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Pedro Armendáriz
Born Pedro Gregorio Armendáriz Hastings
May 9, 1912
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died June 18, 1963 (aged 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Years active 1935–1963
Spouse(s) Carmelita Bohr (1917-1963) (his death)

Pedro Armendáriz (May 9, 1912 – June 18, 1963) was a Mexican actor of the Cinema of Mexico and Hollywood.

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Biography

Born Pedro Gregorio Armendáriz Hastings in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico to Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde (Mexican) and Adela Hastings (US-American). He was also the cousin of actress Gloria Marín. Armendáriz lived with his parents in Texas and studied in California, where he graduated with an engineering degree at the California Polytechnic State University.

Acting career

When Armendáriz finished his studies, he moved to Mexico where he worked for the railroad, as a tour guide and as a journalist for the bilingual magazine México Real. He was discovered by film director Miguel Zacarías when Armendáriz recited the soliloquy from Hamlet to an American tourist. He obtained his first role in a movie at the age of 22 and after that he made many films in Mexico, the United States, France, Italy and England. Under the direction of Emilio Fernandez, and with Dolores del Río, represented to the Mexican Cinema in all the world. He received a Silver Ariel Award in 1948 in the category of Best Actor for his role in La Perla and another in 1952 for El Rebozo de Soledad. In 1947, he was the recipient of a Special Ariel for his works.

Armendáriz's last appearance was in the second James Bond film, From Russia with Love (1963) as Bond's ally, Kerim Bey. His son Pedro Armendáriz Jr. is also an actor, who appeared in the James Bond film Licence to Kill in 1989.

However, he was terminally ill with cancer during the filming of From Russia with Love, and towards the end of shooting he was too ill to perform his part, so his final scenes were performed by his double, director Terence Young. [1]

Later life

In 1954, Armendáriz had a role in the film The Conqueror produced by Howard Hughes. This movie was filmed in the state of Utah during the time when the US government ran nuclear tests in the neighboring state of Nevada. 91 of the 220 people involved in the production of the film contracted cancer within 25 years, and 46 of these died as a consequence of this illness. However, in rebuttal, Pilar Wayne later wrote in her autobiography that she did not believe radiation was involved in the deaths of those associated with this film. She mentioned she had visited the set many times as had others and not become sick. Wayne said she believed the real cause of her husband's John's death and the others was their smoking and nothing else.

Armendáriz began to suffer pain in his hips and years later it was discovered that he had cancer in these regions. He learned his condition was terminal while at UCLA Medical Center. He reportedly acted in From Russia with Love while enduring great pain (he visibly limps in most scenes) in order to leave behind financial resources for his family after his impending death. He committed suicide soon after production of that film ended, on June 18, 1963, in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Filmography

Hollywood

Year Film Role Other notes
1947 The Fugitive A lieutenant of police aka El Fugitivo (Mexico)
1948 Fort Apache Sgt. Beaufort as Pedro Armendariz
3 Godfathers Pedro "Pete' Roca Fuerte as Pedro Armendariz
1949 Tulsa Jim Redbird
We Were Strangers Armando Ariete
1950 The Torch José Juan Reyes aka Del odio nace el amor (Mexico)
1954 Border River General Eduardo Calleja
1956 The Littlest Outlaw Gen. Torres
1956 The Conqueror Jamuga as Pedro Armendariz
Diane Francis I
1957 The Big Boodle Col. Mastegui as Pedro Armendariz
1959 The Wonderful Country Cipriano Castro
Little Savage El Tiburón
1961 Francis of Assisi The Sultan
1963 From Russia with Love Kerim Bey as Pedro Armendariz
Captain Sindbad El Kerim as Pedro Armendariz

Italian cinema

Year Film Role Notes
1954 Tom Toms of Mayumba
1956 Uomini e lupi] aka Men and Wolves (USA)
1962 Arrivano i titani Cadmo aka The Titans (USA)

French cinema

Year Film Role Notes
1953 Lucrèce Borgia César Borgia aka Lucretia Borgia
1955 Fortune carrée Igricheff

Mexican cinema

Year Film Role Other notes
1935 Rosario
1936 Irma la mala
María Elena Eduardo
1937 Jalisco nunca pierde
Las cuatro milpas
Amapola del camino Juan Padilla
1938 Los millones de Chaflán
Mi candidato
Canto a mi tierra
La Adelita Sabino Estrada
1939 La reina del río
Una luz en mi camino
El indio
Con los Dorados de Villa
La china Hilaria
1940 Pobre diablo
Los olvidados de Dios
Mala yerba
El jefe máximo
El charro negro (1940)
1941 El zorro de Jalisco
El secreto del sacerdote
Ni sangre, ni arena
1942 Soy puro mexicano
Simón Bolívar
La epopeya del camino
Del rancho a la capital
Allá en el bajío
La isla de la pasión (Clipperton) El Toro
1943 Tierra de pasiones
Konga Roja
Guadalajara Pedro
Distinto amanecer Octavio
Flor Silvestre Jose Luis Castro
1944 La guerra de los pasteles
El corsario negro
Las calaveras del terror
Alma de bronce
Maria Candelaria Lorenzo Rafael
1945 Entre hermanos
El Capitán Malacara
Bugambilia Ricardo Rojas
Las Abandonadas Juan Gomez
1946 Rayando el sol
Enamorada Gen. José Juan Reyes
1947 La casa colorada
Albur de amor
La perla Quino
1948 Juan Charrasqueado
En la hacienda de la flor
Maclovia José María
1949 La malquerida
Year Film Role Other notes
1949 El charro y la dama
Al caer la tarde
El abandonado
1950 Por la puerta falsa
La loca de la casa
Rosauro Castro Rosauro Castro
Vuelve Pancho Villa Pancho Villa
1951 Tierra baja
Por querer a una mujer
Ella y yo
Bodas de fuego Rodolfo Carrera
Camino del infierno Pedro Uribe
1952 Los tres alegres compadres
El rebozo de Soledad
Hambre nuestra de cada día
Carne de presidio
La noche avanza Marcos Arizmendi
1953 El bruto Pedro
El tirano de Toledo Don Blas
1954 Mulata
Dos mundos y un amor
Reto a la vida Diego Maldonado
La rebelión de los colgados Candido Costa
1956 Viva revolución
Canasta de cuentos mexicanos
La Escondida Felipe Rojano
1957 La mujer que no tuvo infancia
Así era Pancho Villa Pancho Villa
Manuela Mario Constanza
1958 Los salvajes
Quiero ser artista
1959 El zarco
Yo pecador
Sed de amor
Café Colón
Ando volando bajo
Flor de mayo Pepe Gamboa
Las Señoritas Vivanco Gen. Inocencio Torrentera
La Cucaracha Coronel Valentín Razo
1960 Verano violento
El impostor
Dos hijos desobedientes
La cárcel de Cananea
Calibre 44
Aquí está Pancho Villa Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa y la Valentina Pancho Villa
Los desarraigados Joe
1961 El indulto
Los hermanos del hierro General
1962 Los valientes no mueren
El tejedor de milagros
1963 La bandida Roberto

References

  1. ^ Roberts, Randy; Olson, James Stuart (1995). "That'll Be The Day". John Wayne: American. Simon and Schuster. p. 412. ISBN 9780029238370. http://books.google.com/books?id=S6XlR9_emRQC&pg=PA412. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 

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