Ney Latorraca

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Ney Latorraca
Born Antonio Ney Latorraca
(1944-07-27) 27 July 1944 (age 73)
Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–present
Notable work Vlad in Vamp
Edu in Da Cor do Pecado
Antônio in Um Sonho a Mais
Mederiquis in Estúpido Cupido
Dr. Solano in S.O.S. Emergência
Leandro in Coração Alado
Barbosa in TV Pirata.

Antonio Ney Latorraca (born 27 July 1944 in Santos) is a Brazilian actor.[1]


Ney Latorraca was born in the port city of Santos, São Paulo state, to Alfredo, a casino crooner, and Nena, a showgirl who performed in casinos. Actor Grande Otelo was his godfather, and he grew up in an artistic environment. Two years after his birth, casinos were forbidden in Brazil by a presidential decree, and his family thus lost their primary means of survival. As a result, his parents decided to move to São Paulo. His mother became a house wife and his father got a job at Rádio Record.[2]

Latorraca started his acting career early. At six, he made an appearance on a radio series by Rádio Record. At nine, he made his first appearance on a TV programme, in the miniseries Alô, Doçura by Rede Tupi. In 1957 his family moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he continued his studies.

In 1964, Ney took part on his first play, "Pluft, O Fantasminha" written by Maria Clara Machado and directed by Serafim Gonzales. From that moment on, he decided that he would be a famous actor. His first professional opportunity came in the next year, when he was selected to join the cast of the play Reportagem de um Tempo Mau, a criticism of the military dictatorship that was ruling the country. The play was presented only once, being subsequently banned by the Federal Censorship and the whole cast arrested for a few days. Soon after, Latorraca moved back to Santos and participated in several amateur plays with the theatre group of the Faculty of Philosophy of Santos.[2]

Beginning in 1967, Latorraca attended the University of São Paulo's School of Dramatic Art for 3 years, graduating as the first of his class. Marília Pêra was the godmother of his graduating class.

From 1968 on, Ney Latorraca participated in numerous plays, telenovelas and movies. In 1979 he performed alongside his godfather Grande Otelo in the musical play Lola Moreno. In the telenovela Um Sonho a Mais, Latorraca interpreted five different characters, including a woman.[2] Some of his most memorable roles are the playboy Mederiquis in the soap opera Estúpido Cupido (1976), the polygamous Quequé in the miniseries Rabo de Saia (1984), and the old man Barbosa, in the comic series TV Pirata (1988).

In November 1986 he premiered with Marco Nanini one of the most successful plays in Brazilian history, O Mistério de Irma Vap, directed by Marília Pêra. The play was staged for 11 consecutive years and watched by more than 2.5 million people, setting a Brazilian record included in the Guinness Book.[3] The play originated a motion picture, Irma Vap – O Retorno (2006),[4] also interpreted by the two actors.




  • 1969 – Audácia: A Fúria dos Desejos
  • 1973 – A Noite do Desejo – Toninho
  • 1974 – Sedução
  • 1976 – Deixa Amorzinho... Deixa – Dino/Dalma
  • 1976 – Anchieta, José do Brasil – Anchieta
  • 1978 – O Grande Desbum
  • 1979 – Uma Estranha História de Amor – Daniel
  • 1979 – Das Tripas Coração
  • 1981 – O Beijo no Asfalto – Arandir
  • 1984 – A Mulher do Atirador de Facas
  • 1985 – Ópera do Malandro – Tigrão
  • 1986 – Ele, o Boto – Rufino
  • 1987 – A Fábula da Bela Palomera – Orestes
  • 1989 – Festa – Ator
  • 1994 – Dente Por Dente
  • 1995 – Brevíssimas Histórias da Gente de Santos
  • 1995 – Carlota Joaquina – Princesa do Brazil – Jean-Baptiste Debre
  • 1996 – For All – o Trampolim da Vitória
  • 2001 – Minha Vida em Suas Mãos – Analyst
  • 2003 – Viva Sapato! – Claudionor
  • 2004 – O Diabo a Quatro – Senator Heitor Furtado
  • 2006 – Irma Vap – o Retorno – Darci/Odete Lopes
  • 2009 – Topografia de Um Desnudo – Manoel



  • Contigo! Magazine


  1. ^ Memória Globo. "Ney Latorraca". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Portal UOL: Biography (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Guinness World Records: "Longest run of a play with the same cast"
  4. ^ IMDB: Irma Vap – O Retorno
  5. ^ Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte. "Os Melhores da APCA". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Contigo!. "3º Prêmio de TV Contigo!". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 

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