Monday, May 30, 2011

Remembering Carlos Otero

Carlos Otero Dos Santos Pereira was born on May 30, 1916 in Lisbon, Portugal. He studies dramatic arts at the National Academy of Sports of Saint Benedict in 1941. A classmate introduced Carlos to director who was looking for someone to cast in "Lobos da Serra" (1942). Otero received good reviews but his dream of entering the world of the cinema was short lived after his second film "The Courtyard of the Ballads" (1942) received much criticism. He abandoned his acting career and became an electrician. He became a crew member for three years on the ship ‘Pero de Swindon’ and sailed to the U.S.A., South America and Africa. He re-entered films in 1946 with an appearance in "Cais do Sodré". He then appeared in a number of films before relocating in Barcelona, Spain where he had a long film career and marrying actress Isabel del Castro [1931-2005) from 1950 until 1964. Otero was often billed as Charlets Otter and appeared in nine Euro-westerns such as "The Coyote" (1955) and "Judgment of the Coyote" (1956), "Who Killed Johnny R.?" (1966) and is probably best remembered as the barber in Giuliano Gemma’s "The Long Day of Vengeance" (1967). Carlos died on August 29, 1979 in Ibiza, Spain. Today we remember Carlos Otero on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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