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Popular Greek comedian Harry Klynn dies at age 78

By The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st, 2018 @ 11:43am


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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek comedian Harry Klynn, who for decades poked fun at his countrymen and their political leaders, has died at age 78 in his native city of Thessaloniki.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed condolences for Klynn's family after the comedian's death Monday.

Klynn, whose real name was Vassilis Triantafyllidis, was enormously popular during the 1980s and 1990s, when Greece was struggling to adjust to its new membership in a united Europe.

Born into a poor immigrant family in 1940, he studied acting before turning to stand-up comedy. His sketches produced material for a dozen albums and cassettes and their sales rivaled those of Greek music idols.

He spent 10 years living in the United States and Canada.

Klynn was badly affected by the 2016 death of the eldest of his three children, filmmaker Nicholas Triantafyllidis.

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