Thursday, March 24, 2011

Remembering José Bodalo

José Bódalo Zúffoli was born on March 24, 1916 in Córdoba, Argentina. He was the son of actress Eugenia Zúffoli and singer José Bódalo and born during his family’s artistic tour of South America. José studied medicine at the University of Madrid but after the Spanish Civil War he emigrated with his family to Venezuela where he worked on radio Caracas as an announcer and also played soccer. His first theatrical appearance was in 1940 in his parents "Madres frente a la guerra" which was a road production across Latin America. In 1947 he again returned to Spain and appeared as a villain on stage and made his first film "Alhucemas" directed by José López Rubio. He would go on to become one of the most important actors in Spanish film, theater and television appearing in over 50 films and for nearly thirty years was one of the most common faces on Spanish TV. Bódalo appeared in 10 Euro-westerns with his role as General Hugo Rodriguez in 1966's "Django" his best remembered. Other titles include, "A Train for Durango" (1968), "The Dead are Countless" and "One After the Other" both in 1969, "Companeros" (1970), "Captain Apache" (1971). Bodalo died in Madrid, Spain on July 24, 1985. Today we remember José Bódalo on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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