Rodolfo Acosta

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Rodolfo Acosta
Born(1920-07-29)July 29, 1920
Chihuahua, Mexico
DiedNovember 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 active1946–73
 
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Rodolfo Acosta
Born(1920-07-29)July 29, 1920
Chihuahua, Mexico
DiedNovember 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 active1946–73

Rodolfo Acosta (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, 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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