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Olympia Dukakis is a Actor and Executive producer American born on 20 june 1931 at Lowell (USA)

Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis
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Nationality USA
Birth 20 june 1931 at Lowell (USA)
Death 1 may 2021 (at 89 years)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Olympia Dukakis (born June 20, 1931) is an American actress. She started her career in the theatre, and won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her Off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man. She later transitioned to film work 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 nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City and Joan of Arc.


Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alexandra (née Christos) and Constantine S. Dukakis. Her parents were Greek immigrants to the United States, her father from Anatolia and her mother from the Peloponnese. She has a brother, Apollo, and is a cousin of Michael Dukakis, a 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.

Dukakis has been married to actor Louis Zorich since 1962. They have three children.

Best films

Look Who's Talking (1989)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Moonstruck (1988)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Away from Her (2007)

Usually with

David Zucker
David Zucker
(1 films)
Louis Zorich
Louis Zorich
(4 films)
Paul Hirsch
Paul Hirsch
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Olympia Dukakis (59 films)

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The Infiltrator, 2h7
Directed by Brad Furman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Historical, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Gangster films
Actors Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, John Leguizamo, Elena Anaya
Roles Aunt Vicky
Rating69% 3.4966253.4966253.4966253.4966253.496625
During the 1980s, DEA agent Robert Mazur uses his undercover alias "Bob Musella" to become a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Later, he infiltrates the world's largest cartels and helps discover the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar.
7 Chinese Brothers, 1h15
Directed by Bob Byington
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jason Schwartzman, Stephen Root, Olympia Dukakis, Jonathan Togo, Alex Karpovsky, Tunde Adebimpe
Roles Grandma
Rating55% 2.7997152.7997152.7997152.7997152.799715
In this quirky comedy, Larry (Jason Schwartzman) along with his trusty sidekick french bulldog Arrow (Schwartzman's real life pet), goes through life as a misanthropic outcast looking for work and a purpose in life.
Big Driver
Big Driver (2014)
, 1h27
Directed by Mikael Salomon
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice
Actors Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, Ann Dowd, Joan Jett, Jennifer Kydd
Roles Doreen
Rating56% 2.8028052.8028052.8028052.8028052.802805
Tess Thorne is a successful cozy mystery writer who has a fear of flying, and will only take speaking engagement miles away from her home. She goes to a Massachusetts library for a meet and greet with fans. After the event, the woman who had invited her, Ramona Norville, suggests an alternative route for Tess to take on the way home which would shave an hour off her drive. However, on the shortcut, Tess' Toyota Prius rolls over nail-studded pieces of wood which lie across the road, giving her a flat tire. The incident happens by an abandoned gas station. With her cell phone not having a signal, Tess hopes that a good Samaritan will stop.
Montana Amazon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Actors Olympia Dukakis, Haley Joel Osment, Alison Brie, Haley Pullos, Veronica Cartwright, Ellen Geer
Roles Ira
Rating45% 2.267062.267062.267062.267062.26706
A crazed grandmother is a fugitive with her two teenage grandchildren. Along the way problems, revelations and adventures ensue.
The Christmas Spirit, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Christmas films
Actors Nicollette Sheridan, Olympia Dukakis, Bart Johnson, Sammi Hanratty, Amanda Foreman, Tristan Lake Leabu
Roles Gwen Hollander
Rating57% 2.892362.892362.892362.892362.89236
Charlotte Hart, une journaliste en congé forcé, retourne vivre à Laurel Springs, la ville de son enfance, afin de prendre soin de la famille de son frère, parti combattre en Afghanistan. Tandis que sa belle-sœur, infirmière, enchaîne les gardes à l'hôpital, elle s'occupe de ses deux neveux adolescents, Morgan et Christopher, tout en gérant le journal local. Deux hommes d'affaires travaillant pour une entreprise d'investissement immobilier, se présentent à elle. Leur patron, Daniel Huntslar, souhaite racheter les commerces de la rue principale pour moderniser le cœur de ville. Charlotte voit tout cela d'un mauvais œil, d'autant que les fêtes de Noël approchent. Elle décide de rendre visite à Daniel pour lui donner son point de vue. Peu après, tous les deux sont victimes d'un accident de la route qui les laisse dans le coma.
Cloudburst (2011)
, 1h33
Directed by Thomas Fitzgerald
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Road movies, LGBT-related films, Same-sex marriage in film, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, John Dunsworth, Kristin Booth, Ryan Doucette
Roles Stella
Rating71% 3.5895453.5895453.5895453.5895453.589545
Stella (Dukakis) and Dotty (Fricker) are a lesbian couple from Maine who embark on a Thelma and Louise-style road trip to Nova Scotia to get married after Dotty is moved into a nursing home by her granddaughter. Along the way they pick up Prentice (Doucette), a hitchhiker travelling home to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother, and the three bond deeply as they travel.
In the Land of Women, 1h37
Directed by Jon Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Meg Ryan, Makenzie Vega, Olympia Dukakis, Elena Anaya
Roles Phyllis
Rating63% 3.196333.196333.196333.196333.19633
Carter Webb (Adam Brody) is a young, soft-core porn writer living in Los Angeles whose young, starlet girlfriend Sofia (Elena Anaya) breaks up with him. Carter pleads with her to stay, but she leaves.
Away from Her, 1h50
Directed by Sarah Polley
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Kristen Thomson, Michael Murphy, Nina Dobrev
Roles Marian
Rating74% 3.747273.747273.747273.747273.74727
Grant (Pinsent) and Fiona (Christie) are a retired married couple living in rural Brant County, Ontario. Fiona begins to lose her memory, and it becomes apparent she suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Throughout the film, Grant's reflections on his marriage are woven with his reflections on his own infidelities, and influence his eventual decisions regarding Fiona's happiness.
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, 1h35
Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes L'Or
Actors Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin, Olympia Dukakis, Erick Avari
Roles Margie Carsen
Rating61% 3.052123.052123.052123.052123.05212
Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle), a year after his first mission as the Librarian, has been on many more death-defying missions to protect the world from evildoers, including a trip to Utah to recover a mystical crystal skull. Upon his return to the Library, the audience is introduced to more mythic artifacts stored there: The Head of Medusa, the Trident of Poseidon, the Shroud of Turin, and the Pipes of Pan. He has moved out of his mother's house into his own apartment, but still feels held back by Judson, his supervisor, who tells him that "sometimes you have to give up what you want for the greater good" in order to go from being a "good librarian" to a "great librarian".
The Great New Wonderful, 1h27
Directed by Danny Leiner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Naseeruddin Shah, Jim Parsons, Tony Shalhoub, Judy Greer, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Roles Judy Hillerman
Rating55% 2.799842.799842.799842.799842.79984
The Great New Wonderful is a series of vignettes of incidents taking place concurrently around Manhattan. The only other thing linking the incidents is the month in which they occur: September 2002. Recurring themes include Frustration and Sugar.
Whiskey School, 1h27
Directed by Peter Masterson
Actors Olympia Dukakis, Mary Stuart Masterson, David Margulies, Lainie Kazan, Carlin Glynn, Robert Walden
Roles Ellen Haywood
Rating59% 2.959512.959512.959512.959512.95951
Leopold De Angeli is a gifted playwright, but like many writers he drinks too much. In the hopes of saving Leopold's life, his theater friends come together to stage an intervention for him.
3 Needles
3 Needles (2005)
, 2h7
Directed by Thomas Fitzgerald
Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Films about pornography, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors Shawn Ashmore, Cory Bowles, Stockard Channing, Steven Crowder, Lucy Liu, Olympia Dukakis
Roles Hilde
Rating62% 3.1487853.1487853.1487853.1487853.148785
A group of young men in Africa, undergo a rite of passage symbolizing their change from boyhood into manhood. In rural China, a heavily pregnant Jin Ping is caught by Chinese military men with crates of black market blood in her van. The blood is destroyed and she is subsequently gang raped. Jin Ping is then shown visiting a village and convincing the inhabitants to give blood for $5 each. They all agree, except Tong Sam, a rice farmer, as he is unable to give blood as he is sick. However, as Jin Ping's equipment is not safe, most of the people in the village contract HIV and die of AIDS, including Tong Sam's family. The military men led by Xuan arrive in the village to help with the disease, and they help Tong Sam grow rice, which he then gives out to his remaining neighbors. Government officials arrive in the town to test people for AIDS, but the testing is $10 per person, which one neighbor thinks is a scam because it "cost $5 when she gave me the virus.
The Thing About My Folks, 1h36
Directed by Raymond De Felitta
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Perkins, Ann Dowd, Lydia Jordan
Roles Muriel Kleinman
Rating63% 3.1986153.1986153.1986153.1986153.198615
When Muriel Kleinman (Olympia Dukakis) unexpectedly leaves her husband Sam (Peter Falk), their three daughters Linda (Ann Dowd), Hillary, Bonnie, and daughter-in-law Rachel (Elizabeth Perkins) set about trying to find her while Sam and his son Ben (Paul Reiser) spend a day in the country inspecting property Ben and his wife are considering buying. The journey evolves into an extended road trip in a restored 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe convertible Sam buys when Ben's car crashes. As time passes, the two men fish, drink, and play pool while discussing the past and reestablishing their relationship.