Julio Medina

Julio Medina Salazar (born 16 January 1933) is a retired Colombian actor. He is notable for his debut work in Gunsmoke and for his award-winning role in Las aguas mansas. For nearly thirty years, Median worked and lived in Los Angeles until moving to Colombia since then has based his acting works there.

Julio Medina
Julio Medina Salazar

(1933-01-16) 16 January 1933 (age 89)
Alma materPasadena Playhouse
Years active1966 – 2016

In his Hollywood career he has appeared in numerous television roles ranging from I Dream of Jeannie to The Partridge Family. He is considered to be the first Colombian actor to have a successful Hollywood career in the United States.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Medina was born in Chiquinquirá, Colombia in 1933.[2] He studied at Pontifical Xavierian University and later at the Pasadena Playhouse after moving to the United States in 1954. He was enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for two years.[3]


In 1965, he moved to Peru to make small movies, but moved to the United States afterwards. He made his acting debut in the television series Gunsmoke. In his Hollywood career he has worked alongside Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, David Carradine and Sally Field.[4]

In his career in the United States, Medina has appeared in I Dream of Jeannie, The Partridge Family, Gunsmoke, Kung Fu, The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, Dallas and in Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.[5]

In 1984, Medina returned to Colombia where he continued to make movies and telenovelas.[6] In Colombia, he is known for his roles in Cascabel (1985), Las Aguas Mansas (1994), La viuda de Blanco (1996) and in El pasado no perdona (2005).

He appeared in the 2016 comedy film Malcriados as Omar until retiring shortly afterwards.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In a 2017 interview, Medina stated he lives on his own in solitude in rural Colombia and while asked about his bachelorhood and rumors about him being a homosexual, he said: "I've had friends, very beautiful friends, but marriage?!, Not even for the devil".[6]

Partial filmographyEdit

In the United States:[4]


  1. ^ "Esta es la historia de Julio Medina, primer actor colombiano en Hollywood". Canal1. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Actor Julio Medina". Tornado Movies. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. ^ ColArte el arte en Colombia. "Julio Medina". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Con fotografías, Julio Medina muestra el pasado desde su pasión". El Tiempo. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Julio Medina, el feliz actor que vive en un hogar geriátrico". Caracol TV. June 25, 2017. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Julio Medina, primer actor colombiano con éxito en Hollywood, vive en un geriátrico". Pulzo. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Julio Medina, un jubilado feliz". Las2Orillas. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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