Know Thyself: Chris Diamantopoulos – Actor, Endless Romantic, Funny Guy


This Toronto native has played Frank Sinatra and the President’s Chief of Staff but no role suits him better than that of Moe Howard in the film Three Stooges film. After years of being a “working actor” in New York City with a bit of Broadway and television commercial, Diamantopoulos got his big break on the hit series 24. Not to outdo his acting career—but definitely something out of a film role—he met the love of his life Rebecca—on a subway in New York. Here’s some more detail into the fascinating life of Chris Diamantopoulos.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My family is healthy, and so am I. And, I have a gigs lined up for the next sixty years.

What is your greatest fear?
I fear life without hope.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching reruns of Seinfeld.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Alexander the Great. He was impatient and wanted to conquer the world.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?
Tom Ford luggage.

What is your favorite journey?
Walking through the tunnel in the Times Square subway station where I met my wife.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Did I get the job?

What is your greatest regret?
Never seeing Sinatra live.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Rebecca Diamantopoulos.

What single trait or characteristic about being Greek to you love the most?
Unbridled Passion.

When and where were you happiest?
Here and now.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I played the piano.

What is your greatest achievement?
My marriage.

What single trait or characteristic about being Greek to you despise the most?
Unbridled Passion

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I’d come back as me. I wouldn’t mind doing it all again. I’d do all of it the same…. but I’d lose the self-doubt.

What is your most treasured possession?
The watch my wife gave me as a wedding gift.

If you weren’t an actor you’d be a:
A guy dreaming about being an actor

The late Steve Jobs once said he’d give up all of his technology for an afternoon with Socrates. What would you give up for an afternoon and with whom?
I would give up all my Three Stooges memorabilia for an afternoon with Moe Howard.

What do you most value in your friends?
The ability to pick up where we left off. Whether its it’s been a week a month or a year.

Who are your favorite writers?
Howard Pyle, Ayn Rand, Ian Fleming, Malcom Gladwell

If you pressed “play” what band/singer is playing on your iPod right now?
Dean Martin

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
It’s a three way tie between Robin Hood, James Bond, and Spider-man.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother, my father, my wife, Tom Hanks, and Daniel Day Lewis.

What are your favorite names?
Demosthenes, Odysseus, Penelope, Sophia, Rebecca and Rex.

What is your motto?
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. – Theroux


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