Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Remembering Roberto Font

Roberto Font was born Roberto Font Donís on October 21, 1904 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The son of actor Enrique Font and actress Elisa Donís he was born in a dressing room between acts one and two ofEl rey que rabió” while his parents were on tour. Roberto appeared on stage a few months later in his mother’s arms in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.
When he was twenty-two, Roberto, a sailor, abandoned the trade and followed the path to the theater. He came to Spain in 1926 and made his film debut in 1935’sAmor en maniobras”. He alternated between film and theater. He appeared in “El pobre rico”, “Gracia y justicia”, “Un drama Nuevo” and “Fray torero” among others.
Returning to Latin America, he worked in the company of Maria Felix before returning to Spain once again in 1957, after six years in the land of his birth. Besides his appearances in film and television, Roberto Font returned to work in the theater. Specifically, he played a role in“La sirena varada”  Alejandro Casona. He also made several comedies and trajedies.
Font appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Epitaph for a Fast Gun” (1965) and again in “Yankee Dudler” (1973) in the role of August Keller.
Roberto died on June 16, 1981 in Madrid, Spain at the age of 76.
Today we remember Roberto Font on what would have been his 110th birthday.

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