José Paige (name)
November 4, 1904
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Died||March 31, 1967 (aged 62)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Don Page|
|Occupation||Actor, assistant director, production manager|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Boyar (1924-1932/33; divorced); 1 child|
|Children||Joy Page (actress)|
Life and career
Born Jose Paige in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Alvarado first studied agriculture on his father's sheep and cattle ranch. In 1922, at just age 18 he ran away from home and went to Los Angeles, hoping to find acting work in the fledgling silent film industry. He secured work in a sweet factory before getting into the films working as an extra.
While in Los Angeles, he became close friends with the México-born actor, Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso, who would later be known as Gilbert Roland. The struggling young actors shared a place for a time. Alvarado soon met and fell in love with aspiring actress, sixteen-year-old Ann Boyar, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. They married in 1924. Later that year they had a daughter, actress Joy Page.
Studio head, Jack L. Warner, fell in love with Ann and convinced her to file for divorce from Alvarado using what used to be called a "quickie divorce" conveniently available in Mexico. She did so by August 1932. She moved in with Warner perhaps as early as September 1933 and married him in 1936.
As for his professional career, Alvarado got his first uncredited silent film part in the 1924 film, Mademoiselle Midnight. With the studio capitalizing on his "Latin Lover" looks, Alvarado was quickly cast in secondary and then leading roles. With the advent of talkies, this all but ended his starring roles. He did, however, manage to work regularly, usually cast in secondary Spanish character roles, such as in the 1929 Thornton Wilder adaptation of The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Alvarado appeared on stage in Dinner At Eight at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles in 1933.
In 1939, using the name "Don Page" for screen credit purposes, he began working as an assistant director for Warner Bros. and a few years later as a production manager. In these capacities he was part of the team that made a number of highly successful films including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, and in 1958 his final film work, The Old Man and the Sea.
- Mademoiselle Midnight (1924) - Dancer at Fiesta (uncredited) (unbilled)
- The Spaniard (1925) - Matador (uncredited)
- The Wife Who Wasn't Wanted (1925) - Theo
- Satan in Sables (1925) - Student
- The Pleasure Buyers (1925) - Tommy Wiswell
- His Jazz Bride (1926)
- The Night Cry (1926) - Pedro
- A Hero of the Big Snows (1926) - Ed Nolan
- The Monkey Talks (1927) - Sam Wick
- The Loves of Carmen (1927) - José
- Breakfast at Sunrise (1927) - Lussan
- Drums of Love (1928) - Count Leonardo de Alvia
- No Other Woman (1928) - Maurice
- The Scarlet Lady (1928) - Prince Nicholas
- The Battle of the Sexes (1928) - Babe Winsor
- Driftwood (1928) - Jim Curtis
- The Apache (1928) - Pierre Dumont
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) - Manuel
- Rio Rita (1929) - Roberto Ferguson
- The Bad One (1930) - The Spaniard
- Estrellados (1930) - Larry Mitchell
- Captain Thunder (1930) - Juan
- To oneiron tou glyptou (1930)
- Forever Yours (1930)
- Free and Easy (1930)
- Beau Ideal (1931) - Ramon Gonzales
- Reputation (1931)
- Lady with a Past (1932) - Carlos Santiagos
- The Bachelor's Affairs (1932) - Ramon Alvarez
- La Cucuracha (1932)
- The King Murder (1932) - Jose Moreno
- Contraband (1933)
- Black Beauty (1933) - Renaldo
- Morning Glory (1933) - Pepi Velez
- Under Secret Orders (1933) - Don Frederico
- Red Wagon (1933) - Davey Heron
- On Secret Service (1933) - Conte Valenti
- No Sleep on the Deep (1934, Short) - Prince Enrico
- Demon for Trouble (1934) - Golinda
- Once to Every Bachelor (1934) - Rocco
- Sweet Adeline (1934) - Renaldo (uncredited)
- The Devil is a Woman (1935) - Morenito
- I Live for Love (1935) - Rico Cesaro
- Rosa DeFrancia (1935) - El marqués de Magny
- Rose of the Rancho (1936) - Don Luis Espinosa
- Federal Agent (1936) - Armand Recard
- Rio Grande Romance (1936) - Jack Carter
- Put on the Spot (1936) - Jack Carter (archive footage)
- Nobody's Baby (1937) - Tony Cortez
- The Lady Escapes (1937) - Antonio
- Love Under Fire (1937) - Lieutenant Cabana
- Rose of the Rio Grande (1938) - Don Jose del Torre
- A Trip to Paris (1938) - Gigolo (uncredited)
- Cafe Society (1939) - Don Jose Monterico (uncredited)
- One Night in the Tropics (1940) - Rudolfo
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
- The Big Steal (1949) - Lt. Ruiz
- East of Eden (1955)
- Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
- The Old Man and the Sea (1958) - Waiter (uncredited) (final film role)
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