Raul Julia

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  • Birth Name: Raúl Rafael Carlos Juliá y Arcelay
  • Birth Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Died: October 24, 1994
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Began his acting career when he was cast as the devil in a play by his first grade class.
  • Went into show business against the wishes of his parents who wanted him to go to law school and take over the family business from his father, who was the first restaurateur to bring pizza over to Puerto Rico.
  • Discovered while performing at a nightclub by American actor Orson Bean, who encouraged Julia to move to New York and study acting. 
  • Had a long-running interest in Shakespeare's work and had a well-known association with both the New York Shakespeare Festival and the festival's founder, Joseph Papp.
  • Was an active member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, an organization that now awards an annual Raul Julia HOLA Founders Award in his honor.
  • Longtime supporter of and spokesperson for The Hunger Project, a foundation to end worldwide hunger and food shortage.
  • Passed away from complications from a stroke at the age of 54.
  • Posthumously won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his work in The Burning Season.

Awards

  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1972, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1977, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1975, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Winner

Relationships

  • Maria — Sister
  • Benjamin Julia — Son
  • Olga Arcelay — Mother
  • Raúl Juliá Sr. — Father
  • Merel Poloway — Wife
  • Olga — Sister
  • Magda Vasallo — Ex-wife
  • Raul Julia Jr. — Son

College

  • University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (BA in Drama)
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  • Birth Name: Raúl Rafael Carlos Juliá y Arcelay
  • Birth Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Died: October 24, 1994
  • Profession: Actor