Raul Julia made his name on Broadway with plays like Two Gentlemen of Verona, Where’s Charley? and Nine – earning Tony nominations – before transitioning into Hollywood where he would go on to portray dramatic heroes and memorable villains for major movies and TV-movies, including two Addams Family flicks in which he appeared as Gomez Addams (two times).
Early Life and Education
Julia began his acting career while growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, participating in local playhouse productions. While his family wanted him to pursue law studies instead, his dreams lay with stage acting; eventually moving to New York City in 1964 in pursuit of that pursuit and quickly landing off-Broadway productions.
Robert Loggia played Edmund in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Othello; for these performances alone he earned four Tony Award nominations.
He gradually transitioned to film and television roles. His performances as passionate political prisoner in Kiss of the Spider Woman, as well as Gomez Addams from The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, proved both critically acclaimed and box office successes.
Raul Julia was a Puerto Rican actor best known for portraying Gomez Addams in the Addams Family films. Born March 9, 1940 and passed away due to complications related to a stroke on October 20, 1994.
His mother was a mezzo-soprano and his father an electrical engineer from Trine University. While their family did not approve of his acting ambitions, he took up acting with Lamplighters Theatre Company.
At Broadway he earned a Tony Award nomination as both Dracula and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew in 1978, performing roles that earned him multiple Tonys nominations. Television roles included Love of My Life and Sesame Street, with additional work for Hunger Project supporting monthly donations as a narrator of bilingual videos about its organization.
Achievement and Honors
After making his mark on the New York theater scene, Julia made waves in Hollywood by performing in numerous film and television productions – becoming known for both dramatic and comedic roles.
Julia earned numerous prestigious awards and nominations throughout his life. His outstanding talent and versatile performances won him accolades that will remain part of cinematic history forever.
Tony Award nominations came for his roles in Broadway plays Two Gentlemen of Verona, Where’s Charley?, Nine and The Threepenny Opera. On-screen roles ranged from political prisoners and memorable villains – such as Gomez Addams from Addams Family movies 1 & 2.
Raul Julia was an actor known for his stage performances. Additionally, he was an accomplished singer and activist; passionate about human rights and philanthropy he made monthly donations to The Hunger Project while appearing as a narrator in numerous bilingual videos on behalf of this organization.
Julia was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Olga Arcelay a mezzo-soprano singer mother and an electrical engineer father, graduating from Colegio San Ignacio Jesuit high school and moving to New York in 1964 to work in lounges and nightclubs; earning his Actors Equity card by performing with Phoebe Brand’s mobile theatre that presented plays in low income neighborhoods around New York; becoming part of Phoebe Brand’s mobile theatre, performing plays in low-income neighborhoods of New York; joined Phoebe Brand’s mobile theatre troupe performing plays throughout New York; earned his Actors Equity card by performing with Phoebe Brand’s mobile theatre which performed plays that went straight into low-income neighborhoods of New York; his Broadway career included roles such as bookie Charley Wykeham (Where’s Charley?) 1974; chilling Mack the Knife in revival of The Threepenny Opera 1976 revival; film director for Nine. Additionally he performed memorable villainous and memorable villainous characters throughout film and made-for-TV movie projects throughout his career in many film and made-for-TV movie appearances both films and made-for-TV movie genre films and made-for-TV movie roles with success!
Raul Julia died at 54 due to complications arising from a stroke that left him unconscious, placed on life support for four days and unresponsive.
Born 9-Mar-40 in Floral Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Julia developed an early passion for acting. After studying drama in university he went on to work professionally in theater under Joseph Papp at New York Shakespeare Festival as Macduff in Macbeth, Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Edmund in King Lear.
He made his film debut as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel. Additionally, he appeared in films such as One from the Heart, The Burning Season, and Down Came a Blackbird.