Alejandro Rey

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Alejandro Rey
Born(1930-02-08)February 8, 1930
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DiedMay 21, 1987(1987-05-21) (aged 57)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1953–86
Spouse(s)Cristina Rudy (1966–68)
Joyce Bowman Rey (1969–80)

Alejandro Rey (February 8, 1930 – May 21, 1987) was an Argentine-American actor and television director. He emigrated to the United States in 1960, later became a United States citizen, and gained his widest acclaim there. He had a son, Brandon, with his former wife Joyce Rey.


Early work[edit]

Rey was born in Buenos Aires and studied acting under Hedwig Schlichter and Milagros de la Vega. He became known as an actor in Argentine movies. In 1957, he participated in the film El Diablo de vacaciones, directed by Ferruccio Cerio, with Nelly Panizza and Ana María Cassan, embarking on the ship Yapeyu to travel around the world, but filming did not conclude.[1] In 1960 he began working with Ana Casares forming the main couple of the television program "Maria Trastorno y yo", but within three months production had to be interrupted, after he was hired in the United States for a small role in Battle at Bloody Beach.[2]


Rey was most famous for his roles in movies such a Fun in Acapulco with Elvis Presley (1963), where although he receives no credit, his time on screen corresponds to that of a starring role. His only credited lead came later in the film The Stepmother (1972). On television, his best known role was that of casino owner and playboy Carlos Ramirez in The Flying Nun (1967–70), which became an international success. He also had memorable supporting and leading roles in two episodes of Thriller entitled "Guillotine" (1961) and "La Strega" (1962). In 1961, he made a guest appearance on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason as murder victim and title character Vincent Danielli in "The Case of the Injured Innocent". He played a South American patriot in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode "The Mist of Silence". He portrayed a Spanish sergeant on a 1966 episode of Daniel Boone. He also appeared in a season one episode of The Fugitive entitled "Smoke Screen".[3]

Rey was part of an episode of Route 66, as a jai alai player in Florida, and brother to one of Fidel Castro's junior officers hoping to be reunited with his brother. Rey remained busy, playing the role of Karl Duval on Days of Our Lives from 1976 to 1977. He was also a frequent panelist on the game shows Tattletales, He Said, She Said, Hollywood Squares and Match Game. He appeared as part of an ensemble cast in William Peter Blatty's film, The Ninth Configuration (1980). In 1986, he played Captain Luis Rueda on Dallas. He also directed for television, with credits on Villa Allegre, The Facts of Life and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1953 Dock Sud
1954 Guacho
1956 Graciela Friend
Enigma de mujer Felipe
Cubitos de hielo
1957 La Casa del angel Julian
El Diablo de vacaciones Filming did not conclude
1959 Solomon and Sheba Sittar Uncredited
1960 Bajo el cielo andaluz Antonio
1961 La Maestra enamorada
Battle at Bloody Beach Julio Fontana
1963 Fun in Acapulco Moreno
1965 Synanon Chris
1966 Blindfold Arthur Vincenti
1971 The Sandpit Generals Fray Jose Pedro
1972 The Stepmother Frank Delgado
1974 Mr. Majestyk Larry Mendoza
The Pacific Connection The Governor
1975 Breakout Sanchez
1976 High Velocity Alejandro Martel
1978 The Swarm Dr. Tomas Martinez
1979 Sunburn Fons
Cuba Faustino
1980 The Ninth Configuration Lieutenant Gomez
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Orlando Ramirez
1986 TerrorVision Spiro


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Surfside 6 Tony Ricardo 1 Episode, Spinout at Sebring
Perry Mason Vincent Danielli 1 Episode, The Case of the Injured Innocent
1961-1962 Thriller Tonio Bellini / Robert Lamont 2 Episodes
The Dick Powell Theatre Ysidro Astouga / Perez / Isidro / Ramon 4 Episodes
1962 The Wide Country Manny 1 Episode, Who Killed Edde Gannon?
The Lloyd Bridges Show Ion 1 Episode, Wheresoever I Enter
Outlaws Frank Vincente 1 Episode, A Day to Kill
The Real McCoys Mario 1 Episode, Made in Italy
1963 The Fugitive Paco Alvarez 1 Episode, Smoke Screen
Route 66 Quiepo Varella 1 Episode, Peace, Pity, Pardon
Death Valley Days Tiburcio Vasquez 1 Episode, The Debt
Naked City Jaime deJesus 1 Episode, Bringing Far Places Together
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Alfredo Farino 1 Episode, Who Did William Tell?
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Juano Herrera 1 Episode, That He Should Weep for Her
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Juan Diaz 1 Episode, The Life Work of Juan Diaz
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Ricardo 1 Episode, The Mist of Silence
Slattery's People Mike Valera
Arrest and Trial Rudy Sanchez 1 Episode, The Best There Is
The Trials of O'Brien Francisco Perez 1 Episode, The Only Game in Town
1965 The Greatest Show on Earth Chico 1 Episode, Where the Wire Ends
1966 The Monroes Komatah 1 Episode, Pawnee Warrior
Run for Your Life Mario Cudero 1 Episode, Edge of the Volcano
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Paco Herrera 1 Episode, The Horns-of-the-Dilemma Affair
Daniel Boone The Sergeant 1 Episode, Cibola
I Spy Ferenc 1 Episode, My Mother, the Spy
The Trials of O'Brien Francisco Perez 1 Episode, The Only Game in Town
1967 Three for Danger Alan TV Movie
The Iron Horse Francisco Gomez 1 Episode, The Passenger
My Three Sons Manuello 1 Episode, My Son, the Bullfighter
The F.B.I. Carlos Avila 1 Episode, The Gray Passenger
1967–1970 The Flying Nun Carlos Ramirez 82 episodes
1968 Cowboy in Africa Ruy 2 Episodes
1969 Seven in Darkness Ramon Rohas TV Movie
The Outcasts Miguel Otero 1 Episode, And Then There Was One
The F.B.I. Miguel Torres 1 Episode, The Catalyst
It Takes a Thief Mendoza 1 Episode, Guess Who's Coming to Rio
1970 That Girl Felix 1 Episode, That Señorita
The High Chaparral Diego de la Paula 1 Episode, An Anger Greater Than Mine
1971 Gunsmoke Father Sanchez 3 Episodes
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Jose Borotra 1 Episode, Eighteen Years Next April
The Good Life Rico 1 Episode, Jane's Double Life
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Ramon Cordoba 1 Episode, The Clementine Ingredient
Cannon Father Joseph 1 Episode, Treasure of San Ignacio
1973 Money to Burn Caesar Rodriguez TV Movie
Night Gallery Raphael 1 Episode, The Doll of Death
1974 Siempre habrá un mañana 1 Episode, #1.1
Police Story Metrano 1 Episode, Across the Line
1975 Kung Fu Matteo 1 Episode, A Lamb to the Slaughter
Satan's Triangle Father Peter Martin TV Movie
1976 McMillan & Wife Miguel Esteban 1 Episode, Greed
The Bionic Woman Carlos Scappini 1 Episode, Winning Is Everything
1976–1977 Days of Our Lives Karl Duval
1978 The Amazing Spider-Man President Calderon 1 Episode, Escort to Danger
Flying High Cortez 1 Episode, The Marcy Connection
1980 Stunts Unlimited Fernando Castilla TV Movie
1981 Flamingo Road Lorca 2 Episodes
The Love Boat Carlos Jose Ramon Raul Sebastian Battista Ramirez 1 Episode, The Duel/Two for Julie/Aunt Hilly
1982 Cassie & Co. Victor Ramos 1 Episode, The Golden Silence
Herbie, the Love Bug Sergio 1 Episode, My House Is Your House
Bring 'Em Back Alive Count Markoff 1 Episode, There's One Born Every Minute
The Devlin Connection Patric 1 Episode, Arsenic and Old Caviar
Knight Rider Rudy del Fuego 1 Episode, Forget Me Not
1982-1983 The Fall Guy Eduard Firenze / Pepe Garcia 2 Episodes
1983 Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess Eduardo Cansino TV Movie
Hotel King Fernando 1 Episode, Hotel
Grace Kelly Oleg Cassini TV Movie
We Got It Made Victor 2 Episodes
1984 Fantasy Island Don Juan 1 Episode, Don Juan's Last Affair/Final Adieu
Masquerade 1 Episode, Spanish Gambit
Santa Barbara Dr. Ramirez 3 Episodes
E/R Paolo Fuentes 1 Episode, Sentimental Journey
1985 Cover Up Carlos Medina 1 Episode, Healthy, Wealthy and Dead
Wildside Ambassador Pintador 1 Episode, Buffalo Who?
1986 Dallas Captain Luis Rueda 7 Episodes
The A-Team Commandent 1 Episode, The Theory of Revolution, (final appearance)


Rey remained busy until his death from lung cancer on May 21, 1987, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at age 57. He is interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[4]


Rey became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1967 while appearing in The Flying Nun. On an episode of Tattletales, he said that his first marriage lasted "for 7 days". He married Joyce Bowman on May 24, 1969, in Los Angeles. She was the adopted daughter of attorney and long-time president of the Santa Ana School District Frank Bowman and his wife Dorothy. They had one son.


  1. ^ Manrupe, Raul; Portela, Maria Alejandra (2001). Un diccionario de films argentinos (1930–1995) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Corregidor. ISBN 950-05-0896-6.
  2. ^ Blanco Pazos, Roberto; Clemente, Raul (1997). Diccionario de actores del cine argentino 1933–1997 (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Corregidor. p. 375. ISBN 950-05-1205-X.
  3. ^ a b Alejandro Rey on IMDb
  4. ^ "Alejandro Rey, 57, Dies of Cancer; 'Flying Nun' Actor, TV Director". Los Angeles Times. 1987-05-23. Retrieved 2014-01-04.

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