Sotiris Mous­takas

Vet­eran Greek ac­tor; Born Cyprus, 1940; Died June 4, 2007.

The Herald - - Obituaries -

THE vet­eran Greek stage and film ac­tor Sotiris Mous­takas, who came to in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion more than 40 years ago in the award-win­ning Zorba the Greek, has died.

Mous­takas, who was 67, was pri­mar­ily a co­me­dian whose act­ing ca­reer spanned more than four decades. He col­lapsed while re­hears­ing a pro­duc­tion at a lo­cal theatre, and died af­ter be­ing trans­ferred to an Athens hospi­tal.

Mous­takas ap­peared in 76 films and nu­mer­ous stage plays, and was a pop­u­lar television ac­tor. He was “one of the most sig­nif­i­cant comic ac­tors who has emerged from Greece and Cyprus,” said Greek Prime Min­is­ter Costas Kara­man­lis.

Born in Li­mas­sol, Cyprus, in 1940, Mous­takas grad­u­ated from the Na­tional Theatre of Greece and was known for his por­trayal of off­beat, neu­rotic yet lik­able char­ac­ters. He ap­peared pri­mar­ily in mod­ern films and plays, al­though he also per­formed sev­eral roles in classical works. Mous­takas was shortly to join in a na­tional tour of a play by the an­cient comic Aristo­phanes, known for his bit­ing so­cial satire.

Mous­takas’s in­ter­na­tional film de­but came in 1964 in the Os­car-win­ning movie Zorba the Greek, star­ring An­thony Quinn, in which he played Mimithos, the vil­lage id­iot. Al­though his re­cent work was mainly in the theatre, he also had a role in the 2007 film El Greco.

Mous­takas is sur­vived by his ac­tress wife Maria Bonelou and one daugh­ter.

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