Greek “Rambo” actor Spiros Focas starred in Italian and Hollywood films dies aged 86. He worked in famous films including “Rambo 3” and “Jewel of the Nile”.
His wife said Spiros was in a rehabilitation center in Athens Hospital when he died. He was hospitalized after escaping wildfires near his home in July.
Lina Mendoni, Culture Minister of Greece paid tribute to the late actor saying Spiros was one of the best known and most loved actors of the country. She said Spiros was universal, noble, industrious, and forward-thinking. At the same time, Spiros Fokas was as beautiful as a Greek. His work will remind us of him
Spiros was born in the coastal city of Patras in 1937. He began his cinematic career in 1959 before moving to Italy for a four-decade career in film and television.
Spiros resembled an Egyptian star, Omar Sharif. He worked for notable filmmakers Vincente Minnelli and Luchino Visconti starring in the classic movie “Rocco and his Brothers in 1960.
His most famous roles were as an Afghan Mujahideen warrior in “Rambo 3” and as the villain Omar in “Jewel of the Nile” opposite Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito.
The Greek star said giving an interview with Star TV three years ago that fate was kind to him. But I never got to roll double sixes.
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