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Raúl Juliá

Raúl Juliá
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Birth name Raúl Rafael Carlos Juliá y Arcelay
Nationality Porto rico
Birth 9 march 1940 at San Juan (USA)
Death 24 october 1994 (at 54 years) at Manhasset (USA)

Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor. Born in San Juan, he gained interest in acting while still in school. Upon completing his studies, Juliá decided to pursue a career in acting. After performing locally for some time, he was convinced by entertainment personality Orson Bean to move and work in New York City. Juliá, who had been bilingual since his childhood, soon gained interest in Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. He performed in mobile projects, including The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.

Juliá was eventually noticed by Joseph Papp, who offered him work in the New York Shakespeare Festival. After gaining visibility, he received roles in two television series, Love of Life and Sesame Street. For his performance in Two Gentlemen of Verona, he received a nomination for the Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award. Between 1974 and 1982, Juliá received Tony Award nominations for Where's Charley?, The Threepenny Opera and Nine. During the 1980s, he worked in several films, receiving nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, for his performance in Tempest, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, winning the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for the latter.

In 1991 and 1993, Juliá portrayed Gomez Addams in two film adaptations of The Addams Family. In 1994, he filmed The Burning Season, for which he won a Golden Globe Best Actor award, and a film adaptation of the Street Fighter video games. Later that year, Juliá suffered several health afflictions, eventually dying after suffering a stroke. His funeral was held in Puerto Rico, being attended by thousands. For his work in The Burning Season, Juliá won a posthumous Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award.


Raúl Rafael Carlos Juliá y Arcelay est né le 9 mars 1940. Il est découvert dans une boîte de nuit de Porto Rico par l'acteur Orson Bean. Il part pour Manhattan en 1964 et trouve rapidement de petits rôles dans des spectacles. En 1966, il commence à apparaître dans des rôles shakespeariens, notamment Le Roi Lear en 1973 et Othello en 1979. On le voit aussi dans des comédies musicales. Son succès sur les planches l'amène au cinéma.

De son union avec l'actrice Merel Poloway, il a deux fils : Raúl Sigmund, né en 1983, et Benjamin Rafael, né en 1987.

L'un de ses rôles dramatiques les plus marquants est celui d'un prisonnier politique dans Le Baiser de la femme araignée (1985), mais c'est surtout son rôle de père de famille atypique dans la comédie fantastique d'humour noir La Famille Addams (1991), et sa suite (1993), qui lui vaut la reconnaissance auprès du grand public.

En 1993, il apprend qu'il est atteint d'un cancer de l'estomac. Sa santé devient chancelante, mais il continue à tourner, et le rôle d'un écologiste brésilien dans le téléfilm The Burning Season (1994) lui vaudra deux récompenses posthumes.

Le 16 octobre 1994, affaibli, il est victime d'un accident vasculaire cérébral dans son appartement new-yorkais et tombe dans le coma. Il décède le 24 octobre à l'âge de 54 ans. Son corps est rapatrié à Porto Rico, où des milliers d'admirateurs viennent lui rendre hommage. Son dernier film, Street Fighter, lui est dédié.

Best films

Presumed Innocent (1990)
The Addams Family (1991)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Street Fighter (1994)
Addams Family Values (1993)
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

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Filmography of Raúl Juliá (30 films)

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Down Came a Blackbird, 1h53
Directed by Jonathan Sanger
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Raúl Juliá, Laura Dern, Vanessa Redgrave, Cliff Gorman, Sarita Choudhury, Jay O. Sanders
Roles Tomas Ramirez
Rating64% 3.2482353.2482353.2482353.2482353.248235
Tomás Ramírez (Raúl Juliá) is a professor who joins a clinic run by Anna Lenke (Vanessa Redgrave), a Holocaust survivor, psychologist and the clinic's proprietor, whose patients are also recovering Holocaust and torture victims. Among them is Helen McNulty (Laura Dern), a journalist tortured by the death squads of an unidentified Central American country controlled by a dictatorship. In time she grows close to Ramírez, but suspicions are aroused when three men attempt to detain him while he and McNulty are on a date. McNulty is able to photograph one of the assailants and sends the picture to a colleague for possible identification.
The Burning Season, 2h3
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Environmental films, Documentary films about environmental issues, Documentary films about nature
Actors Raúl Juliá, Carmen Argenziano, Sônia Braga, Kamala Lopez, Luis Guzmán, Nigel Havers
Roles Chico Mendes
Rating70% 3.530563.530563.530563.530563.53056
Chico Mendes was a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist who was murdered in 1988 by ranchers opposed to his activism. The movie opens in 1951 with a young Chico Mendes witnessing his father's interaction with corrupt ranchers who are exploiting peasants for their work. The bulk of the film then takes place between 1983 and 1988, showing Mendes' activism to preserve the Amazon rainforest, to his murder in a drive-by shooting by a disgruntled rancher.
Street Fighter, 1h42
Directed by Steven E. de Souza
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Monde imaginaire, Sports films, Martial arts films, Superhero films, Films about video games, Films based on video games
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raúl Juliá, Ming-Na Wen, Kylie Minogue, Damian Chapa, Byron Mann
Roles General M. Bison
Rating41% 2.054622.054622.054622.054622.05462
In the Southeast Asian nation of Shadaloo City, civil war has erupted between the forces of crazed military dictator General M. Bison (Raul Julia) and the Allied Nations, a multinational military force, led by their regional commander, Colonel William F. Guile. Bison has recently captured several A.N. relief workers, and via a live two-way radio broadcast, demands Guile secure a US$20 billion ransom in three days or else face responsibility for the hostages' deaths. Guile refuses and vows to track Bison down, but his assistant, Sergeant Cammy (Kylie Minogue) is only partially able to pinpoint Bison's location to the river-delta region outside the city. One of the hostages is Guile's close friend, Carlos "Charlie" Blanka (Robert Mammone), who Bison orders taken to his lab for his captive witch doctor, Dhalsim (Roshan Seth), to turn into the first of his supersoldiers. Though Charlie is severely disfigured by the procedure, Dhalsim secretly alters his cerebral programming to maintain Charlie's humanity.
Addams Family Values, 1h34
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Scott Rudin, Paul Rudnick
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about families, Transport films, Road movies
Actors Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack, Christina Ricci, Carol Kane
Roles Gomez Addams
Rating68% 3.402223.402223.402223.402223.40222
Gomez and Morticia Addams hire a nanny, Debbie, to take care of their new son Pubert. Unbeknownst to them, Debbie is a serial killer known as the Black Widow; she marries rich bachelors and murders them on their wedding night so she can collect their inheritances.
The Plague
The Plague (1992)
, 1h55
Directed by Luis Puenzo
Origin Argentine
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks
Actors William Hurt, Robert Duvall, Jean-Marc Barr, Raúl Juliá, Sandrine Bonnaire, Victoria Tennant
Roles Cottard
Rating56% 2.8044652.8044652.8044652.8044652.804465
Deux journalistes français se retrouvent dans un port en Argentine au moment où une épidémie de peste impose une mise en quarantaine.
The Addams Family, 1h39
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson
Roles Gomez Addams
Rating69% 3.4517853.4517853.4517853.4517853.451785
Gomez Addams laments the 25-year absence of his brother Fester, who disappeared after the two had a falling-out. Gomez's lawyer Tully Alford owes money to loan shark Abigail Craven, and notices that her son Gordon closely resembles Fester. Tully proposes that Gordon pose as Fester to infiltrate the Addams household and find the hidden vault where they keep their vast riches. Tully and his wife Margaret attend a séance at the Addams home led by Grandmama in which the family tries to contact Fester's spirit. Gordon arrives, posing as Fester, while Abigail poses as psychiatrist Dr. Pinder-Schloss and tells the family that Fester had been lost in the Bermuda Triangle for the past 25 years.
The Rookie
The Rookie (1990)
, 2h1
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Buddy films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, Tom Skerritt, Hal Williams
Roles Strom
Rating59% 2.950062.950062.950062.950062.95006
LAPD Detective Sgt. Nick Pulovski and his partner, Powell, are assigned to the case of taking down the criminal empire of a German felon, Strom, who engages in grand theft auto and chop shop operations. During an encounter with Strom and his men, who are loading a semi-trailer truck with stolen cars, Powell is murdered. Nick, despite efforts to catch the criminals on the highway, ends up losing them.
Frankenstein Unbound, 1h25
Directed by Roger Corman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Time travel films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors John Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda, Michael Hutchence, Jason Patric
Roles Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Rating54% 2.704782.704782.704782.704782.70478
In 2031, Dr. Buchanan and his team work to develop the ultimate weapon, an energy beam that will completely remove whatever it is aimed at. Buchanan hopes he can create a weapon so powerful that it will end all war and have the added benefit of no impact on the environment. Unfortunately, the prototype has unpredictable side effects, creating erratic global weather patterns and rifts in space and time that have caused some people to vanish. As he drives home from the testing facility, Buchanan himself is caught in one such rift.
Havana (1990)
, 2h20
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Jeu, Seafaring films, Transport films, Poker, Political films
Actors Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Raúl Juliá, Alan Arkin, Tomás Milián, Daniel Davis
Roles Arturo Duran (uncredited)
Rating60% 3.047433.047433.047433.047433.04743
The film is set on the eve of the Cuban Revolution's victory on January 1, 1959.
Presumed Innocent, 2h7
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi
Roles Sandy Stern
Rating68% 3.4491353.4491353.4491353.4491353.449135
Rozat "Rusty" Sabich (Ford) is a prosecutor and the right-hand man of District Attorney Raymond Horgan (Dennehy). When his colleague, Carolyn Polhemus (Scacchi), is found raped and murdered in her apartment, Raymond insists that Rusty take charge of the investigation. The election for District Attorney is approaching and Tommy Molto (Joe Grifasi), the acting head of the homicide division, has left to join the rival campaign of Nico Della Guardia (Tom Mardirosian).
Mack the Knife, 1h58
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Crime, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Raúl Juliá, Richard Harris, Roger Daltrey, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Clive Revill
Roles MacHeath
Rating56% 2.809532.809532.809532.809532.80953
In 19th century London, young Polly Peachum falls for the famous womanizing criminal Macheath and they decide to get married, but because of her family's disapproval, her father ("the king of thieves") has MacHeath arrested.
Romero (1989)
, 1h42
Directed by John Duigan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Films about religion, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships
Actors Raúl Juliá, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, Harold Gould, Tony Plana, Al Ruscio
Roles Archbishop Oscar Romero
Rating70% 3.5447953.5447953.5447953.5447953.544795
During the 1977 El Salvadoran presidential elections, amid public unrest and a guerrilla uprising, the military regime sends death squads to detain, torture and kill any people who speak out against its human rights record. The Vatican elevates conservative Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Raul Julia) to the position of Archbishop of San Salvador, hoping that he will accept the status quo. Although conservative, Romero is afraid of the government's increasing hostility. After the assassination of Father Rutilio Grande (Richard Jordan), an outspoken Jesuit advocate for the poor, Romero begins to take a stand against the government's policies, prompting the death squads to begin targeting priests.
Moon Over Parador, 1h43
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Monde imaginaire, Politique, Films about television, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, Jonathan Winters, Fernando Rey, Regina Casé
Roles Roberto Strausmann
Rating59% 2.9985752.9985752.9985752.9985752.998575
The film follows the exploits of film actor Jack Noah (Dreyfuss), who is filming in the small, fictional South American country of Parador when Paradorian President Alfonse Simms suddenly dies of a heart attack. Not wanting to lose his position in power, the president's right-hand man, Roberto Strausmann (Juliá) forces Jack to take the 'role of a lifetime' - that of the dead president, as the two men look so much alike. Jack accepts, eventually winning over the people and even the dead president's mistress, Madonna (Braga). However, when paradise proves to be too boring, Jack needs to find a way to get out while keeping Roberto out of the loop.
Tequila Sunrise, 1h55
Directed by Robert Towne
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Raúl Juliá, J. T. Walsh, Gabriel Damon
Roles Commandante Xavier Escalante
Rating60% 3.0002653.0002653.0002653.0002653.000265
Dale "Mac" McKussic (Mel Gibson) is a former drug dealer trying to go straight. His close friend Nick Frescia (Kurt Russell) is a Detective Lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who, in spite of their long-term relationship going back to high school, is duty-bound to bring Mac to justice if he is selling drugs again, as DEA Agent Hal Maguire (J. T. Walsh) believes to be the case.