Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez

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Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
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Born Ramiro Gonzalez-Gonzalez
(1925-05-24)May 24, 1925
Aguilares, Texas, U.S.
Died February 6, 2006(2006-02-06) (aged 80)
Culver City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation character actor
Years active 1953–1998
Spouse(s) Leandra (1942–2006; his death; 3 children)

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez (May 24, 1925 – February 6, 2006) was an American character actor best known for his appearances in a number of John Wayne movies.

Life and career[edit]

Born Ramiro Gonzalez-Gonzalez in Aguilares, Texas to a Mexican American father and a Mexican born mother with identical surnames, Gonzalez Gonzalez grew up in a talent-filled home. His father was a trumpet player, and his mother was a dancer. His brother was actor Jose Gonzales-Gonzales (1922-2000). He left school at the age of seven to join a family act called "Las Perlitas" that toured southwest Texas. As a result, he was functionally illiterate for all of his life. As a result of his illiteracy, he memorized scripts by having his wife read them to him. Gonzalez Gonzalez married at the age of seventeen and served in World War II as a driver in the United States.[1] After the war he performed stand-up comedy for Spanish-speaking audiences.

In 1953, he appeared on the Groucho Marx quiz show You Bet Your Life under the name Ramiro G. Gonzalez, where his banter with Marx attracted notice. Marx asked him: "What does the 'G' stand for?" to which he replied "Gonzalez", and explained that both his parents had been surnamed "Gonzalez" before being married. So Marx asked: "What does your wife call you: Ramiro or Gonzalez?" He replied "She calls me 'Pedro'", triggering audience laughter. After Gonzalez performed a 15-second comic dance to strong applause, Marx complimented his guest's comedic skill, saying: "Pedro, we could do a great act together. We could make a fortune in vaudeville, you and I. What -- what would we call our act, you know, if we went out together? 'The Two Hot Tamales'?" After Pedro deadpanned "Gonzalez Gonzalez and Marx", Groucho made an aside: "That's nice billing. Two people in the act, and I get third place!" [2]

John Wayne saw his appearance on the program and cast him as comic relief in a number of movies including The High and the Mighty, Rio Bravo and Hellfighters. He also made guest appearances in shows such as The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Gunsmoke and Wanted: Dead or Alive, as well as the Jerry Lewis film, Hook, Line & Sinker. Wayne also had Burt Kennedy write a TV series for Gonzalez Gonzalez that was never made.[3]

Gonzalez Gonzalez played extra characters behind Mel Blanc in a number of Speedy Gonzales cartoons, including "A Taste of Catnip" and "Go Go Amigo," billed generally as Gonzalez Gonzalez.

As a result of playing comic relief roles, he was accused of perpetuating negative stereotypes about Hispanic men.Template:By whom? citation needed However, Edward James Olmos said of Gonzalez Gonzalez at the time of his death that he "inspired every Latino actor."[4]

He died at his home of natural causes, and was survived by his wife Leandra and three children.[5]

He is the grandfather of actor Clifton Collins Jr.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Sheriff of Cochise - episode - The Great Train Robbery - Manuel Pollo (1956)
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie - episode - Ursula - Manuel (1958)
  • The Texan - Stampede - Pedro Vasquez - (1959)
  • The Texan - Showdown at Abilene - Pedro Vasquez - (1959)
  • The Texan - The Reluctant Bridegroom - Pedro Vasquez - (1959)
  • The Texan - Trouble on the Trail - Pedro Vasquez - (1959)
  • Cheyenne - episode - Counterfeit Gun - Hotel Clerk (uncredited) (1960)
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive - episode - Triple Vise - Tomas (1960)
  • The Texan - Lady Tenderfoot - Pedro Martinez - (1960)
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive - episode - Baa-Baa - Pedro Hernandaz (1961)
  • Wide Country - episode - Farewell to Margarita - The Bus Driver (1963)
  • Gunsmoke - episode - The Quest for Asa Jahn - Bartender (1963)
  • Perry Mason - episode - The Case of the Wednesday Woman - 'Royce' Dell (1964)
  • Laredo - episode - The Treasure of San Diablo - Gonzales (1966)
  • I Spy - episode - The Conquest of Maude Murdock - Jaime (1966)
  • I Dream of Jeannie - episode - My turned On Master - Pedro (1967)
  • Hondo - episode - Hondo and the Death Drive - Sancho (1967)
  • The Monkees - episode - A Nice Place to Visit - Lupe (1967)
  • Laredo - episode - Scourge of San Rosa - Liveryman (1967)
  • Mayberry R.F.D. - episode - Sister Cities - Santos (1969)
  • I Dream of Jeannie - episode - See You in C-U-B-A - Jose (1969)
  • The MOD Squad - episode - Never Give the Fuzz an Even Break - restaurant Owner (1969)
  • The Bill Cosby Show - episode - The Sesame Street Rumble - Bob (1971)
  • Adam-12 - episode - Anniversary - Rudolf Diaz (1971)

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Shorts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLellan, Dennis (15 February 2006). "Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, 80; Comedic Entertainer and Character Actor Who Starred in Movies and TV". Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via LA Times. 
  2. ^ Episode aired February 12, 1953 on YouTube
  3. ^ Axmaker, Sean (6 November 2008). "Burt Kennedy: Writing Broadway in Arizona". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Obituary in the San Jose Mercury News
  5. ^ [Chicago Tribune obituary, February 19, 2006, page 7, section 4]

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