Friday, November 2, 2018

RIP Álvaro de Luna

Prolific film, TV, stage actor Álvaro de Luna died of liver cancer today November 2, 2018. He was 83. Born in Madrid on April 10, 1935, he studied medicine and he was aroused for a desire to become an actor.. He started as a voice dubber, which gave him the opportunity to work in Hollywood. He dubbed tapes of westerns in productions by the Italian Dino de Laurentiis and action scenes for Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis in the Spartacus, by Stanley Kubrick (1960), and for Anthony Quinn in the Barabbas, by Richard Fleischer (1962). After five years as a professional in this field outside of Spain (France, North Africa, Yugoslavia and Italy), De Luna devoted himself entirely to interpreting, especially on television and Spanish cinemas. In the decade of the 1960 he acted in films like Objetivo: Las estrellas (1963); The Mask of Scaramouche (1963), Aventuras del Oeste (1965), by Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent; Las que tienen que sevir (1967); Gunmen of the Rio Grande (1965) and Navajo Joe (1966). In the seventies and eighties his film career became more discontinuous, with collaborations with Mariano Ozores or Jaime de Armiñán, among others. However, popularity came first through television: the Curro Jiménez series captivated Spanish homes with those noble bandits that hid the Serranía de Ronda in Spain occupied by the French. His career also came to the theater, where he highlights his role in the adaptation of The Son of the Bride with Tina Sáinz.

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