West Side Story Cast (1961)

by TheDeadGodfather | created - 11 Feb 2014 | updated - 03 Apr 2014 | Public

Bios from the Cast of West Side Story!!!

October 18, 1961

152 min

1. Natalie Wood

Actress | West Side Story

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the ...

Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko July 20, 1938 "Cancer/Tiger" in San Francisco, California - November 29, 1981 (age 43) in Santa Catalina Island, California (drowning and other undetermined factors) ~ 5'0"

Maria = Chino's girl/Tony's girl

2. Richard Beymer

Actor | West Side Story

Born in Avoca, Iowa and moved with his parents to Hollywood, California in the late 1940s, Richard Beymer acted in various films while attending North Hollywood High School. He enjoys making his own films and has a film used in a PBS series on the civil rights movement.

George Richard Beymer Jr. February 21, 1939 "Pisces/Rabbit" in Avoca, Iowa ~ 6'2"

Tony = Jets

3. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few performers (and the very first) to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) ...

Rosita Dolores Alverio December 11, 1931 "Sagittarius/Goat" in Humacao, Puerto Rico ~ 5'2½"

Anita = Bernardo's girl

4. Russ Tamblyn

Actor | West Side Story

Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet "till his last dying day." Indelibly linked to the "womb to tomb" role of Riff, the knife-wielding, rocket-tempered, Edward Villella-styled gang leader of the streetwise Jets in the musical film masterpiece West Side Story (1961), it's not a bad...

Russell Irving Tamblyn December 30, 1934 "Capricorn/Dog" in Los Angeles, California ~ 5'9"

Riff = Jets

5. George Chakiris

Actor | West Side Story

George Chakiris made his film debut at the age of 12 singing in the chorus of Song of Love (1947). Following his graduation from high school, he supported his night-time dancing, singing and dramatic lessons with a daytime job clerking in a Los Angeles department store. Later he started his acting/...

September 16, 1934 "Virgo/Dog" in Norwood, Ohio ~ 5'11"

Bernardo = Sharks

6. Simon Oakland

Actor | Psycho

One of the movies' most memorable tough guys, Simon Oakland actually began his career as a concert violinist, turning to acting in the late 1940s. After a long string of roles in Broadway hits, including "Light Up the Sky," "The Shrike" and "Inherit the Wind," Oakland made his film debut as the ...

August 28, 1915 "Virgo/Rabbit" in New York City - August 29, 1983 (age 68) in Cathedral City, California (cancer) ~ 6'0"

Lt. Schrank

7. Ned Glass

Actor | West Side Story

Veteran Polish-born character actor Ned Glass grew up in New York, and, after vaudeville experience, started acting in small parts on Broadway from the early 1930's. He gained further experience in the capacity of theatrical production supervisor, before entering motion pictures in 1937 as an MGM ...

April 1, 1906 "Aries/Horse" in Poland - June 15, 1984 (age 78) in Encino, California

Doc

8. William Bramley

Actor | West Side Story

William Bramley was born on April 18, 1928 in Runnemede, New Jersey, USA as Bramley Hill Billipp. He was an actor, known for West Side Story (1961), Star Trek (1966) and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968). He was married to Annie C Hanks. He died on October 27, 1985 in Los Angeles County, ...

April 18, 1928 "Aries/Dragon" in Runnemede, New Jersey - October 27, 1985 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California ~ 6'2½"

Officer Krupke

9. Tucker Smith

Actor | West Side Story

Tucker Smith was born on April 24, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Thomas William Smith. He was an actor, known for West Side Story (1961), At Long Last Love (1975) and To Be or Not to Be (1983). He died on December 22, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Thomas William Smith April 24, 1936 "Taurus/Rat" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - December 22, 1988 (age 52) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (throat cancer) ~ 6'1"

Ice = Jets

10. Tony Mordente

Actor | West Side Story

Tony Mordente was born on December 3, 1935 in New York City, New York, USA as Anthony C. Mordente. He is a director and producer, known for West Side Story (1961), Quincy M.E. (1976) and 7th Heaven (1996). He has been married to Jean G Fraser since December 30, 1978. They have one child. He was ...

Anthony C. Mordente December 3, 1935 "Sagittarius/Pig" in New York City ~ 5'5"

Action = Jets

11. David Winters

Actor | West Side Story

Born David Weizer in London, England, as a child and teenager David Winters acted in many television shows and Broadway productions, including the initial line-up of the stage production of the musical "West Side Story", playing the role of Baby John.

In 1961, he appeared as A-Rab in the movie ...

David Weizer April 5, 1939 "Aries/Rabbit" in London, England

A-rab = Jets

12. Eliot Feld

Actor | West Side Story

Eliot Feld was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied dance at the School of American Ballet, New Dance Group, High School of Performing Arts, and with Richard Thomas. At age eleven he danced with the New York City Ballet as the "Child Prince" in Balanchine's original production of The Nutcracker ...

July 5, 1942 "Cancer/Horse" in Brooklyn, New York

Baby John = Jets

13. Jose De Vega

Actor | West Side Story

Jose De Vega was born on January 4, 1934 in San Diego, California, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for West Side Story (1961), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and Island of the Lost (1967). He died on April 8, 1990 in Westwood, California.

January 4, 1934 "Capricorn/Dog" in San Diego, California - April 8, 1990 (age 56) in Westwood, California (AIDS)

Chino = Sharks

14. Bert Michaels

Actor | West Side Story

Bert Michaels was born on December 22, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for West Side Story (1961), Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Enchanted (2007).

December 22, 1943 "Capricorn/Goat" in New York City

Snowboy = Jets

Tiger = Jets

16. Robert Banas

Actor | West Side Story

Robert Banas was born on September 22, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on West Side Story (1961), Always (1989) and Daddy-O (1958).

September 22, 1933 "Virgo/Rooster" in New York City

Joyboy = Jets

17. Anthony 'Scooter' Teague

Actor | How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Scooter attended Jacksboro High School from 1953 to 1955. He always wanted to be in entertainment. He got the role Big Deal in West Side Story (1961) and has been in several other films as well including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) and received a role in the Elvis ...

Edwin Ardell Teague January 4, 1940 "Capricorn/Dragon" in Jacksboro, Texas - June 2, 1989 (age 49) in Ashland, Oregon (cancer) ~ 6'2"

Big Deal = Jets

18. Harvey Evans

Actor | West Side Story

Harvey Evans was born on January 7, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Harvey Hohnecker. He is an actor, known for West Side Story (1961), Enchanted (2007) and Ravagers (1979).

Harvey Hohnecker January 7, 1941 "Capricorn/Snake" in Cincinnati, Ohio

Mouthpiece = Jets

19. Tommy Abbott

Actor | West Side Story

Tommy Abbott was born on November 4, 1934 in Waco, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on West Side Story (1961), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and That's Dancing! (1985). He died on April 8, 1987 in New York City, New York, USA.

November 4, 1934 "Scorpio/Dog" in Waco, Texas - April 8, 1987 (age 52) in New York City

Gee-Tar = Jets

20. Jay Norman

Actor | West Side Story

Jay Norman is an actor, known for West Side Story (1961) and King of the Gypsies (1978).

Pepe = Sharks

21. Gus Trikonis

Actor | West Side Story

Gus Trikonis was a very efficient and underrated director of delightfully down'n'dirty '70s drive-in low-budget exploitation fare. Born on November 21, 1937, in New York City, Trikonis began his show business career as both an actor and a dancer in Broadway plays and movies. His most popular film ...

November 21, 1937 "Scorpio/Ox" in New York City

Indio = Sharks

22. Eddie Verso

Actor | West Side Story

Eddie Verso is an actor, known for West Side Story (1961) and Theater Talk (1996).

Juano = Sharks

23. Jaime Rogers

Actor | West Side Story

Jaime Rogers was born as Jaime Juan Rogers. He is known for his work on West Side Story (1961), Mary's Incredible Dream (1976) and Fame (1982).

Loco = Sharks

24. Larry Roquemore

Actor | West Side Story

Larry Roquemore was born on March 29, 1938 in New York, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for West Side Story (1961). He was married to Betty. He died on October 25, 2016 in Kerrville, Texas, USA.

March 29, 1938 "Aries/Tiger" in New York City

Rocco = Sharks

25. Robert E. Thompson

Writer | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Robert E. Thompson was born on November 3, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), West Side Story (1961) and Mission: Impossible (1966). He was married to Joanna. He died on February 11, 2004 in Santa Monica, California.

November 3, 1924 "Scorpio/Rat" in Los Angeles, California - February 11, 2004 (age 79) in Santa Monica, California (pneumonia)

Luis = Sharks

26. Nick Navarro

Actor | West Side Story

Nick Navarro is known for his work on West Side Story (1961), Delusion (1991) and Kandyland (1988).

Nick Covacevich

Toro = Sharks

27. Rudy Del Campo

Actor | West Side Story

Rudy Del Campo was born on April 21, 1927 as Rodolfo Martin Del Campo. He was an actor, known for West Side Story (1961). He died on August 28, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Rodolfo Martin Del Campo April 21, 1927 "Taurus/Rabbit" - August 28, 2003 (age 76) in Los Angeles, California

Del Campo = Sharks

28. Andre Tayir

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Andre Tayir was born on September 16, 1935 in Ariton, Alabama, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), West Side Story (1961) and Good Times (1967). He died on November 5, 2003 in the USA.

Died: November 5, 2003

Chile = Sharks

29. John Astin

Actor | The Frighteners

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964), John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and ...

John Allen Astin March 30, 1930 "Aries/Horse" in Baltimore, Maryland ~ 5'11"

Glad Hand

30. Susan Oakes

Actress | West Side Story

Susan Oakes was born on May 31, 1944 in the USA. She is an actress, known for West Side Story (1961), Kraft Mystery Theater (1959) and The Lieutenant (1963).

May 31, 1944 "Gemini/Monkey"

Anybodys

31. Gina Trikonis

Actress | West Side Story

Gina Trikonis was born on January 2, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA. She is known for her work on West Side Story (1961), 13 Frightened Girls (1963) and The Farmer's Daughter (1963).

January 2, 1939 "Capricorn/Rabbit" in New York City

Graziella = Riff's girl

32. Carole D'Andrea

Actress | West Side Story

Carole D'Andrea was born on August 28, 1937 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA as Carole Ann d'Andrea. She is an actress, known for West Side Story (1961) and That's Dancing! (1985). She was previously married to Robert Morse.

Velma = Ice's girl

33. Yvonne Wilder

Actress | West Side Story

Yvonne Wilder was born on September 21, 1937 in New York, New York, USA as Yvonne Othon. She is an actress, known for West Side Story (1961), Seems Like Old Times (1980) and Operation Petticoat (1977).

Yvonne Othon September 21, 1937 "Virgo/Ox"

Consuela = Pepe's girl

34. Suzie Kaye

Actress | West Side Story

Suzie Kaye was born on September 2, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA as Susan Helene Klein. She was an actress, known for West Side Story (1961), Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966) and Clambake (1967). She died on March 5, 2008 in Delray Beach, Florida, USA.

Susan Helene Klein September 2, 1941 "Virgo/Snake" in New York City - 2008 (age 66)

Rosalia = Indio's girl

35. Joanne Miya

Actress | West Side Story

Joanne Miya is an actress and composer, known for West Side Story (1961), Arrest and Trial (1963) and Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966).

Francisca = Rocco's girl

36. Maria Henley

Assistant_director | Teddy Bears' Picnic

Maria Henley was born as Maria Jimenez Henley. She is known for her work on Teddy Bears' Picnic (2001), Saved by the Bell (1989) and Wings (1990).

Teresita = Juano's girl

37. Jerome Robbins

Writer | West Side Story

Jerome Robbins was born on October 11, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Jerome Rabinowitz. He is known for his work on West Side Story (1961), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Producers' Showcase (1954). He died on July 29, 1998 in New York City.

Jerome Rabinowitz October 11, 1918 "Libra/Horse" in New York City - July 29, 1998 (age 79) in New York City (stroke)

Director, Choreographer, Writer

38. Robert Wise

Director | West Side Story

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...

Robert Earl Wise September 10, 1914 "Virgo/Tiger" in Winchester, Indiana - September 14, 2005 (age 91) in Los Angeles, California (heart failure) ~ 5'10"

Director

39. Ernest Lehman

Writer | North by Northwest

One of the most critically and commercially successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Lehman grew up on Long Island, graduated from NY's City College. One of his first jobs was as a copywriter for a Broadway publicist. This experience would later be reflected in his novel and screenplay, "...

Ernest Paul Lehman December 8, 1915 "Sagittarius/Rabbit" in New York City - July 2, 2005 (age 89) in Los Angeles, California (heart attack following pneumonia)

Writer = Screenplay

40. Arthur Laurents

Writer | Rope

Arthur Laurents was born on July 14, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Arthur Levine. He was a writer, known for Rope (1948), The Turning Point (1977) and West Side Story (1961). He died on May 5, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City.

Arthur Levine July 14, 1918 "Cancer/Horse" in Brooklyn, New York - May 5, 2011 (age 92) in New York City (complications of pneumonia)

Writer = Book

41. Stephen Sondheim

Soundtrack | Dick Tracy

Sondheim's work as a composer-lyricist over the past four decades has set the standard for modern American musical theater. He has won a record seven Tony Awards for his songwriting, and received a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park with George. Sondheim was an unpaid and uncredited clapper boy ...

Stephen Joshua Sondheim March 22, 1930 "Aries/Horse" in New York City

Lyricist

42. Leonard Bernstein

Soundtrack | New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, ...

Louis Bernstein August 25, 1918 "Virgo/Horse" in Lawrence, Massachusetts - October 14, 1990 (age 72) in New York City (heart attack)

Composer



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