He studied in Konstantinos Demopoulos' school of drama and first appeared as a professional actor in Georgios Zervoulakos' film Oi stigmatismenoi in 1966. He participated in the theatrical play Capetan Michalis next to respected actor Manos Katrakis.
During his long cinematic career, he appeared in close to 100 films, television series and plays. He was a regular in Theodoros Angelopoulos films since he was one of the director's favorite actors.
He was fluent in five languages; Greek, Turkish, French, Italian and Spanish.He appeared in many international productions, including Midnight Express, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Munich and more. He worked with great actors like Anthony Quinn, John Hurt, Nicholas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Christian Bale, Eric Bana and Daniel Craig.
He also played in the film A Touch of Spice (Politiki kouzina ) ] by Tassos Boulmetis,and n the European co-production Le Dernier Seigneur des Balkans.