Antonio Raxel

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Antonio Salazar Alejos (1922–1999) was a Mexican actor. He was born on April 13, 1922 and died on November 25, 1999. Known in the Mexican acting arena as Antonio Raxel, he was born in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas.[1][2] He also did dubbing of TV shows, movies, and animation.

Education and acting career[edit]

Antonio Raxel studied his career at the National Institute of Fine Arts under the tutelage of master Japanese Seki Sano. While here Raxel participated in 85 plays.

He started working in professional theater companies, primarily the Maria Tereza Montoya, Anita Blanch and Enrique Rambal.

His film career began in 1950, in supporting roles and he became a star next to stars of the golden age Mexican cinema, participating in at least 250 tapes.

By 1952 he entered television through soap operas such as "Teresa".

His biggest hits were La Familia Barrett, Sexteto, where he performed alongside Chula Prieto, and La idiota, next to Vilma Gonzalez.

Dubbing career[edit]

Antonio Raxel’s distinctive voice was featured in various projects in film as well as TV and dubbing of the period. He appeared with comedy and suspense actors in such films as Santo y Blue Demon contra Drácula y el Hombre Lobo (Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolfman).

He won the Virginia Fabregas award in 1974 for his work.

For several decades he participated heavily in Mexican cinema with great success, and in the 80's he featured in supporting and main roles in the movies categories of "files" and "puns" as well as in films alongside Luis de Alba of Chelo Gomez.

He did various jobs in dubbing including with the Audiomaster studio of the dubbing company Televisa, with laboratories in Los Angeles in the U.S. In 1982, during his stay with the company in that city, he alternated between different roles such as Mandrake (the cartoon) and Defenders of the Earth. He was also narrator of the anime series, Robotech, Voltron and Mazinger, which combined for the first time duo sync dubbing with a female actress to impersonate the Baron Ashler of Mazinger in his masculine role. He worked alongside dubbing novices such as Jesus Barrero and Juan Alfonso Carralero in this role.

Antonio Raxel died in Mexico City on November 25, 1999.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

  • Voltron - Anime Series, Narrator of the series (approx. 1984)
  • Mazinger Z, Anime Series, Narrator in the second half of the series, and masculine voice of Barón Ashler. (1982, Voice dubbing)
  • Bravestarr Narrator of the introduction of the American Cartoon. (approx. 1983)
  • Yogi's Treasure Hunt – Melquiades the Lion
  • Defenders of the Earth, American cartoon, Mandrake the magician, (approx 1982)
  • Robotech, Anime Series, Narrator of some of the chapters in the series, (approx. 1981)
  • 007: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Narration
  • Star Wars: Episode IV (original dubbing) - Uncle Owen
  • The Last Unicorn - Rey Haggard
  • Bewitched – voice of Larry Tate
  • The Addams Family – Voice of Lurch (known as Largo in Latin America)
  • Star Trek II - Mr. Spock
  • Star Trek VI - Mr. Spock
  • Batman - Commissioner Gordon
  • A Cowboy in Africa – Voice of Jim Sinclair
  • Land of Giants – Voice of Mark Wilson
  • Ewoks - Master Logray
  • Family Affair - voice of Uncle Bill (originally played by Brian Kieth) 1971

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