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Richard Davalos (November 5, 1930 – March 8, 2016) was an American stage, film, and television actor.

Richard Davalos
Richard Davalos in East of Eden trailer.jpg
Richard Davalos in East of Eden (1955)
Born(1930-11-05)November 5, 1930
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 8, 2016(2016-03-08) (aged 85)
Years active1953–2008
Spouse(s)Ellen Van Der Hoeven
ChildrenElyssa Davalos
Dominique Davalos
RelativesAlexa Davalos (granddaughter)

Early lifeEdit

Davalos was born in New York City of Spanish and Finnish descent.[1] His family name was originally spelled "Dávalos", with an accent on the first "a".


Davalos appeared in East of Eden (1955) as James Dean's brother Aron[2] and portrayed the convict Blind Dick in Cool Hand Luke (1967). His other film credits include roles in I Died a Thousand Times (1955), All the Young Men (1960), The Cabinet of Caligari (1962), Pit Stop (1969), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Brother, Cry for Me (1970), Hot Stuff (1979), Death Hunt (1981), Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) and Ninja Cheerleaders (2008).

He won the 1956 Theatre World Award for his performances in the Arthur Miller plays A View From the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays.[3]

In a 1960 episode of the NBC Western drama Bonanza, Davalos played a young man planning to kill his father, a sheriff who had sent him to prison. In the American Civil War television series, The Americans, broadcast by NBC in 1961, he played Jeff, the younger brother who joined the Confederate Army, in opposition to Ben, the older brother, played by Darryl Hickman, who joined the Union Army. In 1962 Davalos appeared on Perry Mason as Lt. Anderson's cousin, James Anderson, in "The Case of the Hateful Hero." In 1964 he appeared in "The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands." He guest-starred in an episode of the espionage drama series Blue Light in 1966.

Personal lifeEdit

Davalos is the father of actress Elyssa Davalos and musician Dominique Davalos, and grandfather of actress Alexa Davalos (The Chronicles of Riddick).

An image of Davalos appears on the covers of The Smiths' albums Strangeways, Here We Come, Best...I, and ...Best II.[4]


Davalos died March 8, 2016, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.[5]


List of acting performances in film and television[6]
Year Title Role Notes
1955 East of Eden Aron Trask
The Sea Chase Cadet Walter Stemme
I Died a Thousand Times Lon Preisser
1960 All the Young Men Private Casey
1960 Bonanza Sam Jackson
1961 The Americans Corporal Jeff Canfield TV series (All Episodes)
1962 The Cabinet of Caligari Mark Lindstrom
1965 Rawhide Will Butler TV series (Season 7, Episode 24)
1966 Blue Light Captain Hegner TV series (Season 1, Episode 6)
1967 Cool Hand Luke Blind Dick
1968 The Rat Patrol Captain Wansee TV series (Season 2, Episode 51)
1969 Pit Stop Rick Bowman
1970 Kelly's Heroes Private Gutowski
Brother, Cry for Me Michael Noble
1971 Blood Legacy Johnny Dean
1977 Hawaii Five-O Hawley "A Capitol Crime"
1979 Hot Stuff Charles
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Yago: Malmori
1981 Death Hunt Beeler
1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes Mr. Crosetti
1990 Murder, She Wrote D. L. Beaumont TV series (Season 7, Episode 5)
2003 Between the Sheets Mr. Little
2008 Ninja Cheerleaders Don Lazzaro (final film role)


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  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (March 10, 1955). "East of Eden (1955)". New York Times. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Davalos Awards", accessed March 10, 2016
  4. ^ Stylus Magazine
  5. ^ Cheng, Cheryl (March 9, 2016). "Richard Davalos Dead". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Richard Davalos Filmography". New York Times. Retrieved March 15, 2016.

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