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Raúl Juliá

Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor. His film career peaked in the US in the early 1990s. Born in San Juan, he gained interest in acting while still in school. Upon completing his studies, Juliá decided to pursue a career in acting. After performing in the local scene for some time, he was convinced by entertainment personality Orson Bean to move and work in New York City. Juliá, who had been bilingual since his childhood, soon gained interest in Broadway and "Off Broadway" plays. He performed in mobile projects, including the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Juliá was eventually noticed by Joseph Papp, who offered him work in the New York Shakespeare Festival. After gaining notoriety, he received roles in two television series, Love of Life and Sesame Street. For his performance in Two Gentlemen of Verona, he received a nomination for the Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award. Between 1974 and 1982, Juliá received Tony Award nominations for Where's Charley?, The Threepenny Opera and Nine. During the 1980s, he worked in several films, receiving nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, for his performance in Tempest, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, winning the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for the latter. In 1991 and 1993, Juliá portrayed "Gomez Addams" in two film adaptations of The Addams Family. In 1994, he filmed The Burning Season and a film adaptation of the Street Fighter video games. Later that year, Juliá suffered several health afflictions, eventually dying after suffering a stroke. His funeral was held in Puerto Rico, being attended by thousands. For his work in The Burning Season, Juliá won a posthumous Golden Globe and Emmy Award.

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Mar 9, 1940 In San Juan, Puerto Rico
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie Babenco: Tell Me When I Die 2020-11-26
Known For
Poster of Street Fighter
Poster of The Addams Family
Poster of Tequila Sunrise
Poster of Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me
Movie Babenco: Tell Me When I Die Self (archive footage) 2020-11-26
Movie Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage Archive Footage 2019-09-13
Movie Tangled Web: Making Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Arregui/Himself 2008-06-25
Movie Down Came a Blackbird Tomas Ramirez 1995-10-22
Movie The Burning Season Chico Mendes 1994-09-17
Movie Street Fighter General M. Bison 1994-12-23
Movie Addams Family Values Gomez Addams 1993-11-19
Movie The Plague Cottard 1992-08-26
Movie The Addams Family Gomez Addams 1991-11-22
Movie The Rookie Strom 1990-01-18
Movie Presumed Innocent Sandy Stern 1990-07-26
Movie Havana Arturo Duran (uncredited) 1990-12-11
Movie Frankenstein Unbound Dr. Victor Frankenstein 1990-11-02
Movie Romero Archbishop Oscar Romero 1989-08-25
Movie Mack the Knife MacHeath 1989-11-01
Movie Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Aristotle Onassis 1988-05-01
Movie Trading Hearts Vinnie Iacona 1988-05-27
Movie Moon Over Parador Roberto Strausmann 1988-09-09
Movie The Penitent Ramon Guerola 1988-05-27
Movie Tequila Sunrise Carlos / Comandante Xavier Escalante 1988-12-02
Movie Tango Bar Ricardo Padín 1987-04-23
Movie The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 1987-11-11
Movie La gran fiesta Adolfo 1986-10-22
Movie The Morning After Joaquin "Jackie" Manero 1986-12-25
Movie Florida Straits Carlos Jayne 1986-10-26
Movie Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Arregui 1985-07-26
Series Mussolini: The Untold Story Count Galeazzo Ciano 1985-11-24
Movie Compromising Positions David Suarez 1985-08-30
Movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank Aram Fingal / Rick Blaine 1984-09-22
Movie One from the Heart Ray 1982-02-11
Movie The Making of 'One from the Heart' Himself 1982-08-14
Movie The Escape Artist Stu Quiñones 1982-05-04
Movie Tempest Kalibanos 1982-08-13
Movie Kiss Me, Petruchio Petruchio 1981-01-07
Movie Life of Sin Paulo 1979-01-01
Movie Eyes of Laura Mars Michael Reisler 1978-08-02
Movie The Gumball Rally Franco 1976-07-28
Movie Death Scream Detective Nick Rodriguez 1975-09-26
Movie King Lear Edmund 1974-02-20
Series The Bob Newhart Show Unknown 1972-09-16
Series Great Performances Edmund 1971-01-28
Movie The Panic in Needle Park Marco 1971-06-01
Movie The Organization Juan Mendoza 1971-10-20
Movie Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me Juan Carlos Rosenbloom 1971-09-15
Movie Stiletto Party Guest (Uncredited) 1969-07-30
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18