From the film Fiesta (1947)
|Born||Josep Lluis Moll
13 January 1895
Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
|Died||2 April 1969
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Fortunio Bonanova is the pseudonym of Josep Lluís Moll (13 January 1895 in Palma de Mallorca – 2 April 1969 in Woodland Hills, California), who was a Spanish baritone singer and a film, theater, and television actor. He occasionally worked as a producer and director.
As a young man, living under his birthname, he was a professional telegraph operator. He studied music with the Italian Giovachini. In 1921, he debuted as a singer in Tannhäuser, at the Teatre Principal in Palma. That year, along with a group of Majorcan intellectuals and Jorge Luis Borges (who was briefly living in Majorca with his parents and sister), he signed the Ultraist Manifesto, using the name Fortunio Bonanova.
In 1927, he acted in Love of Sonya, directed by Albert Parker and starring Gloria Swanson. In 1932 he had small parts in Hollywood productions featuring Joan Bennett and Mary Astor. In the same period, he appeared in New York in several operas as well as the zarzuelas La Canción del Olvido ("The song of forgetting"), La Duquesa del Tabarín ("The Duchess of Tabarín"), Los Gavilanes, and La Montería. In 1934, he returned to Spain, where he had a major role in the film El Desaparecido ("The disappeared one") written and directed by Antonio Graciani. In 1935 he acted and sang in the film Poderoso Caballero ("A Big Guy"), directed by Màximo Nossik.
In 1936, with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he returned to the United States, where he played the role of Captain Bill in a film called Capitán Tormenta, directed by Jules Bernhardt. A sequence of increasingly larger acting and singing roles mostly in English-language films followed, especially after 1940. Among his roles were Signor Matiste, Susan Alexander Kane's opera coach in Citizen Kane (1941); General Sebastiano in Five Graves to Cairo (1943); Don Miguel in The Black Swan (1942); Fernando in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943); Sam Garlopis in Double Indemnity (1944); and a singing Christopher Columbus in Where Do We Go From Here?. He continued for the next several decades in a miscellany of character roles.
Bonanova was also an uncredited technical consultant for the film Blood and Sand (1941), and produced and appeared in the Spanish-language film La Inmaculada (a name of the Virgin Mary, "Immaculate")(1939).
Bonanova played the father of twins Esther Williams, and Ricardo Montalbán in the 1947 film Fiesta. In 1949, Bonanova collaborated with Ambrose Barker (a former music hall performer who had, with his partner/wife, Peggy Wynne, had some success on the British colonial circuit in the 1920s–1930s) on a musical entitled "Glamor/Glamour is the Gimmick." It got bad reviews—what may have been popular and witty in the early 1930s didn’t make it in 1949.
In the 1950s, he appeared in an episode of I Love Lucy as a fake psychic who uses his stage apparatus to make it appear as though Lucy is able to speak Spanish to her mother-in-law.
- Careless Lady (1932) (film debut)
- A Successful Calamity (1932)
- El capitan Tormenta (1936)
- I Was an Adventuress (1940)
- Down Argentine Way (1940)
- The Mark of Zorro (1940) (uncredited)
- Citizen Kane (1941) - Matiste
- Blood and Sand (1941) - Pedro Espinosa
- Moon Over Miami (1941)
- A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
- Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)
- Obliging Young Lady (1942)
- Larceny, Inc. (1942)
- Girl Trouble (1942)
- The Black Swan (1942) (uncredited)
- Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
- Dixie (1943)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
- My Best Gal (1944)
- Double Indemnity (1944) - Sam Garlopis
- Going My Way (1944) - Tomaso Bozanni
- Mrs. Parkington (1944)
- Brazil (1944)
- Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
- Mischievous Susana (1945)
- A Bell for Adano (1945)
- Man Alive (1945)
- The Red Dragon (1946)
- Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
- Fiesta (1947)
- The Kneeling Goddess (1947)
- The Fugitive (1947)
- Romance on the High Seas (1948)
- Angel on the Amazon (1948)
- Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
- Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
- Whirlpool (1949)
- Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
- September Affair (1950)
- Havana Rose (1951)
- Thunder Bay (1953)
- The Moon Is Blue (1953)
- So This Is Love (1953)
- Second Chance (1953)
- Conquest of Cochise (1953)
- New York Confidential (1955)
- Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
- Jaguar (1956)
- An Affair to Remember (1957)
- Thunder in the Sun (1959) - Fernando Christophe
- The Running Man (1963) - Spanish Bank Manager (final film)
- Luis Fábregas y Cuxart (Palma 1906–1979) was a fairly well-known Mallorcan author
- Catalina Aguiló & J.A. Mendiola, Fortunio Bonanova : un home de llegenda, Mallorca 1997.
Much of the material in this article comes from the corresponding article in the Catalan Wikipedia.
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