Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Remembering Tito Garcia

Pablo García González was born on August 17, 1931 in Salamanca, Salamanca, Castilla y León Spain. In his younger days González lived in Gijon and was a bullfighter for six years. He moved to Madrid where he was asked to play a role in the film "Pelusa" (1961) directed by Javier Setó. He enjoyed the experience so much he decided to devote his career to becoming an actor. Known by the public as Tito Garcia, he became one of Spain’s most recognizable character actors for the next 30 years. He would appear in more than 135 films and TV appearances. His size and rough looks made him perfect for villains and most of his roles were as Mexican bandits, thugs and henchman. In the ‘70s he devoted most of his time to television. His final film was as Tonito in "800 Bullets" (2002) directed by Álex de la Iglesia. Tito appeared in 40 Euro-westerns during his career such as: ""Bullets Don’t Argue" (1964), "Finger on the Trigger", "In a Colt’s Shadow" (both 1965), "Seven Magnificent Guns" (1966) "The Ugly Ones", "Up the MacGregors" (both 1967), "A Train for Durango", "The Mercenary" (1968), "Companeros" (1970), "A Town Called Hell", ‘Catlow", "Blindman" (all 1971), "The Fat Brothers of Trinity", "Shanghai Joe" (both 1973), "Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro" (1975). Tito died from a heart attack on May 6, 2003 in Madrid. Today we remember one of the great Spanish character actors on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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