George Chakiris from West Side Story

Welcome George Chakiris

We’re joined on the Starline by an actor, dancer & singer. Best known as the leader of the Sharks from West Side Story and now you can read his memoir “My West Side Story” we welcome George Chakiris.

George, let’s go Beyond the Mic 60 years ago you won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story. What was your favorite memories from shooting?

Why was writing “My West Side Story” important to you?

Of Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, and Leonard Bernstein, who influenced you the most?

Which role, Riff which you played in London and Bernardo for the movie did you prefer more?

Favorite piece of your designer jewelry?

If you could tell 24 year old self something what would you tell him?

Favorite of all your four albums?

The Wrap:

He uses his Academy Award as a bookend, loved playing Bernardo. His new memoir “My West Side Story” is available. Thank you George Chakiris for talking with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

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