DEAD: Raúl Juliá

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Raúl Juliá (aged 54)
Actor (The Addams Family)

Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was an American actor who received international recognition. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he took an interest in acting while still in school. Upon completing his studies, Juliá decided to pursue a career in acting. After performing locally for some time, he was convinced by entertainment personality Orson Bean to move and work in New York City. Juliá, who had been bilingual since his childhood, soon gained interest in Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. He took over in the role of Orson in the Off-Broadway hit Your Own Thing, a rock musical updating of Twelfth Night. He performed in mobile projects, including the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.

DEATH: Later in 1994, on October 16, Julia and Poloway attended the Metropolitan Opera in New York. After the opera, he was supposed to meet Marcos Zurinaga, a Puerto Rican filmmaker who directed Julia in the Argentine/Puerto Rican coproduction Tango Bar. Julia began feeling intense abdominal pain and had to be taken by ambulance to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island. He was initially not worried by the issue, reviewing the script for his intended role in Desperado from his hospital bed, but his condition worsened. Later that night, Julia suffered a stroke. He fell into a coma four days later, on October 20, and was put on life support. Another four days later, on October 24, Julia died due to terminal complications from the stroke.

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