Μίκης Θεοδωράκης (Mikis Theodorakis) (b. 29th July 1925) is one of the most important Greek music composers of the 20th century. He was born on the island of Chios in Greece, and spent his childhood years in different provincial Greek cities such as Mytilene, Cephallonia, Pyrgos, Patras, and Tripolis. His father came from Crete and his mother from Asia Minor. He has received several offers to serve as President of Greece, but has refused them. He is known internationally for his scores for the Hollywood films, Zorba the Greek (1964) and Serpico (1973).