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Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου [evˈaɲɟelos oðiˈseas papaθanaˈsiu]; born 29 March 1943), known professionally as Vangelis (; Greek: Βαγγέλης [vaɲˈɟelis]), is a Greek musician and composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music. He is 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 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.Vangelis began his career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a progressive-psychedelic rock classic. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vangelis has received more than 2,353,591 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia. Vangelis is the 79th most popular composer (down from 70th in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Greece (down from 57th 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 79 out of 1,228. Before him are Alexander Scriabin, Nino Rota, Josquin des Prez, Mikis Theodorakis, Alban Berg, and Mikhail Glinka. After him are Gabriel Fauré, Luigi Boccherini, Jules Massenet, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Franz Lehár, and Carl Czerny.

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Among people born in 1943, Vangelis ranks 12Before him are Sharon Tate, Julio Iglesias, Catherine Deneuve, Bobby Fischer, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Mick Jagger. After him are Ben Kingsley, Keith Richards, Joe Pesci, Elena Ferrante, Christopher Walken, and Roger Waters.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Vangelis ranks 69 out of 855. Before him are Leucippus (-500), Pope Dionysius (200), Peleus (null), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Mikis Theodorakis (1925), and Isocrates (-436). After him are Clement of Alexandria (150), Nana Mouskouri (1934), Paul of Greece (1901), Lysippos (-390), Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), and Giorgio de Chirico (1888).

Among COMPOSERS In Greece

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