Friday, October 26, 2012

Remembering Virgilio Teixeria

Virgilio Gomes Delgado Teixeira was born on October 26, 1917 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Teixeira was an avid sportsman especially swimming, tennis and soccer. He debuted in films at the age of 26 in “O Costa de Castelo” (1943) and had his first leading role two years later in “José do Telhado”. From there he became one of Portugal’s most beloved and respected actors and a matinee heartthrobs. His good looks were quick to draw the attention of producers in Spain and Hollywood and he became as equally or more popular in Spain and appeared in several Spanish films. Virgilio appeared in such American films as “Alexander the Great” (1956), “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), and the U.S./Spanish co-production “Return of the Seven” (1966). His other Euro-western was in "The Sign of Zorro" (1963) with Sean Flynn under the alias John Teixeira. Virgilio left films in 1967 to become a staple on television only to return in 1984. In all Virgilio made over 90 films, and more than 150 television appearances. Among other functions,  he was a delegate to the Portuguese Society of Authors in Funchal, councilman of Culture of the PSD in the CM Funchal (1980-83). Married four times he had four children. Virgilio died on December 5, 2101 in his home town of Funchal from a respiratory ailment. Today we remember Virgilio Teixeira on what would have been his 95th birthday.


  1. Awesome! Thanks for this post. It's sad how many people in Portugal don't know this man

  2. a great actor and a gentleman. His film "José do Telhado" made a huge sucess in Portugal and the older generations know him very well. Thanks, Tom.