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 immigrated 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]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ San Antonio Light, Dec. 17, 1957, p. 20
  2. ^ "Diario del Yaqui". 
  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)". 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. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  9. ^ Hal Erickson (2010). "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)". Blockbuster. 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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