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Tomás Milián is a Actor and Scriptwriter Cubain born on 3 march 1932 at Havana (Cuba)

Tomás Milián

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Birth name Tomás Quintín Rodríguez
Nationality Cuba
Birth 3 march 1932 at Havana (Cuba)
Death 22 march 2017 (at 85 years)

Tomás Milián (born March 3, 1933) is a Cuban-American actor, best known for having worked extensively in Italian films from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.

Biography

Tomás Milián was born in Havana as Tomás Quintín Rodríguez, the son of a Cuban general. His father was arrested and jailed: he later committed suicide on a New Years evening . Milián then decided to leave Cuba and pursue his wishes of being an actor. He settled in the United States to study at New York's Actors Studio and later became an American citizen. Since 1969 he is an Italian citizen too.

Milián resides in Miami, Florida.


Career
After starting a career in the United States, he went to Italy in 1958 to take part to a theatre festival in Spoleto. He eventually decided to relocate to Italy, where he lived for over 25 years, becoming a very successful performer.

His first film part in Italy was in the 1959 picture La notte brava. Although his voice was dubbed most of the time due to his slight accent, Milián performed his lines in Italian (or in English, depending on the film). He initially starred in arthouse movies and worked with directors such as Mauro Bolognini and Luchino Visconti.

After five years of making what he deemed "intellectual" movies, Milián was unhappy with his contract with producer Franco Cristaldi and thought of going back to the United States. Needing money to start over, he took the opportunity to star as a bandit in a spaghetti western called The Bounty Killer. This movie gave his career an unexpected boost, and ultimately resulted in his staying in Italy. Milián soon became a star of the spaghetti western genre, where he often played Mexican bandits or revolutionaries, roles in which he spoke in his real voice. As the spaghetti westerns dwindled, Milián remained a star in many genre films, playing both villains and heroes in various polizieschi movies. He starred with Barbara Bouchet in the giallo Non si sevizia un paperino.

He later turned to comedy, playing the recurrent characters of petty thief Monnezza and Serpico-like police officer Nico Giraldi in a variety of crime-comedy pictures. Although his voice was dubbed most of the time by Ferruccio Amendola, Milián wrote his own lines in Roman slang. Milián's inventive use of romanesco (Roman dialect) made him somewhat of a cult performer in Italy. Bruno Corbucci, the director of many of these films commented, "At the cinemas as soon as Tomás Milián appeared on the screen, when he made a wisecrack and in the heaviest situations, then it was a pandemonium, it was like being at the stadium." As Milián used similar makeups and accents in portraying both characters, Monnezza and Nico were occasionally confused by Italian audiences, who sometimes referred erroneously to them both as Monnezza, or Er Monnezza (Da trash in slang), and still closely associate Milián with these performances.

Milián also appeared in non-genre pictures, such as Bernardo Bertolucci's La Luna, for which he won a Nastro d'Argento for Best supporting Actor, and Michelangelo Antonioni's Identification of a Woman.

As he grew older, Milián decided to go back to the United States. He appeared in Sidney Pollack's Havana, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Steven Soderbergh's Traffic as well as Andy García's The Lost City, about Revolutionary Cuba. He has also played many roles on stage.

In 2005, he portrayed Generalisimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina in the film version of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel The Feast of the Goat.

Best films

Havana (1990)
(Actor)

Usually with

Bruno Corbucci
Bruno Corbucci
(16 films)
Mario Amendola
Mario Amendola
(17 films)
Umberto Lenzi
Umberto Lenzi
(6 films)
Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(12 films)
Bombolo
Bombolo
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tomás Milián (100 films)

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Actor

The Lost City, 2h23
Directed by Andy García
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Gangster films
Actors Andy García, Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Danny Pino, Inés Sastre, Tomás Milián
Roles Don Federico Fellove
Rating66% 3.34853.34853.34853.34853.3485
Fico Fellove is the owner of El Tropico, a swank nightclub in late 1950s. Fico lives for his family and his music, but the harsh realities of a dictatorial regime threaten to destroy both. His brother Ricardo becomes a revolutionary while his other brother Luis joins the democratic opposition while his father Federico, a well-respected university professor, believes that Batista should be replaced by constitutional means.
Ambush
Ambush (2001)
, 1h4
Directed by Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, John Woo, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Joe Carnahan, Guy Ritchie, Tony Scott, John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Tomás Milián, Forest Whitaker, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Madonna
Roles Elderly Cuban
Rating71% 3.5961453.5961453.5961453.5961453.596145
The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays "The Driver," a man who goes from place to place (in BMW automobiles), getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs.
Traffic
Traffic (2000)
, 2h28
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Musical, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Political films
Actors Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tomás Milián
Roles Gen. Arturo Salazar
Rating75% 3.7983353.7983353.7983353.7983353.798335
Mexico storyline In Mexico, police officer Javier Rodriguez (del Toro) and his partner Manolo Sanchez (Vargas) stop a drug transport and arrest the couriers. Their arrest is interrupted by General Salazar (Milian), a high-ranking Mexican official who decides to hire Javier. Salazar instructs him to apprehend Francisco Flores (Collins), a hitman for the Tijuana Cartel, headed by the Obregón brothers.
The Yards
The Yards (2000)
, 1h55
Directed by James Gray
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway
Roles Manuel Sequiera
Rating63% 3.199013.199013.199013.199013.19901
Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg) rides the subway to his mother's house in Queens, New York, where she throws a surprise party in honor of his parole. His cousin Erica (Charlize Theron) is at the party with her boyfriend Willie Gutierrez (Joaquin Phoenix). Willie takes Leo aside and thanks him for serving time in prison, implying that Leo had taken a fall for their gang of friends.
Amistad
Amistad (1997)
, 2h28
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Seafaring films, Films about racism, Transport films, Political films
Actors Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Nigel Hawthorne, Stellan Skarsgård
Roles Calderon
Rating72% 3.64843.64843.64843.64843.6484
Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans captured in Sierra Leone who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinqué, a leader of the Africans, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. The mutineers spare the lives of two Spanish navigators to help them sail the ship back to Africa. Instead, the navigators deceive the Africans and sail north to the east coast of the United States, where the ship is stopped by the American navy and the 44 living Africans imprisoned as runaway slaves. In an unfamiliar country and not speaking a word of English, it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors. A lawyer named Baldwin, hired by the abolitionist Tappan and his black associate Joadson (a fictional character) decides to take their case, arguing that the Africans had been captured in Africa to be sold in the Americas illegally, and therefore were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. With help from James Covey, who speaks both Mende and English, Baldwin is able to start communicating with Cinque. The judge rules in favor of the Africans, but the case is eventually appealed to the Supreme Court. At this point, former U.S. President John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release, and is successful.
Fools Rush In, 1h49
Directed by Andy Tennant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality
Actors Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Jon Tenney, Carlos Gómez, Tomás Milián
Roles Tomas Fuentes
Rating60% 3.0004253.0004253.0004253.0004253.000425
Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) is an architect from New York City who is sent to Las Vegas to supervise the construction of a nightclub that his firm has been hired to build. Alex is a strait-laced WASP-ish type who, while enjoying a night on the town, meets Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek), a free-spirited Mexican-American photographer. Alex and Isabel are overtaken by lust at first sight and end up spending the night together; however, their immediate attraction doesn't last in the cold light of day, and they don't see each other for another three months. When they do meet again, it's because Isabel has some interesting news for Alex: She's pregnant with his child. Alex and Isabel decide that they should do the right thing and quickly get married (with an Elvis impersonator serving as witness), but after Isabel meets Alex's mom (Jill Clayburgh) and Alex is confronted by Isabel's father (Tomas Milian), both start to wonder if "doing the right thing" was just that, especially as Alex tries to balance his career in New York with Isabel's desire to continue working in Nevada.
The Burning Season, 2h3
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
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
Rating72% 3.639213.639213.639213.639213.63921
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.
The Cowboy Way, 1h47
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Western
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Buddy films
Actors Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson, Cara Buono, Marg Helgenberger
Roles Manny Huerta
Rating57% 2.899442.899442.899442.899442.89944
The Cowboy Way follows two championship rodeo stars and lifelong best friends, Pepper Lewis (Woody Harrelson) and Sonny Gilstrap (Kiefer Sutherland) as they travel from New Mexico to New York in search of their missing friend, Nacho Salazar, who came to the city to pay for his daughter's trip to the U.S. from Cuba. When they discover that he's been murdered, the pair set out to find the killer.
JFK
JFK (1991)
, 3h9
Directed by Oliver Stone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Assassinat, Films about families, Politique, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Laurie Metcalf, Beata Poźniak
Roles Leopoldo
Rating79% 3.9988053.9988053.9988053.9988053.998805
The film opens with newsreel footage, including the farewell address in 1961 of outgoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, warning about the build-up of the "military-industrial complex". This is followed by a summary of John F. Kennedy's years as president, emphasizing the events that, in Stone's thesis, would lead to his assassination. This builds to a reconstruction of the assassination on November 22, 1963. New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison subsequently learns about potential links to the assassination in New Orleans. Garrison and his team investigate several possible conspirators, including private pilot David Ferrie, but are forced to let them go after their investigation is publicly rebuked by the federal government. Kennedy's suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is killed by Jack Ruby, and Garrison closes the investigation.
Money
Money (1991)
, 1h45
Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Eric Stoltz, Christopher Plummer, Maryam d'Abo, Bruno Cremer, Mario Adorf, F. Murray Abraham
Roles Robert Zarra
Rating56% 2.8204152.8204152.8204152.8204152.820415
Frank Cimballi (Eric Stoltz) is a rich 21-year-old who goes to claim his inheritance only to find it has been embezzled by his father's former business partners. Traveling the globe in search of the white-collar thieves who have robbed him of millions, Frank locates his father's seriously ill associate Will Scarlet (F. Murray Abraham), who admits to his role in the crime and agrees to help Frank track down the rest of the men on his revenge list.
Revenge
Revenge (1990)
, 2h4
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Miguel Ferrer, John Leguizamo, Joaquín Martínez
Roles Cesar
Rating62% 3.101093.101093.101093.101093.10109
Michael J. "Jay" Cochran is a retiring United States Naval Aviator who, after 12 years in the service, wants to relax and live one day at a time. He goes to Mexico, accepting a matched pair of Beretta shotguns and an invitation from his wealthy friend Tiburon "Tibey" Mendez to spend time at his hacienda in Mexico. Tibey is a powerful crime boss, constantly surrounded by bodyguards.