His daughter Nikos Xanthopoulos completed: “A full life, he experienced the recognition, the love of the world and his own people”
THE Nikos Xanthopoulosthe “child of the people”, he left his last at the age of 89following many health problems which he was dealing with but also from months of hospitalization.
THE death of Nikos Xanthopoulos caused grief in the artistic world and not only. As his daughter even told Alpha on the show “It doesn’t get any better”. Nikos XanthopoulosMaria, “my father lived a life like a fairy tale.”
His daughter Nikos Xanthopoulos completed: “A full life, he experienced the recognition, the love of the world and his own people”.
According to the journalist, Nikos Nikoliza the funeral of Nikos Xanthopoulos will be done at First Cemetery of Athens on Tuesday or Wednesday. The journalist also mentioned that “the family and the Ministry of Culture should give a day for a popular pilgrimage because Nikos Xanthopoulos is closing a very big chapter in both theater and cinema, as well as in song.”
Nikos Xanthopoulos: Sadness over his death
Lately, Nikos Xanthopoulos has been facing many serious heart problems and was intubated in the intensive care unit at a private clinic in Aigaleo, fighting to stay alive, with his family by his side.
Nikos Xanthopoulos was loved as much as actor as much as singer. He became particularly well-known, popular and beloved in the 60s, mainly playing the role of the poor and downtrodden folk child who lives in misery but is finally redeemed, in the dramatic films of the old Greek cinema.
Nikos Xanthopoulos was born in Nea Ionia, Athens on March 14, 1934. The child of Pontian refugees, he grew up poor with his mother. His father was a cobbler, fisherman and resistance fighter, among other things. His mother raised him alone as his father was absent for long periods of time.
During his teenage years he was athlete of AEK. Besides sports, he loved it reading. Growing up, he decided to work in the theater even though he was initially fascinated by the idea of becoming a philologist. His command then there was Manos Katrakis.
He studied at his School National Theatre. Although a stage actor from 1957 to 1963, he eventually devoted himself to cinema.
In 1970 he founded his own troupe and toured Greece.
THE his last appearance in the cinemaafter an absence of 24 years, was in 1995 in the film by Giorgos Zervoulakos With Orpheus in August.
At the end of 2005 he released his autobiography entitled What I remember and what I loved even touring Greece to promote his book. The idea for the publication arose after his interview in the magazine “Ikones”.
THE Nikos Xanthopoulos married twice and has four children and five grandchildren.
Theater – Cinema
Xanthopoulos’s first professional appearance in the theater was with the Katerinas Troupe in comedy Virginia. He continued at the Free Theater with various roles in shows such as: The lady doesn’t listen to me, La mama, Electra (Thiasos Rodiris, where he played the role of Orestes), Service Entry, Countryside Scandals and Song of the Dead Brother (Thiasos Katraki).
Nikos Xanthopoulos participated in 24 theater productions and played all kinds of theater.
The debut of to cinema it was made in 1958 in the comedy of Philippa Phylaktos The Collectionat his side Vasilis Avlonitis and his Nikos Rizos.
As a protagonist of the big screen, he was established by the director-producer Apostolos Tegopoulos (Clack Film), with whom he had an exclusive collaboration from 1964 to 1971, in musical drama films.
He made his debut in the films of the newly founded Clack Film in 1963 in the film Broken hearts, in the role of the evil brother-in-law. The beginning of the standardization of Xanthopoulos’ roles took place a year later in the film I loved and I hurt where all the elements that established Xanthopoulos in the world’s consciousness as a child of the people are presented.
Television – Videotapes
In TVNikos Xanthopoulos first appeared in 1973 in the series Cruel.
Eight years after Cruelin 1981, he played in the serial of Errikos Thalassinos The Diary of a Porter. There he played the captain who wants to go on a boat and cannot find somewhere to leave his son. The role prompted him to start smoking again.
In 1994 he starred in the television drama series On the Razor’s Edge.
In 1989 he collaborated with Apostolos Tegopoulos and Panos Kontelis in Minor of a Heart which was released on three tapes and then played on ERT in 16 episodes. Follow it Love That Knew No Borders which was filmed in Athens, Istanbul and Paris. It was released in two tapes and later aired in 8 episodes on MEGA.
He then participated in two other video productions, The Father’s Heart and Love on the Margins which was also played on TV on the ANT1 channel in 1992.
For the needs of the films, Nikos Xanthopoulos became a singer under the guidance of Apostolos Kaldara and Eftychia Papagiannopoulou.
After 1971 he stopped appearing in films and switched to a new career in folk singing. In total he has released 9 albums and 55 singles. His discography includes approx 300 songs. His songs are signed by, among others, Akis Panou, Christos Nikolopoulos, Stavros Xarchakos and others.
During his abstinence from cinema and television, Xanthopoulos had the opportunity to visit and tour in the USA, Australia and almost all of Europe, knowing the acceptance and apotheosis of the Greek diaspora.