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.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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