Valentin de Vargas

Valentin de Vargas (born Albert Charles Schubert; April 27, 1935 – June 10, 2013) was an actor, known for playing a character menacing Janet Leigh in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958) and playing Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez in Hatari! (1962). He appeared in multiple motion pictures from the mid-1950s to the late 1990s.

Valentin de Vargas
Albert Charles Schubert

(1935-04-27)April 27, 1935
DiedJune 10, 2013(2013-06-10) (aged 78)
Years active1955–2011
Spouse(s)Arlene McQuade (m. 1960–67; divorced); 2 children
Nome Jones (1973–80); 1 child
M. Diana Pace (2007–13; his death)


After serving in the United States Army, de Vargas made his film debut in The Blackboard Jungle while still attending Loyola Marymount University. He had responded to a flyer posted at Loyola to audition for a high school student role in the film.[1] He had a variety of uncredited appearances in films and appeared in several television series until Touch of Evil in 1958, where he also met his first wife, actress Arlene McQuade. He travelled to Mexico, where he played one of the Mexican bandidos in The Magnificent Seven (1960).

In the 1960s he appeared on television programs including Bonanza, Daniel Boone, The Wild Wild West, Gunsmoke, Death Valley Days, The High Chaparral, Mission: Impossible, Barnaby Jones, The Streets of San Francisco, and Dallas. He later operated a realty firm, Schubert-DeVargas Realty, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1962 he joined the cast of international stars in Howard Hawks' Hatari!.


After suffering for many months from myelodysplastic syndrome, he died on June 10, 2013, aged 78, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[2] His interment was at Santa Fe National Cemetery.[3]

His first wife was actress Arlene McQuade, who died in 2014.[4][5] He was a nephew of actor Don Alvarado[1]

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  1. ^ a b "'Touch of Evil' Actor Valentin de Vargas Dies at 78 - Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  2. ^ "In Memory of Valentin DeVargas -- Gary Kelley's Add'Vantage Funeral and Cremation Service, Tulsa, OK". Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  3. ^ "Death notices for June 13 | Tulsa World". Archived from the original on 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  4. ^ Barnes, Mike (2014-04-21). "Arlene McQuade, Daughter on 1950s Sitcom 'The Goldbergs', Dies at 77". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  5. ^ Dagen, Carmel (2014-04-24). "Arlene McQuade, Actress on 'The Goldbergs', Dies at 77". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-16.

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