- Born in Puerto Rican, Raúl may be known more to U.S. audiences for his role as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, but any actor serious about their craft recognizes that Juliá was one of the greatest artists of his generation. He did not only co-starred in numerous films alongside household names but he also lent his support to a number of social causes, vocally advocating on behalf of Hispanic actors in the United States, creating programs for at-risk youth, and lending his support as a spokesman for The Hunger Project.
Like i said before one of his most memorable roles was the eccentric and borderline Shakespearean Gomez Addams in The Addams Family and while nobody can argue his acting in this film is nothing but iconic for this special post i chose his performance in The Kiss of the Spider Woman. In this adaptation of Manuel Puig’s 1976 novel, Juliá plays a leftist revolutionary locked in a military prison during the dark years of Brazil’s military junta. His cellmate, played by William Hurt, comforts him as he reels from the effects of a slow poisoning. Directed by Argentine-Brazilian helmer Hector Babenco, the film was a critical smash hit, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. As these things go, Juliá’s powerful performance was slightly overshadowed by co-star William Hurt (suprise suprise!) who picked up an Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA and important awards at Cannes and other festivals.
As you will see on this clip of the movie, Juliá is never overshadowed by Hurt's acting at all. Both actors compliment each other perfectly and is very hard to even think about the excellence in one performance without the mere existence of the other wich is why the complete lack of recognition Juliá got is nerve wracking.