Thursday, January 30, 2014

Remembering Andres Mejuto

Severino Andrés Mejuto was born on January 30, 1909 in Olivenza, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. At fifteen years-old he makes his debut in the world of theatre, and in 1931 starred for the first time in a work: “Los cuernos de Don Friolera”. He then joined the company La Barraca of Federico García Lorca. At the end of the Spanish Civil War he moved to Argentina, where he joined the Society of Margarita Xirgu. This is the time when appeared in his first films, including in Argentina, “Inspiración” (1946), “El gran amor de Bécquer” (1946), “La copla de la Dolores” (1947) and “La barca sin pescador” (1950).
He returned to Spain in 1957, and continued his acting career in film, theater and television.
Mejuto appeared in some international titles such as “Chimes at Midnight” (1965), by Orson Welles and such Euro-western: “The Fury of Johnny Kid (1966), directed by Gianni Puccini, “Zorro the Lawman” (1969) directed by Rafael Romero Marchent, “A Bullet for Sandoval” directed by Julio Buchs, “Santana Kills Them All” (1970) directed by Rafael Romero Marchant and  “Those Damned Pounds of Gold” (1973), directed by Rafael Romero Marchent and “The Prey of Vultures” (1973) directed again by Rafael Romero Marchant. As for strictly Spanish films he appeared inSor Citroen” (1967), and “La escopeta nacional” (1978), by de Luis García Berlanga, along with other titles that allow you to display his dramatic talent.
During these years he also continued his stage career with appearances in “Don Juan Tenorio” (1956), by José Zorrilla, “Tiestes” (1956), by Séneca, “Proceso de Jesús” (1956), by Diego Fabbri, “Una muchachita de Valladolid” (1958), by Joaquín Calvo Sotelo, “Los años del Bachillerato” (1960), by José André Lecour, “El milagro de Anna Sullivan” (1961), by William Gibson, “Delito en la Isla de las Cabras” (1962), by Hugo Betti, “A Electra le sienta bien el luto” (1965), by Eugene O'Neill, “Oficio de tinieblas” (1967), by Alfonso Sastre, “Flor de Santidad” (1973), by Adolfo Marsillach, “1 La doble historia del doctor Valmy” (1976), “Jueces en la noche” (1979) both by Buero Vallejo, “Lisístrata” (1980), by Aristófanes, “El corto vuelo del gallo” (1980), by Jaime Salom, “El pato Silvestre” (1982), by Ibsen, “Tito Andrónico” (1983), by Shakespeare, “La Orestíada” (1990) by Esquilo and “Voces de gesta (1991), by Valle-Inclán, just seventeen days before his death.
He was also one of the actors seen in the early years of Spanish TV, with notable performances in dozens of works including ‘Study 1’, ‘Novela’, “Teatro de siempre”, ‘Hora once’ and ‘Los Mitos’.
On February 21, 1991 Andrés died from postoperative complications after gallbladder surgery.
Today we remember Andrés Mejuto on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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