Michalis Iakovidis

He was born in 1889. Son of painter George Iakovidis. He attended drama courses in Munich and Paris. He debuted in theater in Athens in 1907. He subsequently moved to New York where he founded the “National Greek Theater” (1928-1931). From 1932 to 1940 he worked with the National Theater of Greece, with which he continued to appear for a while after Greece’s liberation from German occupation. In 1940 he appeared as baritone, singing the role of Frank in GNO’s production of the operetta The bat [Die Fledermaus]. He also worked in two films: As Foulis in The neighborhood girl [To koritsi tis geitonias] (1954) and in The Duchess of Plaisance [I doukissa tis Plakentias] (1956). In 1951 he donated many of his father's historical archives to the National Gallery. He was married to poetess Lili Iakovidou (maiden name Patrikiou). He died in Athens in 1959.