Alfonso Bedoya

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Alfonso Bedoya
Alfonso Bedoya in Fortunes of Captain Blood trailer.jpg
Born April 16, 1904
Vicam, Sonora, Mexico
Died December 15, 1957 (aged 53)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Alfonso Bedolla
Alfonso 'El Indio' Bedoya
Years active 19351957

Benito Alfonso Bedoya y Díaz de Guzmán[1] (April 16, 1904 – December 15, 1957) was a Mexican actor who frequently appeared in U.S. films.

Early life[edit]

Bedoya was born in the small town of Vicam, Sonora, Mexico, of Yaqui Indian heritage, to Norberto Bedoya Perea and Ignacia Díaz de Guzmán.[2][3] He had a nomadic childhood upbringing in Mexico, traveling throughout the country with his parents and 19 siblings. At 14, he emigrated to the United States and was educated in Houston, Texas.[4][5] He ran away from school and worked as a railroad section worker, dishwasher, waiter, and cotton picker.[6]

Film career[edit]

Bedoya found work as a character actor in the US and Mexican film industries in the 1930s to 1940s. During that time, he worked in over 175 Mexican films.[7][8] His last movie, The Big Country, was released in 1958 after his death.[8]

Memorable role[edit]

Bedoya is best remembered as "Gold Hat",[9] the bandit leader who declares "I don't have to show you any stinking badges"[5] in John Huston's 1948 adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This movie is number 30 on AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies[5] and Bedoya's line is number 36 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.[5][10] Bedoya's line has become widely imitated by entertainers.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bedoya married Gertrude Elizabeth Larky Karas on March 8, 1950, in Mexico City.[11]

Bedoya completed filming The Big Country in November, 1957, in California, and returned to Mexico City on December 8. Eight days later, after a night of partying with manicurist Maria Lucia Solana Martinez, Bedoya died of a heart attack in a Mexico City motel room.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1935 Todo un hombre
1937 Los chicos de la prensa
1937 La llaga
1937 Almas rebeldes
1937 Adiós Nicanor Servidor del Gavilan Uncredited
1937 La madrina del Diablo Cantinero
1938 Ojos tapatios
1938 La Adelita Villista
1938 Los bandidos de Río Frío Espiridión
1938 While Mexico Sleeps
1938 Pescadores de perlas Simón
1938 La golondrina Uncredited
1939 El capitán aventurero Mesonero Uncredited
1939 La China Hilaria Isidro
1940 Los olvidados de Dios El Tejón
1940 El gavilán Pistoler
1940 Los de abajo El manteca
1940 El charro Negro Comandante de policía
1941 El Zorro de Jalisco Esbirro de Ernesto Uncredited
1941 Rancho Alegre
1941 Hasta que llovió en Sayula
1941 El capitán Centellas
1941 El rápido de las 9.15 Tripulación del tren Uncredited
1941 The Unknown Policeman Greñas Uncredited
1942 La epopeya del camino Uncredited
1942 La abuelita Un obrero
1942 Virgen de medianoche
1942 Simón Bolívar Conspirador Padilla Uncredited
1942 The Three Musketeers Gorila en cabaret
1942 La Vírgen morena Popoca Uncredited
1942 Soy puro mexicano
1942 El baisano Jalil Empleado de Jalil Uncredited
1943 Dulce madre mía
1943 María Eugenia Uncredited
1943 Wild Flower Teniente de Rogelio
1943 El jorobado
1943 Doña Bárbara Peasant
1943 Cuando habla el corazón El Yaqui
1943 El rebelde (Romance de antaño) Bandido Uncredited
1944 The Headless Woman
1944 Mis hijos Borracho cantina Uncredited
1944 Me ha besado un hombre
1945 Me he de comer esa tuna El Alacrán
1945 Las Abandonadas Gertrudis López, asistente
1945 Club verde
1945 'Como México no hay dos'!
1945 El jagüey de las ruinas
1945 Sendas del destino
1945 Hasta que perdió Jalisco Amigo de Jorge
1945 Canaima Cholo Parima (Pantoja)
1945 Rosalinda Cecina
1946 No basta ser charro Peón Uncredited
1946 La hija del payaso
1947 Bells of San Fernando Guard at the Pass Uncredited
1947 The Tiger of Jalisco Bandido
1947 Si me han de matar mañana El Nagual
1947 Gran Casino El Rayado
1947 Albur de amor
1947 The Pearl Godfather
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Gold Hat
1948 El último chinaco Sabas
1948 Angel in Exile Ysidro Álvarez
1948 Angel on the Amazon Paulo
1949 Streets of Laredo Charley Calico
1949 La casa embrujada Vendedor de palomas
1949 Border Incident Cuchillo
1950 Fortunes of Captain Blood Carmilio
1950 The Black Rose Lu Chung
1950 Furia roja Ignacio 'El Nacho' López
1951 Stronghold
1951 Man in the Saddle Cultus Charley
1952 California Conquest José Martínez
1952 Por ellas aunque mal paguen Don Lupe
1953 Sombrero Don Inocente
1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun Degas
1954 Border River Capt. Vargas
1954 Ricochet Romance Alfredo Gonzáles
1954 The Black Pirates Garza
1955 Ten Wanted Men Hermando
1956 La doncella de piedra Chuachuaima
1958 The Big Country Ramón Gutierrez (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Antonio Light, Dec. 17, 1957, p. 20
  2. ^ "Diario del Yaqui". Archived from the original on 2015-02-13.
  3. ^ Mexico. State of Distrito Federal Civil Registration. Registro Civil del Estado de Distrito Federal, México
  4. ^ Washington Court House Record-Herald, March 18, 1950, p. 4
  5. ^ a b c d "Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)". www.classicfilmguide.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  6. ^ Washington Court House Record-Herald, March 18, 1950, p. 4
  7. ^ Hal Erickson (2010). "Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  8. ^ a b c Hal Erickson (2010). "Alfonso Bedoya Movies". Blockbuster. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  9. ^ Hal Erickson (2010). "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)". Blockbuster. Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  10. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes". USA Today. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  11. ^ Mexico. Civil Registration. Registro Civil del Distrito Federal, México
  12. ^ San Antonio Light, Dec. 17, 1957, p. 20

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