policeman
1960 Τρεις Κούκλες κι εγώ as receptionist
1960 Μια του Κλέφτη... as Salesman in shop
1960 Never on Sunday as Thanasis Veggos
1960 Το Κλωτσοσκούφι as Janitor
1960 Οικογένεια Παπαδοπούλου as Spyros
1960 Τα ντερβισόπαιδα as Polydoros
1960 Ο Μήτρος και ο Μητρούσης στην Αθήνα as Mitros
1959 Οι Δοσατζήδες as Thomas Kalafatis
1959 Η Μουσίτσα as Foivos
1959 Ο Ηλίας του 16ου as Thomas
1959 Ο Θείος από τον Καναδά
1959 Marriage Adventures as Ice Seller
1959 Το Αγοροκόριτσο as waiter
1959 Ένα Νερό Κυρά Βαγγελιώ
1958 Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining as Dr. Giannis Papadopoulos
1958 Χαρούμενοι αλήτες as Waiter
1958 Mimikos and Mary as Harilaos
1958 Διακοπές στην Αίγινα as Thodoros' assistant
1958 Η φτώχεια θέλει καλοπέραση
1958 Μόνο για Μία Νύχτα as Sirios's assistant
1958 Το Εισπρακτοράκι
1957 Maria Pentagiotissa as Papalaris
1957 Εχει Θείο το Κορίτσι as Taxi Driver
1956 A Girl in Black as Policeman
1956 Experts on the Football Field as Sailor
1956 The Ogre of Athens as Spathis
1956 Το Κορίτσι με τα Παραμύθια
1954 The Magic City as Thanasis

Production

1983 Τρελός και πάσης Ελλάδος Producer
1981 Το Μεγάλο Κανόνι Producer
1976 Ο Θανάσης στη χώρα της σφαλιάρας Producer
1969 The Baldheaded Agent and the Land of Destruction Mission Producer
1969 Ποιός Θανάσης! Producer
1969 An Unbelievable Sucker Producer
1968 Δόκτωρ Ζι-Βέγγος Producer
1967 Πάρε Κόσμε Producer
1967 Help! Veggos the Obvious Spy 000 Producer
1966 O Papatrehas Producer
1965 He's a Mad Mad Veggos Producer
1964 Έξω Φτώχεια και Καλή Καρδιά Producer

Directing

1973 The Man Who Ran a Lot Director
1969 The Baldheaded Agent and the Land of Destruction Mission Director
1969 Ποιός Θανάσης! Director
1969 An Unbelievable Sucker Director
1968 Δόκτωρ Ζι-Βέγγος Director
1967 Help! Veggos the Obvious Spy 000 Director
1967 Crazy, Nuts and Vengos Director

Writing

1981 Το Μεγάλο Κανόνι Writer

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