People of Note from Piraeus

Εleftheria Αrvanitaki

Eleftheria Arvanitaki – A Unique Folk/Ethnic Singer of International Recognition

Eleftheria Arvanitaki is one of the best folk singers in Greece, a fact proved by her ever-rising popularity, as well as her 30-year and ongoing illustrious career, both here and abroad. Her work incorporates elements of traditional, folk and pop Greek music, while the unique crystal-like clarity of her voice makes her a hugely popular figure in the Greek music scene. Born and raised in Piraeus, on October 16, 1957, Arvanitaki first rose to fame as part of the rebetico and folk music band, “Opisthodromiki Kompania” (“Retrograde Company”) … < Read More >

George Dalaras

George Dalaras – A Great Greek Singer

One of the greatest, most popular and successful Greek singers, Yorgos Dalaras, was born in Piraeus in 1949. Son of Loukas Daralas who was a rebetiko singer –Yorgos changed his last name when he became a singer- he was raised in a really poor family. At the age of fifteen he recorded his first song – it was an amateur recording of him singing accompanied by his father. By the age of seventeen he had already chosen the career of a singer. He worked with some of the most distinguished Greek composers, Manos Hatzidakis, Mikis Theodorakis Manos Loizos, … < Read More >

Yannis Tsarouchis

Yannis Tsarouchis – One of the Greatest Greek Painters

Early 20th century Piraeus, with its mansions and hills, the Municipal Theatre, the sea and the sunset colours, was, in Tsarouchis’ mind, a mythical city which rooted deeply within the artist’s imagination, for both the bourgeois environment in which he grew up and for the poor-class districts which fascinated him in childhood. Many of Tsarouchis’ finest works were inspired by his home-town and its people. Overall, Tsarouchis’ activities in the arts were multi-varied and his work was influenced by numerous factors. Besides painting, he also engaged in the folk decorative arts, weaving, hagiography, scenography, directing, poetry and … < Read More >

Marios Ploritis

Marios Ploritis – A Master of Theater and Journalism from Piraeus

An author, a critic, a journalist and a director, Marios Ploritis was born in 1919 in Piraeus. Holding a degree in Law and Political Science (University of Athens), he went on to follow theater studies in Great Britain, France and the United States. Within the years 1945 – 1965 Marios Ploritis worked as a theater and cinema critic in the newspaper “Eleftherotypia”, while he was one of the co-founders of Karolos Koun “Art Theater” (“Theatro Technis”), a turning point and eventually a legend in the course of Greek theater. During the seven – year dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974), Marios Ploritis … < Read More >

Emilios Veakis

Emilios Veakis – A Celebrated Theater Actor

Emilios Veakis, one of the greatest Greek actors, was born in Piraeus in 1884. He was raised by his uncles, as his mother died from postpartum fever forty days after his birth, while his father died when Emilios was three years old. A child with a taste for art by nature, Emilios painted, wrote poems and organized theater performances for his friends. In an effort to deal with his uncles’ objection to him becoming an actor as they wanted him to take over their carpentry business, Emilios joins the Athens School of Fine Arts. In 1900 he passes the Royal Theater’s audition and starts studying acting at the … < Read More >

Giorgos Kimoulis

Giorgos Kimoulis – One of the Most Eminent Contemporary Greek Actors & Directors

Born in Piraeus in 1956, Giorgos Kimoulis is definitely one of the most talented and well respected artists in Greece. An actor, a director and a translator, he has always been one of both the critics’ and the audience’s favorites. Graduating from “Veakis Drama School” in 1977, Giorgos Kimoulis starts a successful career in acting, with appearances in the theater, cinema and television. In 1983, Aliki Vougiouklaki is about to put on Alexander Doumas’ “The Lady with the Camellias”, directed by Mauro Bolognini and she holds an audition for … < Read More >

Dimitris Papamichail

Dimitris Papamichail – a Great Greek Actor from Piraeus

Probably no other actor could be identified with his hometown as much as Dimitris Papamichail is with Piraeus. Because being from Piraeus isn’t just a detail in a man’s résumé, it’s a whole combination of traits that come to mind: outspoken and straightforward, a man of honor who would never go back on his word, defending his dignity and pride. Born in Piraeus, in the neighborhood of Hatzikyriakio in 1934, Dimitris Papamichail was raised this way. And it is this very aspect of his personality that emerges in many of the movie parts he interpreted during his successful career. Dimitris Papamichail studied acting … < Read More >

Katina Paxinou

Katina Paxinou – The Oscar Awarded Actress from Piraeus

Born in Piraeus in 1900, Katina Konstantopoulou Paxinou was one of the greatest – if not the greatest – Greek actresses. Daughter of the well-off businessman Vassilis Konstantopoulos, Katina was raised in a wealthy family and received an excellent education. At the age of seventeen she gets married to a rich businessman, Ioannis Paxinos. They will have two daughters but their marriage will last for only six years. Katina will keep her ex-husband’s last name, a name meant to designate a legend: Katina Paxinou. In 1920 the opera “Sister Beatrice”, specially written for Katina Paxinou by the great … < Read More >

Thanassis Veggos

Thanassis Veggos – the Great Comedian from Piraeus

Born in Neo Faliro, in Piraeus in 1927, Thanassis Veggos was one of the most popular and most talented Greek comedians. Raised in a poor family, he did various jobs to make ends meet. With his father being a communist, Thanassis Veggos was sent to do his military service in Makronissos – the infamous exile island for communists. There he met Nikos Koundouros , who was on exile for his political beliefs. It was in the early 1950’s when Nikos Koundouros – asked Thanassis Veggos to play a part in his first movie, “The enchanted city” (“Magiki Poli”). And it was Koundouros’ persistence that … < Read More >

Despo Diamantidou

Despo Diamantidou – an Actress from Piraeus with an International Career

Despo Diamantidou was born in a house in the Ziller neighborhood in Piraeus, on July 13, in 1916. Behind this very house, there used to be the Tsocha Theater, where little Despo would spend her time watching, observing, admiring. And – as she admitted in one of her interviews – this was when she decided that she would pursue a career in acting. Talented, well-educated and multilingual, she was one of the most distinguished Greek actresses, while she was an excellent play translator as well. She appeared in many … < Read More >

Thymios Karakatsanis

Thymios Karakatsanis – a Great Aristophanian Actor & Theatre Director

A Greek actor and one of the greatest theatre directors, Thymios Karakatsanis is an artist whose name became synonymous with the Aristophanian comedies he so loved and worked on, with passion and respect, throughout his entire acting career. He was a man with an intense personality, poignant and brilliant, above all else. Fierce opponent of the television and the false values it promotes, he gave criticism as often as he received it and his witty comments about life in modern Greece never failed to provoke strong … < Read More >