Raúl Rafael Carlos Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor. He was known for his intense and varied roles on stage and screen. He started his career in the Public Theatre before transitioning to film. He received numerous accolades including a Drama Desk Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and nominations for four Tony Awards. In 2017, The Daily Telegraph named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.[1]

Raul Julia
Julia as Dracula (1977)
Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay

(1940-03-09)March 9, 1940
DiedOctober 24, 1994(1994-10-24) (aged 54)
Resting placeBuxeda Memorial Park Cemetery, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Actor
  • humanitarian
Years active1963–1994
Magda Vasallo Molinelli
(m. 1965; div. 1969)
Merel Poloway
(m. 1976)
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Born in San Juan, Julia took an interest in acting while in school and pursued the career upon completion of his studies. After performing locally for some time, he was convinced by the actor and entertainment personality Orson Bean to move to New York City.[2] Julia, who had been bilingual since childhood, soon gained interest in Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. He performed in mobile projects, including the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Julia was eventually noticed by producer Joseph Papp, who offered him work in the New York Shakespeare Festival.[2]

In 1978, Julia starred alongside Meryl Streep in a revival of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at the Delacorte Theater.[3] He received four Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical nomination for Two Gentlemen of Verona (1972), Where's Charley? (1975), The Threepenny Opera (1977), and Nine (1982). Julia starred in the original Broadway production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal (1979). He also starred in revivals of Design for Living (1984), Othello (1991), and his final Broadway role Man of La Mancha (1994).[4][5]

Julia gained prominence for his role as Gomez Addams in two film adaptations of The Addams Family.[6] He received Golden Globe Award nominations for Tempest (1982), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), and Moon Over Parador (1988). He is also known for his film roles in The Panic in Needle Park (1971), One from the Heart (1982), The Morning After (1986), Romero (1989) and Presumed Innocent (1990). In 1994, Julia suffered several health afflictions, eventually dying after suffering a stroke. For his work in The Burning Season he was posthumously awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture.[7][8][9]

Early life and education


Julia was born March 9, 1940, in Floral Park (Hato Rey), a suburb of San Juan, to Olga Arcelay and Raúl Juliá. He was the oldest of four brothers, and sisters Maria Eugenia Juliá and Olga Maria Juliá.[10][11] His mother was a mezzo-soprano who sang in a church choir before marrying Julia's father, who was an electrical engineer who graduated from Trine University.[12] Julia's brother, Rafa, died in a car accident when Juliá was 19 years old.[13] Some relatives were also musicians, including his great aunt María González, whom he credited as the inspiration behind his artistic career.[14] The family was Catholic.[11]

Raúl's father was the founder of La Cueva del Chicken Inn, a restaurant in San Juan.[12] The building was originally a gas station and body shop[clarification needed] before being remodeled after a similar restaurant in Madrid, Spain, called Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas, which is intended to mimic the structure of a gypsum cave. Julia's father claimed that he had brought pizza to Puerto Rico, after he hired an Italian cook in New York City who could prepare pizza.[12] The restaurant is also supposed to be the first to distribute chicken-in-a-basket within the archipelago, which Miriam Fitts helped him think of.[12]

Julia was enrolled in the Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, a Catholic private school,[15] where most of the personnel spoke exclusively English.[14] There, he participated in his first play in first grade, interpreting the devil, with his performance earning him participation in all subsequent school plays.[16] After witnessing Errol Flynn's performance in The Adventures of Robin Hood, he decided to pursue an acting career.

During his childhood, Julia's family followed a strict Jesuit practice, often taking homeless children into their household.[17] His mother received recognition from the Catholic University of Ponce for these efforts.[17]

By the seventh grade, Julia was able to speak English fluently and had gained interest in the works of William Shakespeare. Julia concluded his secondary education at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, where he would organize plays of Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest.[18] Seeking to please his parents, he continued his education with a year at Fordham University,[6] the well known private Jesuit university in New York City, before returning home to enroll at the University of Puerto Rico, where he joined the Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity.[19]

Julia continued acting in local plays and nightclubs[18] as he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Julia eventually realized that he had no interest in pursuing the law career favored by his parents, choosing to act full-time despite having doubts that he could sustain himself working as an actor.[18]

Acting career


New York Shakespeare Festival


Consequently, Julia began performing in several plays that were held in San Juan. He performed in a re-staging of Macbeth, which was held in one of the municipality's colonial castles in order to simulate the setting of the work.[20] Other works included playing the role of Roderigo in Othello at a local drama production. Parallel to this, Julia began making presentations at the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. After joining a musical group named the Lamplighters, despite receiving opposition from his parents, he was recruited by Lillian Hurst to perform alongside her, eventually receiving work at a hotel named El Convento.[21]

During this time, he began considering the possibility of moving to Europe to take acting classes. During one of their acts, Julia was approached by Orson Bean, who was on vacation in Puerto Rico and provided him with contact information, wanting him to travel to New York and work there.[6][21] His parents were shocked by the proposal, but ultimately agreed to support his decision.[21] Julia's departure was postponed after his younger brother, Rafael, died in a traffic collision. During this time, he became engaged to Magda Vasallo Molinelli.[22]

In 1964, when he was 24 years old, he traveled to New York, arriving in the middle of a winter storm. After establishing residence in Manhattan, Julia worked at a variety of odd jobs to pay his expenses, going so far as to attend sales training (provided by a distributor) in the proper way to sell pens.[23] When Hurst visited him, they attended a Broadway play, which prompted a discovery that surprised him—that it was possible to work as an actor full-time.[24] As a result, Julia began seeking employment in both Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. Seeking to further improve his acting, he took lessons from Wynn Handman, who was recommended by Bean; his class included future fellow star Christopher Walken.[25][24]

His first work was in a production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Life Is a Dream, where he played Astolfo, thereby making himself eligible to receive his Actors Equity card from Actors' Equity Association.[26] Initially, Julia received an allowance from his parents, but after hiring manager Jeff Hunter, he landed a role in a production of Bye Bye Birdie, thereafter declining further financial assistance.[26] He began performing with Phoebe Brand's mobile theatre, presenting plays in low-income neighborhoods of New York. In 1965, he married Vasallo Molinelli.

In 1966, Julia was cast in the role of Macduff in a Spanish-language version of Macbeth, and also performed in The Ox Cart (La Carreta), a stage play written by Puerto Rican playwright René Marqués.[27] Miriam Colón Valle, who also participated in La Carreta, established the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, where he performed. In 1967, the founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), Joseph Papp, attended a performance at Delacorte Theater, where Julia was reading patriotic Puerto Rican poetry.[28] Subsequently, Papp offered him the role of Demetrius in a staging of Titus Andronicus.[29] After this play concluded, he contacted Papp who offered him the job of stage manager in NYSF's Hamlet.[6] While performing this task, Julia also performed in some of the plays.[30]

Broadway and television

Juliá at the cast party on the opening night of Design for Living

In September 1968, after auditioning four times for the role, Julia debuted in his first Broadway play, performing as Chan in a staging of The Cuban Thing.[31] The following year, he was cast in a production of Arthur Kopit's Indians. During this timeframe, he and Vasallo Molinelli were divorced. In 1970, Julia, in the role of Paco Montoya in The Castro Complex, received notably favorable reviews.[31] While rehearsing for an Off-Broadway play, he met Merel Poloway and began a relationship with her.[32]

As he gained prominence on Broadway, Julia was cast in two television series, Love of Life and Sesame Street. He disliked his role in Love of Life, only appearing on the show for a brief time.[33] On Sesame Street, he was Rafael the Fix-It Man, a recurring character during the show's third season. Raphael the Fix-It Man’s partner at the Fix-It Shop was Emilio Delgado's character Luis, who, after debuting with Julia, went on to a long tenure on the show. During 1971–1972, Julia earned roles in three films: The Organization, The Panic in Needle Park, and a film adaptation of Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.[33]

While working on Sesame Street, Julia was contacted by Papp, who offered him the role of Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona. For his performance in this play, Julia received his first nomination for a Tony Award and won the 1972 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.[33] In 1973, he interpreted Edmund in King Lear, followed by the role of Orlando in As You Like It.[34] Julia noted that he cherished the roles he played in these Shakespeare plays, particularly the rhythm, music, and poetry present in them.[34] He also acted in Via Galactica's limited presentation on Broadway and, on television, played Dr. Greg Robinson, Jerry's brother, in the "Oh, Brother" episode of The Bob Newhart Show.

In 1974, Julia was cast as the titular role of Charley Wykeham in the comedy, Where's Charley?, receiving his second Tony Award nomination for his performance.[34] He subsequently joined Werner Erhard's Erhard Seminars Training or "est", an organization that promotes self-motivation, by participating in its seminars.[35] In 1976, Julia played Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, interpreting the dialogue with a marked British accent.[36] The performance earned him a third Tony Award nomination. He then returned to film as Italian car racer Franco Bertollini in The Gumball Rally.

That same year, Julia married Poloway in the Catskill Mountains.[37] The ceremony was led by Swami Muktananda as part of a spiritual retreat. The couple had met the Swami through Erhard.[37] After this retreat, Erhard founded The Hunger Project, claiming that after traveling to India, he felt motivated to found a non-profit organization to eliminate world hunger through philanthropic galas.[37] Julia joined the initiative at its conception,[6] establishing a personal goal of raising one million dollars for the organization. In 1978, his interpretation of the lead role in the 1924 theatrical version of Dracula was well received.[38]

While performing as Dracula, Julia also played Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew in 1978.[6] His interaction with co-star Meryl Streep was tense at first, before developing into a friendship as the production advanced.[38] In 1979, he starred as Othello opposite Richard Dreyfuss as Iago, later reviving the role in 1991 with Christopher Walken as Iago.[39] Julia followed up his double-duty stage work with a role in Paul Mazursky's film adaptation of The Tempest, spending several months in Italy while exploring its culture. During this time, he received the script for Nine, the play which would garner him a fourth Tony Award nomination.[6][40] In preparation for his role in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Julia moved temporarily to London, hiring a dialect coach to train him in British pronunciation.[41] Julia would subsequently use a British or Trans-Atlantic accent for most of his film work, including Presumed Innocent, The Addams Family films, and Street Fighter.

Acting in Hollywood


In 1982, Julia played Calibanos in Mazursky's Tempest and Ray in the musical One from the Heart.[42] In 1983, his first son with Poloway, Raul Sigmund Julia, was born. That year, he also starred in the public television film Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, which received a weak reception and was satirized on Mystery Science Theater 3000. After not appearing in a film for two years, Julia played a political prisoner named Valentín in an adaptation of the Manuel Puig work Kiss of the Spider Woman.[42] Valentín’s cellmate is a flamboyant homosexual (William Hurt), jailed for immoral behavior in Brazil, who passes the time by describing scenes from his favorite romantic movie to Valentín; slowly, the two form a bond based on mutual understanding and respect.[43] In view of the uniqueness of the script, Julia agreed to begin filming before receiving his salary and traveled to South America, where he interviewed rebels and ex-prisoners to familiarize himself with their experiences and ideology.[44] Upon its release, Kiss of the Spider Woman was a commercial and critical success. For his performance, Julia received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award and won the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures award for best actor, along with co-lead actor William Hurt.[45]

The following year, he appeared in his first Puerto Rican film, La Gran Fiesta, offering a monologue near the end of the film.[46] In 1985, he starred as Major Sergius Saranoff in an adaptation of Arms and the Man. This was followed by the role of David Suárez in the romantic comedy Compromising Positions. In 1986, Julia played a hairdresser named Joaquin Manero in The Morning After. Following his usual procedure of practical preparation for a role, he took cosmetology lessons and worked at a hair salon for some time.[46]

In 1987, Julia had the lead role in The Penitent. Later on that year, his second son with Poloway, Benjamín Rafael Juliá, was born.[47] In 1988, Julia played a corrupt official in Paul Mazursky's comedy, Moon over Parador, which received negative reviews from critics.[48] The following year, he co-starred with Anthony Quinn in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, a biographic film covering the life of Aristotle Onassis. In 1989, Julia was cast as San Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero in the biographical movie, Romero.[6] During his life, Romero had been a staunch advocate of human rights, often publicly denouncing violations of these rights, which prompted his assassination during a mass. Julia accepted the role based on its political nature, seeking to draw attention to the issues in that region of Central America.[48] To prepare for the role, he read Romero's diary and autobiography as well as listening to or watching recordings of his messages and masses, which prompted him to rejoin the Catholic Church. He and Poloway, who is Jewish, decided not to raise their children in a particular religion, believing that they should make their own decisions after reaching adulthood. The government of El Salvador refused to allow distribution of the film because of its content, so the film received only clandestine circulation.[49] Due to his activity between 1987 and 1989, Julia was ranked first in the Variety article "List of Busiest Hollywood Actors".[47] Julia then starred in the 1989 film adaptation of The Threepenny Opera, recreating the role of Macheath for the movie, which was renamed Mack the Knife for its American release.

In 1990, he was cast to as a lawyer in Presumed Innocent, receiving solid reviews for his performance.[50] Prior to the filming, Julia spent time in courtrooms and studied the court system.[50] Also in 1990, he appeared opposite Robert Redford in Havana, but chose to remain uncredited because the director, Sydney Pollack, refused to give him above-the-line credit. In 1991, when Joseph Papp died, Julia commented that the director was directly responsible for finding him roles besides that of "stereotypical Latinos", such as the "Latin lover".[51] Julia was cast to play Gomez Addams in an adaptation of The Addams Family.[6] He was attracted to the role because of the character's irreverent portrayal, noting that "even his depressions are wonderful".[52] Since his earlier recollections of the role were of the Spanish-dubbed version of the first television series, he had to adapt the role directly from the original cartoons drawn by Charles Addams, receiving a nomination for a Saturn Award. It is interesting to note that Julia appeared in 1982's The Escape Artist with Jackie Coogan, who portrayed Fester Addams in the 1964-1966 television series The Addams Family.

In 1992, Julia played the title role in a revival of Man of La Mancha with Sheena Easton, a Broadway musical adaptation of the Miguel de Cervantes novel, Don Quixote. The play originated in 1965, with the main character played by Richard Kiley; one of his favorite actors, José Ferrer, had been considered for the title role at the time.[53] Julia performed this role eight times per week. Subsequently, he reprised his role as Gomez Addams in Addams Family Values.[53] In 1994, Julia played Chico Mendes in The Burning Season for HBO, for which he received critical acclaim.[54] He familiarized himself with the role by analyzing interviews and footage from Mendes' Xapuri Rubber Tappers Union.[41]

Despite his poor health, which began three years prior to his death, he completed The Burning Season and was eager to play M. Bison in Street Fighter, which was to be filmed in Australia in the autumn. Julia felt that this film would allow him to spend more time with his children, who were fans of the video game franchise and helped him prepare for the role.[55] He received his second Saturn Award nomination for his performance, which was considered the high point of the otherwise poorly received motion picture. This would be his final role in a major film, with his last work being a supporting role in the television drama Down Came a Blackbird, which was filmed in Toronto, Ontario during September and October 1994. His poor health was apparent in these last three films because of his substantial weight loss.

Health and death


Unbeknownst to the public, Julia had suffered from stomach cancer for three years prior to his death and had undergone surgery for it. In early 1994, during the filming of The Burning Season in Mexico, he contracted food poisoning after consuming sushi.[56] Julia was airlifted to a hospital in Los Angeles to receive medical attention. After recovering, he returned to Mexico to finish the film, although he had lost some weight and was physically weakened by his condition.[57] On October 16, 1994, Julia and Poloway attended the Metropolitan Opera in New York;[58] afterwards, Julia began feeling intense abdominal pain and was taken by ambulance to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island. At first, he did not appear worried about his condition and was seen in his hospital bed eagerly reviewing the script for his upcoming role in Desperado, but his condition gradually worsened.[58] On the night of October 20, 1994, Julia suffered a stroke, fell into a coma, and was put on life support.[59] Four days later, on October 24, 1994, Julia died at the age of 54 from complications of a stroke, never having regained consciousness.[6][59]

In accordance with Julia's instructions, his body was transported to Puerto Rico. A state funeral was held in San Juan on October 27, 1994, with Julia’s body being escorted to the building of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, where a funeral ceremony was held.[60] The service was attended by thousands of Puerto Ricans, with native plena music being played in the background. The burial ceremony was also attended by thousands, with "La Borinqueña" being sung by Lucecita Benítez prior to the procession.[61] After stopping at San Ignacio de Loyola Church, the procession advanced to Buxeda Cemetery, where politician and activist Rubén Berríos offered the final words. As Julia's coffin was lowered, a load of carnations was dropped from a helicopter while the crowd shouted "¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!"[62] Julia was a lifelong supporter of the Puerto Rican independence movement; on one occasion, he convinced his agent to allow him to do an advertising campaign on behalf of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Subsequent memorial ceremonies were held at Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York and in Los Angeles, where several actors and personalities, including Rubén Blades and Edward James Olmos, expressed their grief.[63] A mass in Miami and numerous private ceremonies were also held. The staff of Universal Pictures paid homage to him by dedicating Street Fighter to his memory, adding the phrase "For Raúl. Vaya con Dios." in the film's ending credits. Julia had been set to reprise his role as M. Bison in the video game version of the Street Fighter film, having already met with the production staff. The New York Shakespeare Festival bought an obituary notice in Variety, where his birth and death dates were accompanied by a quote from Shakespeare.[64] The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater established The Raúl Juliá Training Unit, giving free acting classes to young actors.

For his performance in The Burning Season, Julia was posthumously awarded a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a CableACE Award, and an Emmy Award. Although he did not make his screen debut before 1950, Julia was a nominee for the American Film Institute's AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars.[65] Actors such as Helen Hunt and Jimmy Smits have cited him as a source of inspiration.[66][67] On November 21, 1994, then-Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani declared that date Raul Julia Day.[68] In 1996, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame on Broadway.[69] The Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce created the Raúl Juliá Scholarship Fund in 1997, intended to provide college education for teenagers.[70]

Humanitarian work


During his lifetime, Julia continued the charitable work done by his parents during his childhood, engaging in social and educational activities. His contributions were acknowledged with an invitation to join the New York Council for the Humanities.[71] Much of Julia's charity work was focused on at-risk youth, the Latin American community, and the arts. Concerned about rising levels of violence among teenagers, he sponsored scriptwriting programs in high schools and supported young actors.[66] To promote other Latin American artists, Julia actively lent his support to the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) and co-founded Visiones Luminosas, an initiative to foster screenwriters.[72] He continued to work in the NYSF, electing to donate his time.[69]

In a similar fashion, Julia cooperated with independent filmmakers in Puerto Rico by acting in their productions for free or receiving a reduced salary.[71] This constant involvement with the Latin American community earned him a posthumous Hispanic Heritage Award.[73] Julia also promoted interracial acceptance and cooperation as a member of Racial Harmony and served as the chairman of the Joseph Papp Celebrity Coalition for Racial Harmony.[74]

As part of his work for The Hunger Project, Julia made monthly donations to a food bank.[75] He also promoted the program on television and radio and served as the narrator of bilingual videos about the Hunger Project. Julia somehow found time in his notoriously busy schedule to participate in multiple benefit galas on behalf of the organization as well.[75] Due to this work, the project gave him their Global Citizen Award. His involvement was also recognized in "Ending Hunger: An Idea Whose Time Has Come".[75] On March 24, 1992, Julia received the Courage of Conscience Award.[76] In 1994, the government of El Salvador recognized him for his human rights activism, selecting him to serve as overseer of their general elections in representation of Freedom House.[77] During his visit to the country, he visited the tomb of Romero, subsequently describing his experience in a piece published in Freedom Review.

In recognition of his wide-ranging impact, the National Endowment for the Hispanic Arts offers the Raul Julia Award for Excellence annually.[78] In 2002, actress Sandra Bullock was presented with the award.[79] She received it for her work as the executive producer of the George Lopez TV series, which offered work and exposition for Hispanic talent. In 2003, Daniel Rodríguez won the first Raul Julia Global Citizen Award from the New York-based Puerto Rico Family Institute, receiving the recognition for his charitable work.[80]


  • The Raul Julia Micro Society, a Public School 3, in the Tremont neighborhood in the New York City borough of the Bronx,[81] was named in honor of Julia.
  • The actor's training unit of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater was renamed the Raúl Juliá Training Unit.
  • The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) honors outstanding entertainment personalities annually with their Raúl Juliá Award for Excellence. The award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to the growth and awareness of Latinos in the arts and media, is awarded annually to many Hispanic and non-Hispanic personalities. Past winners include Cristina Saralegui (2010) and Sandra Bullock (2002).[82]
  • In 2000, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) renamed its Founders Award the Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award.
  • In 2019, he was the subject of a PBS American Masters profile, Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage.[2]




Year Title Role Director Notes
1971 The Panic in Needle Park Marco Jerry Schatzberg
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me Juan Carlos Rosenbloom Jeffrey Young
The Organization Juan Mendoza Don Medford
1976 The Gumball Rally Franco Bertollini Charles Bail
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Michael Reisler Irvin Kershner
1979 A Life of Sin Paulo Efraín López Neris
1981 Strong Medicine Raoul Richard Foreman
1982 One from the Heart Ray Francis Ford Coppola
The Escape Artist Stu Quinones Caleb Deschanel
Tempest Kalibanos Paul Mazursky
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Arregui Héctor Babenco
Compromising Positions David Suarez Frank Perry
1986 La Gran Fiesta Adolfo Marcos Zurinaga
The Morning After Joaquin Manero Sidney Lumet
1987 Tango Bar Ricardo Padín Marcos Zurinaga
1988 The Penitent Ramón Guerola Cliff Osmond
Trading Hearts Vinnie Iacona Neil Leifer
Moon over Parador Roberto Strausmann Paul Mazursky
Tequila Sunrise Commandante Xavier Escalante / Carlos Robert Towne
1989 Romero Archbishop Oscar Romero John Duigan
1990 Mack the Knife MacHeath Menahem Golan
Presumed Innocent Alejandro "Sandy" Stern Alan J. Pakula
Frankenstein Unbound Dr. Victor Frankenstein Roger Corman
The Rookie Ulrich Sigmund Strom Clint Eastwood
Havana Arturo Duran Sydney Pollack Uncredited
1991 The Addams Family Gomez Addams Barry Sonnenfeld
1992 The Plague Cottard Luis Puenzo
1993 Addams Family Values Gomez Addams Barry Sonnenfeld
1994 Street Fighter General M. Bison Steven E. de Souza Posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
1971–1972 Sesame Street Rafael, The Repairman 4 episodes
1974 The Bob Newhart Show Gregory Robinson Episode: "Oh, Brother"
Great Performances Edmund Episode: "King Lear"
1975 Death Scream Detective Nick Rodriguez Television film
1984 American Playhouse Aram Fingal / Rick Blaine Episode: "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank"
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Count Galeazzo Ciano Television miniseries
1986 Florida Straits Carlos Jayne[83] Television film
1987 The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory General Antonio López de Santa Anna Television miniseries
1988 Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Aristotle Onassis Television film
1994 The Burning Season Francisco "Chico" Mendes
1995 Down Came a Blackbird Professor Tomas Ramirez Television film, posthumous release


Year Title Role Theatre Ref
1966 The Ox Cart Luis Greenwich Mews Theater [84]
1967 Titus Andronicus Demetrius Delacorte Theatre
(New York Shakespeare Festival)
1967 No Exit Cradeau Bouwerie Lane Theater [86]
1968 The Cuban Thing Chan Henry Miller's Theatre, Broadway [87]
1968–1970 Your Own Thing Orson (replacement) Orpheum Theatre, Off-Broadway [88]
1968 The Memorandum Various Roles The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway [89]
1969 Frank Gagliano's City Scene Workman (Paradise)
Jesus (Conerico)
Fortune Theater, Off-Broadway [90]
Indians Grand Duke Alexis
Uncas / Poncho
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway [91]
1970 The Persians Persian Elder St. George's Episcopal Church
The Castro Complex Paco Montoya Stairway Theatre [91]
1971 Pinkville Joe "Consequently Joe" Theatre At St Clement’s
As You Like It Orlando St. James Theatre, Broadway
1972 Via Galactica Gabriel Finn Uris Theatre, Broadway [91]
1972 Hamlet Osric Delacorte Theatre
(New York Shakespeare Festival)
1971–1973 Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway
St. James Theatre,Broadway
1973 As You Like It Orlando de Bois Delacorte Theatre
(New York Shakespeare Festival)
King Lear Edmund
1974–1975 Where's Charley? Charley Wykeham Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway [91]
1976–1977 The Threepenny Opera Captain Macheath Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway
(New York Shakespeare Festival)
1977 The Cherry Orchard Lopakhin
Ermolai Alekseevich
1977–1980 Dracula Count Dracula Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway [94]
1978 The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio Delacorte Theatre
(New York Shakespeare Festival)
1979 Othello Othello [96]
1979–1980 Betrayal Jerry Nederlander Theatre, Broadway [97]
1981 The Tempest Prospero Delacorte Theatre, The Public Theatre [98]
1982–1984 Nine Guido Contini 46th Street Theatre, Broadway [99]
1984–1985 Design for Living Leo Circle in the Square Theatre, Broadway [100]
1985 Arms and the Man Major Sergius Saranoff [101]
1989–1990 Macbeth Lord Macbeth The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway [102]
1991 Othello Othello Delacorte Theatre
(New York Shakespeare Festival)
1992 Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote
Marquis Theatre, Broadway [104]

Other credits

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1995 CableACE Awards Actor in a Miniseries or Movie The Burning Season Won [105]
Down Came a Blackbird Nominated
1972 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Performance Two Gentlemen of Verona Won [106]
1975 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Where's Charley? Nominated [107]
1976 The Threepenny Opera Nominated [108]
1991 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor The Addams Family Nominated [109]
1982 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Tempest Nominated [110]
1985 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Kiss of the Spider Woman Nominated
1988 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Moon over Parador Nominated
1994 Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Burning Season Won
1998 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won
1992 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss The Addams Family
(shared with Anjelica Huston)
1985 National Board of Review Awards Best Actor Kiss of the Spider Woman Won[a] [111]
1995 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special The Burning Season Won [112]
1992 Saturn Awards Best Actor The Addams Family Nominated [113]
1994 Best Supporting Actor Street Fighter Nominated
1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries The Burning Season Won [114]
1972 Tony Awards Best Leading Actor in a Musical Two Gentlemen of Verona Nominated [115]
1975 Where's Charley? Nominated [116]
1977 The Threepenny Opera Nominated [117]
1982 Nine Nominated [118]

See also





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