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Jorge Perugorría Rodríguez (aka "Pichi," born 13 August 1965) is a Cuban actor, film director and painter. He is well known for his part as Diego in Strawberry and Chocolate (original title in Spanish Fresa y chocolate (co-directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío). He recently acted in Steven Soderbergh's Che, with Benicio del Toro and in the original Netflix series Four Seasons in Havana. He lives in Santa Fe, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana, with his wife Elsa Maria Fuentes de La Paz and their four children.
Perrugorría studied civil engineering until he turned to theater. He played Shakespeare with the Olga Alonso troupe, and starred in The Glass Menagerie with the Ritan Mountainer troupe. In the early 1990s, Perugorría helped found Havana’s Public Theatre, which started with Jean Genet’s The Maids. In this play, Perugorría acted the difficult part of Clara, working on a real gestural dimension for this feminine character. This led to his first opportunity in cinema.
Perugorría has played in several TV series or short films, but his first cinema success was Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), in which he played the part of Diego, a gay young man who meets a straight university student named David. The movie, subtly dealing with tolerance and sexual politics, made Perugorría recognizable as one of Cuba’s most famous actors.
From that moment, he has acted in nearly 50 films, including Boceto directed by Tomás Piard and Derecho de asilo by Octavio Cortázar. He has also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, and directed and acted in Se vende (For sale), a black comedy about the selling of bones of dead people. He is portraying Cuban police detective Conde in Four Seasons in Havana, a Netflix series based on novels of Cuban writer Leonardo Padura. It is a Spanish production by Tornesol.
- In 2015 he was nominated for the “Platino Award” for his role as Conde, from the Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema.
- In 2014 he won the “Special Precolumbian Icon” from the Bogota Film Festival.
- In 2014 he was nominated for the “Audience Award” from Havana Film Festival.
- In 2012 he was nominated for “Audience Award” from SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
- In 2009 he won the“Special Jury Award” for the film El cuerno de la abundancia from Mar del Plata Film Festival.
- In 2009 he won “Honorary award” from Lleida Latin-American Film Festival.
- In 2006 he won a special award for his career accomplishments from the Turia Awards.
- In 2003 he won “Special Mention” for the film Habana Abierta in the Havana Film Festival.
- In 2003 he won “El Megano Award” for the film Habana Abierta in the Havana Film Festival.
- In 2001 he won “Golden India Catalina” for the film Waiting list from the Cartagena Film Festival.
- In the year 2000 he won “Special Award” for the film Volaverunt from the Yoga Awards.
- In 1995 he won “Premio Ace” for the film Strawberry and Chocolates.
- In 1994 he won “Silver Hugo” for the film Strawberry and Chocolates from the Chicago International Film Festival.
- In 1994 he won “Golden kikito” for the film Strawberry and Chocolates from the Gramado Film Festival.
- In 1993 he won “Best Actor” for the film Strawberry and Chocolates from Havana Film Festival.
- 2015: Fátima o el Parque de la Fraternidad
- 2012: Se Vende
- 2012: Amor crónico
- 2010: Afinidades
- 2005: Santiago y la Virgen en la Fiesta del Fuego (Documentary short)
- 2003: Habana abierta
- 2018: Havana Kyrie
- 2018: Black is Beltza
- 2018: Rubirosa
- 2017: Kimura
- 2016: Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song
- 2016: Vientos de la Habana (Four Seasons in Havana) (TV Mini-Series)
- 2015: Viva
- 2015: Isola Margherita (TV Mini-Series)
- 2014: Tarde para Ramón (Short)
- 2014: Return to Ithaca
- 2014: La pared de las palabras
- 2014: La muerte del gato (Short)
- 2014: His Wedding Dress
- 2014: Boccaccerías Habaneras
- 2012: Un amor de película
- 2012: Se Vende
- 2012: Edificio Royal
- 2012: Dragoi ehiztaria
- 2012: Clara no es nombre de mujer
- 2012: Amor crónico
- 2012:7 Days in Havana
- 2012-2013:Lynch (TV Series)
- 2010: Boleto al paraíso
- 2010: Afinidades
- 2008 La mala
- 2008: Che: Part One
- 2008: Che: Part Two
- 2008: Horn of Plenty
- 2007: The Heart of the Earth
- 2007: Night of the Innocents
- 2006: Virgin Rose
- 2005: Hormigas en la boca
- 2005: Gaijin - Ama-me Como Sou
- 2005: Frutas en el café
- 2005:Barrio Cuba
- 2004:Scent of Oak
- 2004: Caribe
- 2004: @Festivbercine.ron
- 2003: Tánger
- 2003: Más vampiros en La Habana
- 2001: Vajont - La diga del disonore
- 2001: Honey for Oshun
- 2000: Turbulence
- 2000:Tierra del fuego
- 2000:The Waiting List
- 1999:By My Side Again
- 1998: Sidoglio Smithee
- 1998: Doña Bárbara
- 1997: Things I Left in Havana
- 1997: Razor in the Flesh
- 1997: Life According to Muriel
- 1997: Clandestine Stories in Havana
- 1997: Amor vertical
- 1996: Un asunto privado
- 1996: Oedipo alcalde
- 1996: Cachito
- 1996: Bámbola
- 1996: La sal de la vida
- 1995: Shiralad. El regreso de los dioses (TV Series)
- 1995: Guantanamera
- 1995: Dile a Laura que la quiero
- 1994: Maite
- 1993: Strawberry and Chocolate
- 1993: Los perros tienen hambre (Short)
- 1993: Derecho de asilo
- 1966: Rio, Verão & Amor
Since 2005, Jorge Perugorría has been one of the patrons of DreamAgo, an international screenwriters association.