telly savalas

HOLLYWOOD- Sir Edwin Fluffer once again delves into his personal memoirs – soon to be published as ‘Not THAT Kind of Fluffer!!!’ – to recall Messrs. Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner.

It was one of those moments when you wish the ground would swallow you up. I’d just committed one of Hollywood’s cardinal sins: I’d managed to get Telly Savalas confused with Yul Brynner. Or was it Yul Brynner with Telly Savalas? Even now, all these years later, my heart sinks to the pit of my stomach and my hands start to shake; but that may be something to do with the medication I’ve been prescribed for my arthritis. 

What was it that made these two fine actors so hard to tell apart? Was it their eyes? No, Telly’s were a deep dark brown, Yul’s eyes were of the most piercing blue.

Was it their ears? No. Telly’s were battered like a heavyweight boxer, whereas Yul Brynner’s ears were like a pair of delicate conch shells. 
Then it hit me: Their teeth! Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner looked so alike because they had identical teeth! Many years later, none other than Shirley Maclaine let it slip that for a while these two gnarled veterans of the big screen had actually shared the same dentist; so that’s why they looked so alike! I actually overheard her telling this to Anthony Perkins at a gala dinner in aid of Telly and Yul’s barber who’d fallen on hard times, since both stars were now completely bald.
I had to ask Tony three times to please pass me the salt, but that’s another story…
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