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 an American father and a Mexican 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).[1] 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. After the war he performed stand-up comedy for Spanish-speaking audiences.[2]

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!" [3]

John Wayne saw his appearance on the program and cast him as comic relief in a number of movies including Rio Bravo, The High and the Mighty 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.[4]

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.[citation needed] However, Edward James Olmos said of Gonzalez-Gonzalez at the time of his death that he "inspired every Latino actor."[5]

He died at his home of natural causes, and was survived by his wife Leandra and three children.[6]

He is the grandfather of actor Clifton Collins Jr.



  • 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]


  1. ^ Jose Gonzales-Gonzales at IMDB
  2. ^ Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez at IMDB (Retrieved on 2008-01-25)
  3. ^ Episode aired February 12, 1953 on YouTube
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Obituary in the San Jose Mercury News
  6. ^ [Chicago Tribune obituary, February 19, 2006, page 7, section 4]

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