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Manuel Padilla Jr.

In the 1960s, Padilla was a popular child actor, usually playing the Mexican or Indian boy in TV westerns such as "Rawhide," "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke". He was a regular in the 1960s TV series "Tarzan", with actor Ron Ely, in dozens of episodes as native boy 'Jai', and as also a semi-regular in the TV series, "The Flying Nun", with actress Sally Field. In featured films, as an adult, Padilla made appearances in the films, "The Great White Hope", "American Graffiti", "A Man Called Horse", and "Scarface", among others. Padilla died unexpectedly at age 52, just after making a public appearance at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, in January 2008.

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May 13, 1956 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Dime with a Halo 1963-05-01
Latest Project:
Movie Scarface 1983-12-09
Known For
Poster of American Graffiti
Poster of Cutter's Trail
Poster of Tarzan
Poster of Sylvia
Movie Scarface Kid #2 1983-12-09
Movie American Graffiti Carlos 1973-08-01
Movie Cutter's Trail Paco Avila 1970-02-10
Movie A Man Called Horse Leaping Buck 1970-05-01
Movie Tarzan's Deadly Silence Jai 1970-07-03
Movie The Great White Hope Paco 1970-10-11
Movie Tarzan and the Great River Pepe 1967-09-01
Movie Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion Jai 1967-09-06
Movie Tarzan and the Valley of Gold Ramel 1966-07-01
Series Tarzan Jai 1966-09-08
Movie Sylvia Pancho (uncredited) 1965-02-10
Movie Dime with a Halo Rafael 1963-05-01
Movie The Young and the Brave Han 1963-08-01