George Kapiniaris

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George Kapiniaris
Born George Kapiniaris
Nationality Greek Australian

George Kapiniaris is a Greek Australian film, television, and stage actor and comedian.

Professional background[edit]

Theatre work[edit]

Kapiniaris with Simon Palomares shown at right in 2008

Kapiniaris appeared in the stage show Wogs Out of Work with Nick Giannopoulos, in the 1980s.[citation needed] In 2009, he appeared as Ricardo in Broken Hill, an inmate who played guitar in a jail band.[citation needed] With fellow comedians Joe Avati, Nish Selvadurai and Simon Palomares, he joined forces for a national tour Il Dago.[citation needed] In late 2012, he played in the Australian stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[citation needed]


In 1988, Kapiniaris joined the cast of the drama series The Flying Doctors as Demetris "D.J." Goannidis. He stayed on this role until 1994.[citation needed] During this time, he also starred in the Melbourne-based popular sitcom Acropolis Now with Giannopoulos, Simon Palomares and Mary Coustas.[citation needed] Since that show's cancellation, he has continued stand-up comedy and has produced a few stage performances, as well as emceeing events such as weddings.[citation needed] Some of his songs include a parody of Knockin' on Heaven's Door, called "Gnocchi on Heaven's Door".[citation needed]

In 2007, Kapiniaris starred in the television comedy series Kick on SBS as Takis Mavros.[citation needed] He also appeared in the same year on the television soap opera Neighbours, in a guest role as a celebrity chef.[citation needed] Kapiniaris appeared in the controversial 2008 mini series Underbelly,[1] where he played a real life character George Defteros. Also in 2008, Kapiniaris (and his Acropolis Now co-star Simon Palomares) made consecutive appearances on successful Channel 31 show, the Deakin TV produced TheatreGames LIVE.[citation needed]

Kapinaris has also had minor stints in Paul Fenech comedies, such as Pizza as an Albanian war criminal, Swift and Shift Couriers as a marriage celebrant and the 2011 comedy Housos in a minor role.[citation needed]

Kapiniaris has appeared in a series of comedic commercials for South Australian automotive repairer and insurance broker, the RAA, featuring Kapiniaris talking to a confidante; a barista named 'Trev' at a coffee shop. Kapiniaris created his own website based on the RAA ads. He also created a satirical Today Tonight segment entitled The Dummies, poking fun at politicians through the use of puppets.[citation needed]


In 2003, he had a role in the film Fat Pizza, playing the character of Ronnie McDoggle. In 2012, he had a minor role in Housos vs Authority, the screen version of the sitcom Housos.[citation needed]

He plays Uncle Taso in the hit Australian stage play which has turned into a big screen sensation, written by Alex Lykos, Alex & Eve 2015.


  1. ^ "First shots fired in Underbelly". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 

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