Sunday, June 16, 2013

RIP Evaristo Márquez

Evaristo Marquez, Columbian actor who shared the screen with Marlon Brando
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.

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