Friday, November 2, 2018

RIP Álvaro de Luna

The actor Álvaro de Luna dies, the Algarrobo of 'Curro Jiménez'

El Pais

The actor Álvaro de Luna, known for his role as Algarrobo in the series Curro Jiménez, has died this morning at age 83 due to liver cancer complications he has been dragging for some time, according to his wife, Carmen Barajas, confirmed to EL COUNTRY. His remains will be transferred to the funeral home of the M30.

Álvaro de Luna was born on April 10, 1935 in Madrid, where he studied medicine and where he also aroused his desire for interpretation. He started as a specialist, which gave him the opportunity to work in Hollywood. He dubbed tapes of the old West in productions by the Italian Dino de Laurentiis and action scenes for Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis in the Spartacus, by Stanley Kubrick (1960), and for Anthony Quinn in the Barabbas, by Richard Fleischer (1962).

After five years as a professional in this field outside of Spain (France, North Africa, Yugoslavia and Italy), De Luna devoted himself entirely to interpreting, especially on television and Spanish cinemas. In the decade of the 60 acted in films like Objective: The stars (1963); The mask of Scaramouche (1963), Aventuras del Oeste (1965), by Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent; Those that have to serve (1967); o Challenge in Rio Bravo "(1965) and Navajo Joe (1966).

In the seventies and eighties his film career became more discontinuous, with collaborations with Mariano Ozores or Jaime de Armiñán, among others. However, popularity came first through television: the Curro Jiménez series captivated Spanish homes with those noble bandits that hid the Serranía de Ronda in Spain occupied by the French. It premiered on December 22, 1976 on TVE where it was broadcast for two years and was in charge of directors such as Rovira Veleta, Mario Camus, Romero Marchent or Pilar Miró, among others. A role that has marked him throughout his career. "Surely if I had not done the Algarrobo would not be the actor I am today," recalled the actor on numerous occasions.

In television he is also known for his role in Farmacia de Guardia, where he played the role of Carlos, the boyfriend of Lourdes, the one in charge of the pharmacy. His career linked to television has lasted until recently. One of his last works has been his appearance in the production of Telecinco Sé quién eres.

His career also came to the theater, where he highlights his role in the adaptation of The Son of the Bride with Tina Sáinz, performance in which he was proud in statements to EL PAÍS.

De LUNA, Álvaro (Álvaro de Luna Blanco)
Born: 4/10/1935, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 11/2/2018,

Alvaro de Luna’ westerns – actor:
Torrejón City – 1962 (saloon patron)
Gunmen of the Rio Grande – 1964 (Williams henchman)
A Fistful of Dollars – 1964 (Rojo gang member)
Hour of Death – 1964 (Burns)
Minnesota Clay – 1964
A Fistful of Knuckles – 1965 (Sergeant Black)
In a Colt’s Shadow – 1965
Kid Rodelo – 1965
Seven Hours of Gunfire - 1965 (Utter)
Shoot to Kill – 1965 (henchman)
The Christmas Kid – 1966 (Burt Froelich) [as Al Luno]
The Hellbenders – 1966 (Bixby)
The Man from Nowhere – 1966 (Watch henchman)
Navajo Joe – 1966 (Sancho Ramirez)
Day of Anger – 1967 (Wild Jack henchman)
For a Few Dollars More – 1967 (Paco)
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! – 1967 (outlaw)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer – 1967 (deputy sheriff)
For a Few Bullets More – 1967 (Aguador)
Cemetery Without Crosses – 1968 (deputy)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer – 1968 (deputy)
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! - 1968 (bandit)
The Mercenary – 1968 (Ramón)
Cemetery Without Crosses – 1969 (deputy sheriff)
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid – 1969 (Bad Jim henchman)
Companeros! – 1970 (John’s henchman)       
Sabata the Killer – 1970 (Garfield henchman)
Sartana Kills Them All – 1970 (Patrick Kirby)
Sonny and Jed – 1972 (sheriff)         
Revenge of the Black Wolf - 1981

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