O Rei do Gado

O Rei do Gado (English: King of Cattle) is a Brazilian telenovela written by Benedito Ruy Barbosa and directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho that was produced and broadcast on Rede Globo, from 17 June 1996 to 15 February 1997, totaling 209 episodes and 130 in the original version of the SIC in Portugal.

O Rei do Gado
Created byBenedito Ruy Barbosa[1]
StarringAntônio Fagundes
Raul Cortez
Patrícia Pillar
Glória Pires
Sílvia Pfeifer
Fábio Assunção
Carlos Vereza
Walderez de Barros
Stênio Garcia
Bete Mendes
Lavínia Vlasak
Guilherme Fontes
Mariana Lima
Ana Rosa
Oscar Magrini
Jackson Antunes
Ana Beatriz Nogueira
Opening theme"Rei do Gado"
ComposerOrquestra Terra[1]
Country of originBrazil
Original languagePortuguese
No. of episodes209[1]
Running time60 minutes
Original networkRede Globo
Original release17 June 1996 (1996-06-17)[1] –
15 February 1997 (1997-02-15)[1]
External links
Site oficial no Memória Globo



First phaseEdit

Occurs during the Second World War in the 1940s. In São Paulo, two families, Berdinazzi and Mezenga have a feud over land. It happens that the children of two families, Giovanna Berdinazzi and Enrico Mezenga, fall in love, going against the fight of his parents, Giuseppe and Antonio. Giovanna and Enrico get married and have one son who is named Bruno, named after a brother of Giovanni, who died in the war and was a close friend of Enrico, despite the enmity between the families.

Second phaseEdit

Occurs in 1996, and Bruno is now a successful farmer, known by the nickname "King of the Cattle" for possessing a large herd. A man of simple habits, to whom the wealth is just something else, Bruno lives an unhappy marriage to Leah and has two sons, Mark and Leah. Upon discovering the betrayal of Leah with the driver Ralf, Bruno divorces her.

When having to solve the problem of occupation of their farms Pereira Barreto, a group of landless led by Regino and his wife Jacira, Bruno knows a day-worker called Luana. The two fall in love, unaware that they are cousins. He begins to find happiness until he meets her uncle - senior Geremias Berdinazzi - a powerful millionaire known as "King of Coffee and Milk" from Guaxupé Minas Gerais. Both man manifest intention of buying land which belonged to their past families. Even long after the rift between the Berdinazzi and Mezenga started.

The day-worker Luana, who lived at the landless camp, was Marietta Berdinazzi, the only niece of Geremias still alive, but long been missing. As he had no heir, the fortune of Geremias has always been an easy target for impostors. Suddenly comes a mysterious Marietta, appearing out of nowhere, saying she was the niece he was looking for. This woman is called Rafaela and she has eyes on the fortune of the producer.

The villain was able to keep all the post niece and heir of the family fortune, she also tried to make an attempt on the life of Geremias for him to die soon and not take her name off the inheritance. In reality Luana appeared and took what was rightfully hers. Geremias still ended up finding another nephew in Italy, the young Giuseppe who returned to Brazil and has inherited the fortune of the farmer with Luana.

Aparicio and Joe Bento, the two singers are passionate about the wilderness that decide to join to form a double hinterland, hence born Saracura and Firefly. Bruno's daughter, Leah, a young sweet and kind, Firefly falls for and against the wishes of the family, he leaves with the road to live their love in a bus followed from city to city.

But the son of Bruno, the rebellious Mark, a young man who was not worried about tomorrow, engages with Liliana Caxias, the daughter of Senator Robert Caxias and deludes the point of abandoning the child. A blow too hard for a dreamy girl who still had to live with the lack of attention his father, who only had their head fixed in the struggle of the landless.


Actor Character
Antônio Fagundes Bruno Berdinazzi Mezenga / Antonio Mezenga (First phase)
Raul Cortez Geremias Berdinazzi
Patrícia Pillar Marieta Berdinazzi (Luana)
Glória Pires Rafaela Berdinazzi (falsa Marieta)
Fábio Assunção Marcos Mezenga
Sílvia Pfeifer Léia Mezenga
Lavínia Vlasak Lia Mezenga
Carlos Vereza Senador Roberto Caxias
Mariana Lima Liliana Caxias
Ana Rosa Maria Rosa Caxias
Walderez de Barros Judite
Guilherme Fontes Tavinho (Otávio)
Stênio Garcia Zé do Araguaia
Bete Mendes Donana
Jackson Antunes Regino
Ana Beatriz Nogueira Jacira
Sérgio Reis Zé Bento (Saracura)
Almir Sater Aparício (Pirilampo)
Arieta Corrêa Chiquita
Emílio Orciollo Netto Giuseppe Berdinazzi
Leila Lopes Suzane
Jairo Mattos Fausto
Rogério Márcico Olegário
Oscar Magrini Ralf
Iara Jamra Lurdinha
Chica Xavier Freira
Mara Carvalho Bia
Luciana Vendramini Marita
Maria Helena Pader Júlia
Luiz Parreiras Orestes
Amilton Monteiro Detective Clóvis
Paulo Coronato Dimas
Adenô de Souza Lupércio
Carlos Takeshi Olavo Takashi
Manuel Boucinhas Giácomo Guilherme Berdinazzi
Roney Vilela Genivardo
Cosme dos Santos Formiga
Antônio Pompêo Dominguinhos

Special Appearances in Round 1Edit

Actor Character
Tarcísio Meira Antonio Berdinazzi
Eva Wilma Marieta Berdinazzi
Vera Fischer Nena Mezenga
Letícia Spiller Giovanna Berdinazzi
Leonardo Brício Enrico Mezenga
Marcello Antony Bruno Berdinazzi
Cláudio Corrêa e Castro Tony Vendacchio
Caco Ciocler Geremias Berdinazzi (young)


Timeslot # Ep. Premiere Finale Rank Season Rating average
Date Premiere
Date Finale
June 17, 1996
February 15, 1997
60 #1 1996-97 52

Broadcasters of O Rei do GadoEdit




  1. ^ a b c d e "O Rei do Gado". Memória Globo. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Ficha Técnica". Memória Globo. Retrieved 2 June 2011.

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