Last month saw the passing of the highly acclaimed Greek actor, Giannis Voglis, aged 79, on 2oth April. His death followed an illness, which he had been battling for quite some time. Sources suggest that Voglis underwent numerous surgical procedures, all of which were carried out over a brief period of only 10 weeks. During his last days, he spent a considerable amount of time hospitalized, surviving with the aid of a ventilator, being unable to breathe on his own, until his body eventually succumbed to the disease.
Born in Athens in 1937, Giannis Voglis, became a celebrated member of the theater industry in Greece. It was there, in his hometown, that he attended the drama school known as Pelan Katseli and went on to pursue a career in acting. His success began at a young age, gaining his first role at the age of 23 in a theater production, "The rise of Artouro." Voglis' career progressed from that point on leading to his first big screen role in the movie, "The Proud Ones." After that, he gained popularity as an actor through other roles on the big screen and was able to work alongside great actors of his time.
Although Voglis shot to fame through several popular movie roles, he did, however, spend most of his time in the theater. He had a great love for the theater and also worked as an executive, assisting various theatrical groups and organizations with productions. His passion for the theater continued throughout his lifetime with Voglis making a remarkable contribution to art in the Greek community. He founded the Art Foundation "Anatoli" which proved to be successful in Greece. His theater productions were accepted by the local audiences in Greece. The shows grew in popularity eventually extending beyond the borders of his home country into Cyprus and even as far as Canada. After many years in the theater, Voglis gained valuable experience which proved to be useful at later stages of his life. He had the opportunity to make use of his talent and expertise also to work as an art manager in the theater industry for many years.
Over the decades, his career reflected the talent he possessed for the drama industry, and could be seen in his movie roles, theatrical productions and his contributions to the theater.
Some of his works include "Captain Michalis" and "My Dear grandfather. His productions, "Alexis Zorbis" and "Greece – Ritsos Long Way" were also great achievements of his theatrical career.
He spent a period of 5 years in Cyprus, from 2000 to 2005, where he was employed as an art manager at the Theater Development of Limassol (ETHAL) and later at "Skala" theater in the port city of Larnaca in the south of Cyprus. Working with these two theater companies led to his selection once again as an art manager to work for Patras' Municipal and Regional theater (DIPETHE) .