• Greece's tireless king of slapstick comedy dies at 66

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Stathis Psaltis, the gaunt, hyperactive Greek actor who gained a large following starring in dozens of low-budget comedy movies, has died in an Athens hospital. He was 66.

    A statement from the state-run Agios Savvas hospital said Psaltis died Friday after being hospitalized five weeks ago for cancer treatment.

    Psaltis churned out as many as four movies a year at the peak of his career in the mid-1980s, when the quality of Greece's film industry was in decline.

    Fellow actors praised him Friday as a generous and talented colleague, whose standout performances in the theater and cinema never reached a wider audience.

    He is survived by his wife, Christina, and daughter, Maria. He is scheduled to be buried in Athens on Monday.

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