Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1931-06-20 (90 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

85 Movies · 20 TV shows

Biography

Olympia Mary Dukakis (Greek: Ολυμπία Δουκάκη; born June 20, 1931) is an American actress. She started her career in theater and won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man. She later moved to film acting, and in 1987 she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Moonstruck. She received another Golden Globe nomination for Sinatra and Emmy Award nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City, and Joan of Arc.

Personal Life

Dukakis was married to actor Louis Zorich from 1962 until his death on January 30, 2018. They have three children. She is the cousin of Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for president. She is a "sudoku fanatic."

Early Life

Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alexandra "Alec" (née Christos) (1898–1994) and Constantine "Costa" S. Dukakis (1899–1975). Her parents were Greek emigrants, her father originally from Anatolia and her mother from the Peloponnese. She has a brother named Apollo and is a cousin of Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for President in 1988, for whom she was a delegate from New Jersey at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She is an alumna of Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts, and was educated at Boston University.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

2 Movies
The New Abolitionists

The New Abolitionists

2020
Filmmaker Christina Zorich follows abolitionists throughout Southeast Asia that have dedicated their lives to rescuing, rehabilitating, preventing and prosecuting those involved in human sex trafficki...
The New Greek Americans

The New Greek Americans

2020
A chronicle of the Greek diaspora in the United States, starting from the 60s, when young Greek Americans, despite their conservative and uptight upbringing, started to embrace the flow of change in m...

2019.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Tales of the City

Tales of the City

2019
Mary Ann returned to San Francisco twenty years after leaving her family to pursue her career. Mary Ann is drawn back into the world of Anna Madrigal, her chosen family and a new generation of queer y...
Leonard Soloway's Broadway

Leonard Soloway's Broadway

2019
Through verité documentary footage, humorous storytelling, interviews and archival film material, Leonard Soloway's Broadway captures a Broadway few ever see as told through the eyes of a legendary Br...

2018.

2 Movies
Change in the Air

Change in the Air

2018
A woman is moving into a community. As they embrace her, the locals will improve their lives. They can't help but notice that their new neighbor has a secret.
Olympia

Olympia

2018
Follow Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis behind the scenes in this affectionate profile of a stalwart New Yorker and beloved stage and screen treasure.

2017.

1 Movie
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

2017
One of the world's most beloved storytellers is celebrated in The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer.

2016.

2 Movies
Starring Austin Pendleton

Starring Austin Pendleton

2016
A quirky and inspirational documentary film on the philosophical approach to the life and work of character actor, Austin Pendleton.
The Infiltrator

The Infiltrator

3.5
2016
A drug lord was involved in money-laundering.

2015.

3 Movies
7 Chinese Brothers

7 Chinese Brothers

2015
Larry is an unqualified, unemployable, inebriated prankster who rides a tide of booze onto the glorious shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. Taking a part-time job vacuuming and washing windshiel...
Emily & Tim

Emily & Tim

2015
There are six vignettes in the movie. A look at the marriage of Tim and Emily Hanratty.
Irene & Marie

Irene & Marie

2015
Olympia Dukakis and Rose Gregorio play Greek-American women in their 70s who create stories to avoid the realities of growing older.

2014.

2 Movies
A Little Game

A Little Game

2014
Ostracized at her posh new uptown school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10 year-old downtown girl finds an unlikely mentor in the form of an irascible chess-master, who uses the...
Big Driver

Big Driver

2014
A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after being attacked.

2013.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Sex & Violence

Sex & Violence

2013
The lives of a social worker, a victims' advocate, and four others are followed.
The Last Keepers

The Last Keepers

2013
Two people are the last survivors of an ancient line of goddess worshipers and they sell art. When their teenage daughter Rhea falls in love with a poetically inclined boy, she begins to develop magic...
The Christmas Spirit

The Christmas Spirit

2013
Charlotte Hart, a distinguished journalist, is spending time with her family over the holidays when a real estate developer approaches their small town with quite an offer. Charlotte drives to see the...
Montana Amazon

Montana Amazon

2013
The Dunderheads have been in the mountains for a long time. One step ahead of the law, Grandma matriarch Ira flees to Canada with her two wildly dysfunctional teenage grand kids, across the American W...

2011.

2 Movies
Cloudburst

Cloudburst

2011
When Dot's granddaughter puts her in a nursing home, Stella takes her to Canada so they can get married. A hitch hiker is picked up along the way.
Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

2011
A coming of age film for 40 year olds. Three middle-aged friends reunite to put on a play and find themselves again.

2009.

1 Movie
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

6
2009
The Deer Hunter was nominated for a Best Picture award. Most people don't know his name. You were a fresh tour through movies that defined a generation.

2007.

2 Movies
Away from Her

Away from Her

5.89
2007
A man copes with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease when she transfers her affections to another man who is also a patient at the nursing home.
In the Land of Women

In the Land of Women

6
2007
Carter moved to Michigan to take care of his ailing grandmother after a bad break up with his girlfriend. The mother and daughters live across the street from him.

2006.

4 Movies
Jesus, Mary and Joey

Jesus, Mary and Joey

2006
Twenty-something and aimless, Joey Vitello still lives at home with his colorful Italian-American family when he is reunited with a childhood schoolmate, Mary O'Callahan. Once mocked as 'Scary Mary' t...
Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family

Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family

2006
A documentary shows the development of the script into a film. A real Italian father is the source of believability for the film, and it also describes the closeness among Italian families, which come...
Day On Fire

Day On Fire

2006
In 2006 a film called Day on Fire was filmed in New York City and Israel. It is written and directed by Jay Anania and features Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis. The film was scored by John Medesk...
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

6.67
2006
Flynn Carsen received a map in the mail with the secret location of King Solomon's Mines after retrieving the Crystal Skull in Utah. Flynn is assigned to retrieve the map when the scroll is stolen bec...

2005.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Numb3rs

Numb3rs

5.8
2005
Based on actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide rang...
The Thing About My Folks

The Thing About My Folks

2005
One night, Sam showed up with a note from Ben's mother. While Ben's wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day trip to see a farmhouse that's for sale. The day trip turns into ...
3 Needles

3 Needles

2005
A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village...
Whiskey School

Whiskey School

2005
Like many writers, Leopold De Angeli likes the drink a little too much. Theater friends attempt to save Leopold's life by staging an intervention.
The Great New Wonderful

The Great New Wonderful

4
2005
There are five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain New York City.

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe

2004
Center of the Universe is a television series on CBS, which ran from October 27, 2004, until January 19, 2005. The sitcom was canceled after just 10 episodes aired. It was set in downtown Tulsa, Oklah...
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

4.33
2004
A meek Librarian sets out to ensure the safe return of a magical artifact when it is lifted from his library

2003.

2 Movies
The Event

The Event

2003
An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York. Nick, a district attorney invest...
Charlie's War

Charlie's War

2003
Charlie's War is the story of Charlotte Lewis, a woman who is experiencing serious emotional and mental turmoil brought about by nightmares of increasing intensity. In the dreams, she is a young girl,...

2002.

2 Movies
The Intended

The Intended

2002
A period drama about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her family.
Guilty Hearts

Guilty Hearts

2002
Quiet and unassuming church organist Jenny Moran is depressed with her marriage to working-class Matt and leaves him. Jenny begins an affair with the manipulative and charming Dr. Stephen Carrow, who ...

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
My Beautiful Son

My Beautiful Son

2001
A NYC psychiatrist is diagnosed with leukemia and when he finds out he was adopted, he travels to England in search of his birth mother and some answers. Paul Reiser, amber Sealey, and Lachele Carl.
TV
Further Tales of the City

Further Tales of the City

2001
The denizens of 28 Barbary Lane venture beyond the City by the Bay to the home of a Hollywood icon, even to a remote Alaskan island, in the third part of Armistead Maupin's engaging saga.

2000.

2 Movies
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells

2000
After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was 15 and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl (with one exception) swing band. Accompan...
Borough of Kings

Borough of Kings

2000
Toil and trouble. Jimmy wants to leave South Brooklyn where hoods run the show. Since the death of his firefighter father, Jimmy's family has been the guys at the station house and Tommy, a mobster wh...

1999.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

1999
Joan d'Arc was the teen who led French forces against the English.
TV
Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

6
1999
Joan of Arc was born in the war zone of Northern France. She often witnesses the horrors of war in her youth, but her spirit is kept high by a legend. One day a young maiden will unite the divided cou...
Crimes of Honour

Crimes of Honour

1999
Throughout the Islamic world, each year hundreds of women are shot, stabbed, strangled or burned to death by male relatives because they are thought to have “dishonoured” their families. They may hav...

1998.

5 Movies · 2 TV shows
Better Living

Better Living

1998
A comedy about families, the elements that bind them together, and hope in the face of hardship.
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

1998
This is a very clear and personalized presentation of the history and human impact of a seriously debilitating disease - one which we in the western world are too often tempted to think of in the past...
Scattering Dad

Scattering Dad

1998
An agoraphobic woman who hasn't left her home in 20 years receives a visit from the spirit of her deceased husband who reminds her of a promise she made to scatter his ashes at his favorite vacation s...
The Pentagon Wars

The Pentagon Wars

1998
The director of "Made In America" and "The Money Pit" makes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive mistakes in military history. Billions of dollars have been spent on the Bradley Fighting Vehi...
TV
So Graham Norton

So Graham Norton

1998
So Graham Norton was a British television programme, hosted by Irish personality Graham Norton. It ran from 3 July 1998 to 1 March 2002.
Jane Austen's Mafia!

Jane Austen's Mafia!

1998
The son of a Mafia king takes over for his dying father.
TV
More Tales of the City

More Tales of the City

1998
In this sequel to the controversial PBS mini-series,Mona Ramsey is on a cross-country trip that takes her to a brothel, which may hold a secret about her past. Mouse and Mary Ann went on a cruise toge...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

6.2
1997
A young advertising executive's life becomes more complicated when she pretends to be engaged to a man she just met in order to impress her boss.
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
A Match Made in Heaven

A Match Made in Heaven

5.41
1997
A dying widow plays a game with her son and sets him up with a nurse.

1996.

3 Movies
Never Too Late

Never Too Late

1996
Four old friends reunite to investigate the death of a good friend.
Milk & Money

Milk & Money

1996
When David drops out of medical school, he finds out what life isn't really like. He meets beautiful women, holds a box, helps make a movie, and takes care of 21 cows in Manhattan.
Jerusalem

Jerusalem

1996
A group of Christians are moving to Palestine.

1995.

6 Movies
Young at Heart

Young at Heart

1995
A matriarch of three generations born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, discovers that her recently-deceased husband has lost their bar and home to a gambling debt.
Mother

Mother

6.8
1995
Weisser is a young college bound man whose future is threatened when his mother interferes with his love life and a pending scholarship. He also discovers that his mother's best friend wishes to get c...
Mighty Aphrodite

Mighty Aphrodite

4
1995
When he and his wife adopted a baby, Lenny realized that his son is a genius and became obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant as well. When he learns th...
Jeffrey

Jeffrey

4
1995
Being celibate protects Jeffrey from contracting AIDS. He declared a sex-free existence and met Steve Howard. Jeffrey asked his friends for help.
Dead Badge

Dead Badge

1995
After a cop dies, his shield goes back on duty. They call it a "dead badge" - a way to honor a fallen officer. Badge #2424 used to belong to Many Torres - a cop who died of a heroin O.D. Now it belo...
Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland's Opus

6
1995
Glenn Holland took a day job as a high school music teacher in 1965, believing it was just a small roadblock to his true calling. Holland must redefine his life's purpose as the decades roll by and ge...

1994.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
I Love Trouble

I Love Trouble

4
1994
Two reporters from Chicago join forces to uncover a conspiracy.
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

5.89
1994
Frank Drebin was persuaded to go undercover in a state prison. He is going to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned when he escapes. Jane is desperate for a baby. Frank's problems are made w...
TV
Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio

1994
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
TV
Touched by an Angel

Touched by an Angel

8
1994
Touched by an Angel was an American drama series that ran for nine seasons on CBS and ended on April 27, 2003 The series stars Roma Downey as an angel named Monica, and Della Reese as her supervisor. ...

1993.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Tales of the City

Tales of the City

1993
The first novel in the Tales of the City series was the basis for the miniseries.
Look Who's Talking Now!

Look Who's Talking Now!

4.42
1993
Before James makes a terrible mistake, his wife, their kids and their two dogs must rescue him, because he is going to spend a romantic Christmas with his new employer.
Digger

Digger

1993
A young boy is sent to live with relatives when his parents break up. He befriends a boy.
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.
The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club

1993
The story of three Pittsburgh widows who meet every year to visit their husband's graves and talk about their lives.

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Sinatra

Sinatra

1992
The executive producer of Sinatra was Tina Sinatra, Frank's youngest daughter.
Over the Hill

Over the Hill

1992
Without seeing her daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Australia, Alma can't have one more birthday.

1991.

2 Movies
Lucky Day

Lucky Day

1991
When 30-year-old Allison Campbell wins a $2 million lottery, her family life is turned upside down because she is mentally handicapped. For the past 10 years, Kari has been caring for Alison. When the...

1990.

2 Movies
Look Who's Talking Too

Look Who's Talking Too

5.21
1990
James and Mollie are raising a family, which now includes an older Mikey and a baby sister. When Stuart moves in, there is tension between the siblings. For the first time, Mikey is learning how to us...
In the Spirit

In the Spirit

1990
A woman moves back to New York and hires a New Age woman to redecorate her apartment. The movie takes a turn when the two escape to a New Age retreat in upstate New York to escape a murderer who is af...

1989.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.23
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

4.75
1989
The drama is about a beauty shop in Louisana owned by Truvy and the tragedies of her clients.
Look Who's Talking

Look Who's Talking

5.88
1989
There is a single working mother who is looking for the perfect father for her child. James, a cab driver turned babysitter, has what it takes to make her baby and her happy. James won't be considered...
Dad

Dad

1989
A busy executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying. He becomes closer to his father than before. Estranged from his son, the executive realized what was missing in his life.

1988.

1 Movie
Working Girl

Working Girl

8.67
1988
An ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success is the name of the game. When her boss breaks a leg, she takes over. She creates a deal with an investment banker that ...

1987.

1 Movie
Moonstruck

Moonstruck

8
1987
After accepting a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, the Italian-American widow finds herself falling in love with his younger brother, Ronny. She tries to resist, but Ronny lost hi...

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Equalizer

The Equalizer

7.33
1985
Robert McCall is a former agent of a secret government agency who is now running his own private crime fighting operation where he fashions himself as "The Equalizer." It is a service for victims of t...
Flanagan

Flanagan

1985
Aging New York cabbie Flanagan still has hopes of making it as a stage actor. He can recite any Shakespeare sonnet and is facile with accents, but he can't land an agent or a job. During the course of...

1982.

1 Movie
National Lampoon's Movie Madness

National Lampoon's Movie Madness

1982
A parody of film genres, consisting of three shorts, spoofing personal growth films, glossy soap operas, and police stories.

1980.

1 Movie
The Idolmaker

The Idolmaker

1980
It is based on the life of Bob Marucci, a rock promoter and producer.

1979.

2 Movies
The Wanderers

The Wanderers

1979
The joy and pain of adolescence can be found on the streets of the Bronx. Richard Price wrote a novel about the history of the Italian-American gang.
Rich Kids

Rich Kids

6
1979
Two 12 year olds from the broken homes of the Upper West Side are struggling to understand their parents lives and feelings.

1977.

1 TV show

1975.

1 Movie
The Seagull

The Seagull

1975
Anton Chekhov's play "The Seagull" is brought to life in this acclaimed 1975 production directed by John Desmond. Seeking to reform the theater, Konstantin (Frank Langella) has written an experimental...

1974.

3 Movies
Nicky's World

Nicky's World

1974
A teenager becomes a hero after his family's bakery is destroyed.
Death Wish

Death Wish

4.94
1974
After his wife is murdered by street punks, a New York City architect becomes a one-man squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal

1974
The Greek military junta was indicted. The film tries to give a reconstruction of the events during the students' uprising in the Athens Polytechnic.

1973.

1 Movie
Sisters

Sisters

7.5
1973
Danielle kills a man. She called the police because she was afraid. When the detective arrived, Grace took matters into her own hands. Joseph Larch is a private investigator who helps her uncover a se...

1971.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...
Made For Each Other

Made For Each Other

1971
An eccentric woman meets an equally odd man at a group therapy session and they begin a relationship.

1969.

2 Movies
Stiletto

Stiletto

1969
A rich, jet-setting playboy is also a professional Mafia hitman. His former employers don't like the idea that someone who knows so much about them won't be under their control anymore, so they send t...
John and Mary

John and Mary

1969
John and Mary meet in a singles bar and spend the next day getting to know each other.

1963.

1 Movie
Twice a Man

Twice a Man

1963
In the myth of Hippolytus, a chaste youth rejects the incestuous advances of his mother and is saved from death by a caring physician.

1961.

1 TV show
TV
Dr. Kildare

Dr. Kildare

6
1961
The story of a young intern in a large metropolitan hospital trying to learn his profession, deal with the problems of his patients, and win the respect of the senior doctor in his specialty, internal...

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Search for Tomorrow

Search for Tomorrow

1951
Search for Tomorrow is an American soap opera that premiered on September 3, 1951, on CBS. The show was moved from CBS to NBC on March 29, 1982. It continued on NBC until the final episode aired on De...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Not To Forget

Not To Forget

A judge sentences a self-centered young man to take care of his grandmother, who is affected by Alzheimer's. The young hero gets closer to grandma and the treasure he's been looking for as he learns t...
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