Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ José Luis Baviera

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

José Luis Baviera Navarro was born in Valencia, Spain on August 17, 1906. He began his career as a doctor and later was a soldier stationed in the Spanish colonies in Africa rising to the rank of Captain. In 1940 he emigrated to Mexico along with other actors. He portrayed Pontius Pilate in four Mexican films: “Jesus of Nazareth” (1942), “Mary Magdalene” (1945), “Queen of Queens” (1945), and “The Martyr of Calvary” (1952) with Enrique Rambal.  José appeared in more than 190 films and television shows between 1924 and 1979. He starred in Luis Buñuel's 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel”. Baviera also did some film dubbing and was the Spanish voice of George J. Lewis in the 1957 Disney TV series ‘Zorro’ and the movie taken from the series “The Sign of the Fox” in 1958.

Baviera was married to actress Elena D'Orgaz (María Elena Delgado y Andrade) [1911-1947] from 1943 until her death in 1947 from peritonitis.

In 1981 he died of cardiac arrest in Mexico City at the age of 75.

Baviera appeared in two Euro-westerns; as Don Alvaro in 1965’s “Viva Maria!” directed by Louis Malle and starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau and in 1966’s “La guerrillera de Villa” (The Warriors of Pancho Villa) directed by Miguel Morayta and starring Carmen Sevilla, Julio Alemán and Vicente Parra.

BAVIERA, José (José Luis Baviera Navarro) [8/17/1906, Valencia, Valencia, Spain - 8/13/1981, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico] – director, writer, film, TV actor.

Viva Maria! – 1965 (Don Alvaro)

The Warriors of Pancho Villa – 1966

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