Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Remembering José María Prada

Born José María Prada Oterino on Marche 31, 1925 in Ocaña, Toledo, Spain. He studied acting at the Compañía del Teatro Español while pursuing a degree in medicine. He became a stage actor in such plays as “Tartufo”, “Romance de lobos” and “El emperador de Asiria” and received awards for his performance in “Richard III”. He made his film debut in 1954's “Comedians” by Juan Antonio Bardem. He had a long career with appearances in such films as “La gran familia” (1961), “The Executioner” (1963), “Aunt Tula” (1964) for which he received an award by the Spanish Cinematography Writers Circle. Other films inculded “Hunt” (1965) and “Ana los lobos” (1972). He was also seen regularly on television during the '60s and '70s for which he received several awards. He appeared with Maria Elena Tejeiro in the series “Pili, the Ideal Secretary” (1975). He began his career in voice dubbing in the early 1950s and was the Spanish voice of Tony Curtis in “The Vikings”, and Dennis Hopper in “Giant”. He would appear in three Eurowesterns, “The Coyote” (1954), “Villa Rides!” (1968) and “Pancho Villa” (1971). He dubbed Abel Salazar in 1954's “The Judgment of the Coyote” and Fernando Hilbeck in “Son of a Gunfighter” (1965). Prada died on August 13, 1978 in Bilbao, Spain. Today we remember José Prada on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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