Thursday, August 11, 2011

Remembering George Rigaud

Pedro Jorge Rigato Delissetche was born on August 11, 1905 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved to France sometime in 1931 where he made his film debut. He would go on to appear in French and Italian films until 1939, when he then moved to the United States and appeared in a few Hollywood films before returning to Argentina. In 1957 he returned to Europe settling in Spain where he continued his film career. He’s best remembered for appearances in such films as "Fantômas" (1931), "Quatorze Juillet" (1932), "Spawn of the North" (1939), "Masquerade in Mexico" (1945), "El Dia de los Enamorados" (1959), "Mi calle" (1960), "Vuelve San Valentin" (1962), "Estanbul 65" (1965) "Tarots" (1972) and "Maravillas" (1980). He appeared in over 195 films and television appearances. Among them 23 Euro-westerns. Rigaud was proficient at playing military officers, officials, townsmen and father figures. He’s probably best remembered as Alastair MacGregor in the two MacGregor films. Other notable appearances include "A Place Called Glory", "A Coffin for the Sheriff" (both 1965) "The Texican" (1966), "Sugar Colt" (1967), "Guns of the Magnificent Seven" (1969), "Whiskey and Ghosts" and "Cipolla Colt" (aka "Spaghetti Western") (both 1976). Rigaud died on January 17, 1984 after being hit by a car crossing a street in Madrid. Today we remember one of the great Spanish character actors, Jorge Rigaud on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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