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  • Raul Julia

    Born on March 9, 1940 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

awards & nominations

The Burning Season (1994)

Raul Julia as "Chico Mendes"

Based on real events, this film recounts the story of Chico Mendes (Raul Julia), a laborer in the Brazilian Amazon who rebels against his employers. Aware that workers are being exploited, Mendes attempts to unionize his compatriots for better wages and conditions. Since developers aim to cut away vast swaths of the rain forest in order to make the area more accessible for industry, Mendes decides to make a stand for the environment as well. But Mendes' activism makes him a target.

Emmy (Primetime) (1995) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (1994) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1994) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Moon Over Parador (1988)

Raul Julia as "Roberto Strausmann"

When the iron-fisted ruler of a small African nation dies, his top aide, Roberto Strausmann (Raul Julia), will do anything to avoid a regime change, so he recruits struggling film actor Jack Noah (Richard Dreyfuss) to pose as the deceased political leader. Jack looks just like the man he's portraying, and, with Strausmann's expert instruction, he successfully fools the world. But as Jack falls for ravishing humanitarian Madonna Mendez (Sonia Braga), he decides to use his influence for good.

Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

Raul Julia as "Valentin Arregui"

In a prison cell somewhere in Latin America, two very different men warily confront each other. Molina (William Hurt) is first seen wrapping his head in a towel, in the shape of a turban, while Valentin (Raul Julia), bearded and classically macho in appearance, watches with a mixture of fascination and revulsion. During the time spent together, the two men come to understand and respect each other.

Golden Globe (1985) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Tempest (1982)

Raul Julia as "Kalibanos"

Based on Shakespeare's famed play, this modern update finds American architect Phillip Dimitrius (John Cassavetes) splitting from his wife, Antonia (Gena Rowlands), and relocating to a Greek island. Joining him is his new lover, Aretha Tomalin (Susan Sarandon), and his daughter, Miranda (Molly Ringwald), as well as the island's only other resident, the reclusive Kalibanos (Raul Julia). Eventually more people arrive, and they just happen to be Antonia and her new boyfriend, with his son in tow.

Golden Globe (1982) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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