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Raul Julia

Raul Julia


3/9/1940, San Juan, Puerto Rico



Birth Name

Raul Rafael Carlos Julia y Arcelay



Also Known As

Raúl Julia
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Raul Julia was a Puerto Rican actor and humanitarian. He was born March 9, 1940, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and passed away October 24, 1994, due to a combination of weakness from surgery, possible stomach cancer, and food poisoning from sushi. Julia began acting at a young…more


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  • Trivia

    • In 1995, Raul won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
      for: The Burning Season (1994).

    • In 1985, Raul won the NBR Award for Best Actor for: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).

    • In 1992, Raul was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
      for: The Addams Family (1991). He shared the nomination with Anjelica Huston.

    • In 1998, Raul received the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

    • In 1983, Raul was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture for: Tempest (1982).

    • In 1986, Raul was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).

    • In 1989, Raul was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
      for: Moon Over Parador (1988).

    • In 1995, Raul won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
      for: The Burning Season (1994).

    • In 1995, Raul won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special playing Chico Mendes on The Burning Season (1994).

    • In 1993, Raul was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actor
      for: The Addams Family (1991).

    • In 1995, Raul was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
      for: Street Fighter (1994).

    • Raul appeared in print ads for Puerto Rico Tourism Board in 1989.

    • Raul was directed by fellow Shakespearean actor and friend, Richard Jordan in Macbeth at the Public Theater in New York.

    • Raul appeared as his Addams Family character "Gomez Addams" in Hammer's "Addams Groove" music video (1991).

    • Raul was nominated for four Best Actor (Musical) Tony Awards: in 1972, for playing "Valentine" in Two Gentlemen of Verona, in 1975 for a revival of Where's Charley?, in 1977, for playing Macheath in a revival of The Threepenny Opera, and in 1982 for Nine. Unfortunately, he never won.

    • Raul died while in a coma just days before his last theatrical movie, Street Fighter (1994), was finished. That film was dedicated to his memory.

    • Raul earned a B.A. in drama from University of Puerto Rico.

    • Raul is buried at Buxeda Cemetary (Cemetario Buxeda) in Cupey, Puerto Rico.

    • Raul's film debut was in 1971's Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

    • Raul was a passionate supporter of The Hunger Project, a foundation devoted to the elimination of world hunger. For 17 years, he served as the Project's spokesperson.

    • Raul was a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity in Puerto Rico.

    • Raul's father was the pioneer of bringing pizza to Puerto Rico when he added it to the menu of his already popular fried chicken restaurant. Raul himself hailed that the pizza served in his family's restaurant was "the best you've ever eaten." His father's business success offered him an economic support that ensured him excellent schooling and the means to follow his own dreams.

    • Raul was the Godfather of writer Mylo Carbia.

    • Raul married twice in his life. First to Magda Vasallo from 1965 till 1969. Then to Merel Poloway from 1976 until his death on October 24, 1994.

    • After Raul's death in New York, his resting body was transported to Puerto Rico where two honoring ceremonies were held at Colegio San Ignacio High School and at the Headquarters of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture prior to his burial.

    • In 1990, Raul was awarded by school authorities at his old alma mater the Ignatius Medal which is selectively honored to outstanding alumni in recognition of their contribution to social justice and community service.

    • Raul graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active in student dramatics.

    • Raul was 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

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