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Dimitris Horn | Greek Actor

Dimitris Horn [1921 – 1998], born in Athens, son of the playwright Pantelis Horn, was a Greek performer in theater and cinema. His godmother was the famous Greek actress Kyveli.

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His first appearance in the theater was in the arms of Kyveli, in the play "Geitonisses" (meaning "Female Neighbors") of his father, and his second appearance came in the age of four, again with his godmother in Ibsen's "Nora".

He studied Drama at the National Theater School of Greece, with which he made his stage debut in 1941 in the play "Bat" of Johan Strauss in Thessaloniki. During the next years, he co-operated with the Greek National Theater and famous actors.

In 1951 he left to England with a one year scholarship, and then he went to the United States to get acquainted with the global theatre trends.

Coming back to Greece he made his own theater group with George Pappas and the famous Elli Lampeti. With Lampeti they fell in love and remained a couple for seven years. With Lampeti, they performed in top cinema films such as the "Morning Awakening" of Michalis Kakogiannis, the "False Pound" of George Tzavellas and the "Girl in Black" of Michalis Kakogiannis.

He gradually developed a reputation as "the best actor of his generation," performing many classics such as "Diary of a Madman", "Richard III", "Dom Juan", "Enrico IV".

In 1958 he shot a huge cinema score of his, the film "Life is only one" of George Tzavellas. In 1960 he shot the film "One for the thief" of Dimitris Ioannopoulos and gets awarded with the 1st men's role prize in the Thessaloniki Cinema Festival.

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In 1961 he gets awarded with the 1st men's role prize in the Thessaloniki Cinema Festival for a second time with the film "Woe Young People".

In 1967 he got married with Anna Goulandri, of the famous business family, until her death in 1988. Together, they founded the "Goulandri - Horn Foundation" which studies Greek civilization.

He was honored with the Medal of the Golden Cross of Georgios A' from the Greek State, and in 2000 the Greek Stated established, in his memory, the Horn Prize, for the best new actors each year.

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