Evaristo Márquez died from cardiac arrest in Cartagena, Columbia. He was 73.
Born on August 23, 1939, in a family of African descent devoted to agriculture in Palenquera, Márquez became known internationally following his participation in the film “Quemada” (1969) where he co-starred opposite film star, Marlon Brando directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.
Before his involvement with Pontecorvo he was a herdsman and he was illiterate. Márquez appeared in three more movies during the 1970s including his only Euro-western “Lucky Johnny: Born in America (aka Dead Aim) (1975). With the decline of his film career, Márquez returned to work as a herdsman.
Of his experience with Brando, Márquez said "he never made me feel inferior to him, he regarded me as a brother", and "indeed, there was no one like Brando; that way of changing the expression of his face, of his eyes; even more, he was a brave man."
In 2008 Márquez appeared in “Chimbumbe”, a short film shown at the Cartagena Film Festival.
In August 2010 Márquez appeared in “El Tambor Magico”, a short film made by San Basilio de Palenque children.