Costas Papanastasiou


November 30, 2021

Konstantinos "Kostas" Papanastasiou (Greek Κώστας Παπαναστασίου; born February 8, 1937 in Karditsa, Greece; † November 21, 2021) was a Greek actor, singer, poet and restaurateur.

Life and career

He was best known on German television for the role of the Greek host Panaiotis Sarikakis, which he embodied in the series Lindenstrasse, regularly from 1985 to 1996, then in occasional guest appearances until 2012. Papanastasiou studied architecture in Berlin and took acting lessons. In addition to acting, he devoted himself to the dissemination of Greek songs - inter alia. with songs by Mikis Theodorakis and Georges Moustaki. He published his own compositions and gave concerts on a regular basis. In Berlin, he has been running the Greek restaurant Terzo Mondo on Grolmanstrasse (between Savignyplatz and Kurfürstendamm) since 1972, where Greek food is served and concerts are held. It became a meeting place for the left wing scene in West Berlin. In addition to the role in Lindenstrasse, Kostas Papanastasiou's best-known film works were made under the direction of Bernhard Wicki: 1977 The Conquest of the Citadel and 1989 The Spider Web. In the 2004 feature film Shots, he was seen in a completely different role, namely as a vagabond. From July 2010 he appeared in the musical Inselkomödie in the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm (Berliner Ensemble). For many years he provided humanitarian aid to Georgia. On November 20, 2011, Papanastasiou gave a concert in the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic on the occasion of his 55-year stay in Berlin. On October 4, 2012, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his social commitment. Papaastasiou interfered in the discussion about the Greek sovereign debt crisis and criticized an "anti-Greek mood" in Germany, but still presented himself as a convinced European. In the year In 2017 he handed over his well-known tavern "Terzo Mondo" to his son Marc-Alexej, who has been running it ever since and, as he himself says, "is careful to deal with this history and tradition, to make it accessible to a new generation , but also to dust off the terzo and to transport it into the present ". Kostas Papanastasiou died in November 2021 at the age of 84 from kidney failure.

Filmography (selection)

1977: The capture of the citadel 1979: Milo Milo 1983: System without a shadow 1985–1996, 1999–2001, 2010, 2012: Lindenstrasse (TV series, 160 episodes) 1986: Morena 1988: Liebling Kreuzberg (TV series, episode Honorary Court) 1989: Crime Scene: Blood Trail (TV movie) 1989: the spider web 1990: Adventure Airport (TV series, episode The Last Flight) 1993: Pact with Death (TV movie) 1995: Kidnapping from Lindenstrasse (TV movie) 1999: Tanja (TV series, episode Journey to the Sun) 2001: St. Angela (TV series, episode You're Not Alone) 2004: shots 2004: The holiday doctor ... in Corfu (TV film) 2011: Shots 1.2 2014: Il giovane favoloso


2012: Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany


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