Rodolfo Acosta

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Rodolfo Acosta
Born (1920-07-29)July 29, 1920
Chihuahua, Mexico
Died November 7, 1974(1974-11-07) (aged 54)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
California, USA
Cause of death Cancer
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active 1946–73

Rodolfo Acosta Pérez (July 29, 1920 – November 7, 1974) was a Mexican character actor, typically playing heavies in Hollywood westerns. He worked in Mexico in films of the great director Emilio Fernández, which led to a bit in John Ford's 1947 film The Fugitive. He arrived in the US and was signed by Universal Studios for a small role in One Way Street (1950). He stayed in the US and his sharp, ruthless features led him to a long succession of roles as bandits, Native American warriors and outlaws. In The Tijuana Story (1957), he actually had a sympathetic leading role, but in general he spent his career as a familiar western antagonist.

Acosta was also a regular as Vaquero on NBC's The High Chaparral from 1967-1969. His other television appearances included Cheyenne, Maverick, Zorro, Rawhide as Ossolo, an Indian Medicine Man in "The Incident at Superstition Prairie" in 1960, Bonanza, and Daniel Boone.

In 1959, Acosta played the Kiowa Chief Satanta in the third episode entitled "Yellow Hair" of the ABC western series The Rebel, starring Nick Adams as a former Confederate soldier who wanders through the American West.[1]

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