Biography: Michael Cacoyannis was born Michalis Kakoyiannis on June 11, 1921 in Limassol, Cyprus. He produced Greek-language programs for the BBC World Service during World War II. He studied at the Old Vic school.
Film/TV Credits: Producing credits include: "Our Last Spring," "Zorba the Greek," "The Trojan Women," and "The Cherry Orchard." Writing credits include: "Windfall in Athens," "The Day the Fish Came Out," "Iphigenia," and "The Cherry Orchard." Directing credits include: "Stella," "A Girl in Black," "The Story of Jacob and Joseph," and "The Cherry Orchard."
Other Awards: Won Best Cinematic Transposition and the Technical Grand Prize for "Ilektra" in 1962 at the Cannes Film Festival.
Trivia: He translated Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Hamlet into Greek, and he translated Euripides' The Bacchae into English.