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Michael Cacoyannis

1922 - 2011

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Michael Cacoyannis (Greek: Μιχάλης Κακογιάννης, Michalis Kakogiannis; 11 June 1922 – 25 July 2011), sometimes credited as Michael Yannis, was a Greek Cypriot theatre and film director, writer, producer, and actor. Much of his work was rooted in classical texts, especially those of the Greek tragedian Euripides. His most acclaimed work is the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Cacoyannis has received more than 162,557 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Michael Cacoyannis is the 185th most popular film director (up from 207th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Cyprus (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Cypriot Film Director.

Michael Cacoyannis is most famous for his work in theatre and film, including the films Zorba the Greek and The Trojan Women.

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Among film directors, Michael Cacoyannis ranks 185 out of 1,581Before him are Dino Risi, Danny Boyle, Alice Guy-Blaché, Francesco Rosi, Giuseppe Tornatore, and James Ivory. After him are Ivan Reitman, Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Kramer, Nicholas Ray, Vsevolod Pudovkin, and Jerzy Skolimowski.

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Among people born in 1922, Michael Cacoyannis ranks 56Before him are Ademir de Menezes, Juan Antonio Villacañas, Cornelius Castoriadis, Alberto Granado, Francesco Rosi, and John B. Goodenough. After him are Har Gobind Khorana, Richard Hamilton, Lucian Freud, Toots Thielemans, Oskar Werner, and Joan Fuster. Among people deceased in 2011, Michael Cacoyannis ranks 49Before him are Baruj Benacerraf, Baruch Samuel Blumberg, Madame Nhu, Alberto Granado, Cliff Robertson, and Bubba Smith. After him are Jorge Semprún, Maria Altmann, Ernesto Sabato, Leonora Carrington, Michael Gough, and Har Gobind Khorana.

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In Cyprus

Among people born in Cyprus, Michael Cacoyannis ranks 8 out of 73Before him are Theodora (500), Ptolemy XII Auletes (-117), Makarios III (1913), Saint Spyridon (270), Nicos Anastasiades (1946), and John the Merciful (550). After him are Tassos Papadopoulos (1934), Rauf Denktaş (1924), Glafcos Clerides (1919), Alparslan Türkeş (1917), Isaac Komnenos of Cyprus (1155), and Anne of Cyprus (1418).


Among film directors born in Cyprus, Michael Cacoyannis ranks 1