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Best known for his role as Kazim in the 1989 movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Kevork Malikyan also portrayed Max in a 1970s and 1980s British comedy series called Mind Your Language.
Kevork Malikyan's early acting credits include the English thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself and the 1978 movie Midnight Express.
Malikyan graduated from the Surp Haç Armenian High School in Istanbul, then moved to London in 1963 for acting education. At the drama school Rose Bruford College, he received diplomas for acting and teaching. He now lives in Istanbul, where he also works as a teacher.
Malikyan made his first television appearance in an episode of the British Historical drama The Portrait of a Lady in 1968 playing the role of ‘servant’. Though out the last years of the 1960s Malikyan made other numerous television appearances including Doctor Who, The Saint, and The Avengers. Malikyan got his big break in the British film The Man Who Haunted Himself in 1970, starring Roger Moore, in which Malikyan played Luigi the butler of the Pelham family. Roger Moore went on to say of the film that it was his favourite role, “It was a film I actually got to act in.” In 1977 Malikyan embarked on his most notable role on British television, in the ITV sitcom Mind Your Language, which was about an Adult education centre and followed the story to the ‘English as a foreign language’ class. In the series Malikyan played Maximilian (Max) Papandrious, a Greek shipping worker from Athens. The show was very successful and at its height attacked 18 million viewers, Malikyan appeared in 29 episodes from 1977 to the series conclusion in 1979. Although the series was briefly revived in 1986 he did not make any appearances in it. Malikyans next big film role came in the 1978 with the prison film Midnight Express, in which he played the part of The Prosecutor. The film was directed by Alan Parker and starred Brad Davis, Irene Miracle and Bo Hopkins. The film was very popular and went on to win two Academy Awards. His performance did not go unnoticed, one director who especially noticed him was Steven Spielberg. Malikan tried to audition for the part of Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but was prevented from doing so by heavy traffic. In 1988 Spielberg cast Malikyan in the third in the Indiana Jones Series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in which he played Kazim, the leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, an organization that protects the Holy Grail. Throughout the 1990s Malikyan appeared in various television programs including the sitcom Birds of a Feather, and The Final Cut. In 2002 he featured alongside Steven Seagal in the American Action film, Belly of the Beast but the film was not well reserved by the critics. Two years later Malikyan appeared in the 2004 re-make of the 1965 film of the same name, Flight of the Phoenix in which he played Rady. The film reserved mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box-office. During his career, Malikyan has performed in a number of Shakespeare play including Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in 2010. Malikyan also played in a number of roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company production, Arabian Nights (December 2009 – January 2010), at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Malikyan appeared as Inspector Durmaz in the 2012 action-thriller film Taken 2, which was a sequel of the highly successful 2008 film. Two years later Malikyan appeared in the epic biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings in which he played Jethro. The film was based on the Book of Exodus and was directed by Ridley Scott. The same year he starred alongside Tahar Rahim and Simon Abkarian in the internationally co-produced drama film The Cut. In 2016 Malikyan featured in the historical drama The Promise which was set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.
Kevork Malikyan grew up in Diyarbakir and Istanbul, Turkey, and later received his acting training at Rose Bruford College in London, England.
Currently, Kevork Malikyan is 78 years, 11 months and 21 days old. Kevork Malikyan will celebrate 79th birthday on a Thursday 2nd of June 2022. Below we countdown to Kevork Malikyan upcoming birthday.