Feb 19, 2014
Kojak: Who Loves Ya?
They never interested me much, so I never saw a single episode of Kojak (1973-78). But you could hardly miss the image of Telly Savalas, the bald, hirsute bear, with his trademark Tootsie Roll pop and gravely "Who loves ya, baby?"
He worked out of New York, he was of Greek ancestry, and he had no sidekick, although he sometimes worked with young plainclothes cop Bobby Crocker (Kevin Dobson), or Fatso Stavros (George Savalas).
Who loves ya, Baby? Not Kojak
Telly Savalas appeared in over 100 movies and tv shows, playing a lot of psycho types and villains, such as Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and Archer Maggott in The Dirty Dozen (1967).
He was politically conservative and a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church, so I'm guessing not a gay ally.