Virgilio Teixeira (actor)

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Virgilio Teixeira
Born Virgilio Delgado Teixeira
(1917-10-26)26 October 1917
Funchal, Portugal
Died 5 December 2010(2010-12-05) (aged 93)
Funchal, Portugal
Occupation actor
Years active 1943–2010
Spouse(s) Vanda Teixeira (?-2010) (his death)

Virgilio Delgado Teixeira (26 October 1917 – 5 December 2010) was a Portuguese film, television and stage actor, known for roles in Portuguese, Spanish and American films. He was known as a Portuguese "heartthrob" and a leading actor during the 1940s and 1950s.[1]

Teixeira was born in Funchal, Madeira, on 26 October 1917.[1] He began his career in Portuguese and Spanish cinema before taking roles in Hollywood productions.[1] Teixeira made his film debut in the 1943 film, Ave de Arribação.[1] In 1948, Teixeira portrayed Julio, the love interest of Amalia Rodrigues's character, in Fado, História de uma Cantadeira, which was directed by Perdigão Queiroga.[1] His later work in Portuguese film and television included A Mulher do Próximo in 1982 and the telenovela, Chuva na Areia, in 1984.[1]

Teixeira's Hollywood credits included roles in Alexander the Great, Return of the Seven, and Doctor Zhivago.[1]

Additionally, Teixeira served as the first director of the Centro das Comunidades Madeirenses.[1]

Virgilio Teixeira died in Funchal, Madeira, of respiratory problems on 5 December 2010, at the age of 93.[1] He was survived by his wife, Vanda Teixeira.[1] President of the Regional Government of Madeira Alberto João Jardim called Teixeira a "Great Madeiran" following his death.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Actor Virgílio Teixeira morre aos 93 anos". Correio da Manhã. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 

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