George Chakiris (born September 16, 1934) is an American dancer and actor. He is best known for his appearance in the film version of West Side Story as Bernardo, for which he won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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- My personal way to be a hero... is to be a vegetarian.
- At the pre-show of the musical Loving the Silent Tears, as quoted in "That Musical About Veganism Starring Jon Secada and Based on the Poetry of Supreme Master Ching Hai, Explained", LA Weekly (October 30, 2012).
- ‘Be vegan’ and ‘make peace’ are fantastic four words to think about in daily life and in everything we do. Being vegan means to me that we not only eat healthy foods, but we have respect for all life on the planet. And that’s important. And ‘make peace,’ that’s important as well. Peace really has to start with us, individually. And then hopefully it will spread, and we emit that, so to speak, in our behavior in general and the things we do, whether it is private or work.