Christos Efthimiou

He was born in Lamia, on 3/8/1900 and graduated from Athens Law School. He began studying at the Professional Theater School in 1929 and graduated with honors. He began his career at Kyveli’s Theater Company. In 1931, he was invited to be founding member of the Royal Theater of which he remained key official. He distinguished as a comedian, especially in plays of Molière and Shakespeare, yet also in roles of typical folk men in Greek plays. From 1933 to 1969 he participated in seven films: Miss Lawyer (Despoinis dikigoros), Paradise’s Alley (To dromaki tou Paradeisou), The Unknown Woman (I agnosti), The Shepherdess’s Lover (O agapitikos tis voskopoulas), The Womanizer (O gynaikas), A Stupid And A Half Man (Enas vlakas kai misos), Snow-white and the Seven Bachelors (I Hionati kai ta efta gerontopallikara). At the end of his career, he turned to musical theater, as an artistic director at Akropol and a theater company co-owner. There he collaborated with many renowned Greek artists, such as Sofia Vempo, Nikos Stavridis, Rena Vlahopoulou and Yannis Gionakis. For many years he took part in everyday afternoon radio five-minute musical monologues, as well as in the sound recording of the record Aesop’s Myths (Mythoi tou Aisopou) (1968). In 1952, he was awarded with the Golden Cross of George I, as well as the medal of Academic Laurels from the French government for his excellent interpretations of Molière’s roles. He passed away in Athens, on 4/5/1971. During the period 1939-1961, he collaborated with the Greek National Opera and participated in the productions of the operettas The Bat [Die Fledermaus] (Prince Orlofsky), The Land of Smiles [Das Land des Lächelns] (Eunuch), At the Barracks [Sta Parapigmata] (Theodoulos, Monahoyenis), Where the Lark Sings [Wo die Lerche singt] (Terek Pal), La Belle Hélène (Ménélas), Paganini (Bartucci).