Raúl Juliá

9 Mar 1940 - 24 Oct 1994


Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was an actor of Puerto Rican origin. His film career peaked in the US in the early 1990's.

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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Filmography (28 titles)

(movie, 1995)
···Down Came a Blackbird
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Tomas Ramirez)
(movie, 1994)
···Street Fighter
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as General M. Bison)
(movie, 1994)
···The Burning Season
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Chico Mendes)
(movie, 1993)
···Addams Family Values
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Gomez Addams)
(movie, 1991)
···The Addams Family
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Gomez Addams)
(movie, 1990)
···The Rookie
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Strom)
(movie, 1990)
···Frankenstein Unbound
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Victor Frankenstein)
(movie, 1990)
···Presumed Innocent
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sandy Stern)
(movie, 1989)
···Mack the Knife
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Crime
Role: Actor (as MacHeath)
(movie, 1989)
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Archbishop Oscar Romero)
(movie, 1988)
···Tequila Sunrise
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Carlos · Comandante Xavier Escalante)
(movie, 1988)
···Moon Over Parador
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Roberto Strausmann)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Aristotle Onassis)
(movie, 1988)
···Tango Bar
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical
Role: Actor (as Ricardo)
(movie, 1988)
···The Penitent
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ramon Guerola)
(movie, 1988)
···Trading Hearts
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Vinnie Iacona)
(movie, 1987)
···Florida Straits
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Role: Actor (as Carlos Jayne)
(movie, 1987)
···Tango Bar
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ricardo)
(movie, 1986)
···The Morning After
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joaquin Manero)
(movie, 1985)
···Kiss of the Spider Woman
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Valentin Arregui)
(movie, 1985)
···Compromising Positions
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as David Suarez)
(mini-series, 1985)
···Mussolini: The Untold Story
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Count Galeazzo Ciano)
(movie, 1982)
···The Escape Artist
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Stu Quiñones)
(movie, 1982)
···One from the Heart
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ray)
(movie, 1978)
···Los ojos de Laura Mars
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Michael Reisler (also as R.J.))
(movie, 1975)
···Death Scream
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Detective Nick Rodriguez)
(movie, 1971)
···The Organization
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Juan Mendoza)
(movie, 1971)
···The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marco)