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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου, pronounced [eˈvaɲɟelos oðiˈseas papaθanaˈsi.u]; 29 March 1943 – 17 May 2022), known professionally as Vangelis ( vang-GHEL-iss; Greek: Βαγγέλης, pronounced [vaɲˈɟelis]), was a Greek composer and arranger of electronic, progressive, ambient, and classical orchestral music. He was best known for his Academy Award-winning score to Chariots of Fire (1981), as well as for composing scores to the films Blade Runner (1982), Missing (1982), Antarctica (1983), The Bounty (1984), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and Alexander (2004), and for the use of his music in the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.Born in Agria and raised in Athens, Vangelis began his career in the 1960s as a member of the rock bands The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child; the latter's album 666 (1972) is now recognised as a progressive-psychedelic rock classic. Vangelis first settled in Paris, and gained initial recognition for his scores to the Frédéric Rossif animal documentaries L'Apocalypse des Animaux, La Fête sauvage, and Opéra sauvage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vangelis has received more than 3,880,592 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia. Vangelis is the 69th most popular composer (up from 79th in 2019), the 65th most popular biography from Greece (up from 69th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Greek Composer.

Vangelis is most famous for his work on the soundtrack to the film "Chariots of Fire" which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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Among composers, Vangelis ranks 69 out of 1,216Before him are George Gershwin, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, John Williams, Alexander Scriabin, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and Charles Gounod. After him are Alessandro Scarlatti, Alexander Borodin, Johann Pachelbel, Anton Webern, Josquin des Prez, and Jules Massenet.

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Among people born in 1943, Vangelis ranks 13Before him are Catherine Deneuve, Sharon Tate, Mick Jagger, Bobby Fischer, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and George Harrison. After him are Keith Richards, Ben Kingsley, Joe Pesci, Toto Cutugno, Albano Carrisi, and Roger Waters. Among people deceased in 2022, Vangelis ranks 7Before him are Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pelé, Pope Benedict XVI, Luc Montagnier, and Jiang Zemin. After him are Sidney Poitier, Monica Vitti, Leonid Kravchuk, Francisco Gento, Thích Nhất Hạnh, and Kane Tanaka.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Vangelis ranks 65 out of 936Before him are Constantine II of Greece (1940), Pyrrho (-365), Queen Sofía of Spain (1938), Antisthenes (-445), Epaminondas (-418), and Peleus (null). After him are Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Irene of Athens (752), Isocrates (-436), and Seleucus I Nicator (-358).

Among COMPOSERS In Greece

Among composers born in Greece, Vangelis ranks 2Before him are Mikis Theodorakis (1925). After him are Eleni Karaindrou (1941), Spyridon Samaras (1861), Manos Hatzidakis (1925), Nikos Skalkottas (1904), and Nikolaos Mantzaros (1795).