Rubens de Falco
Rubens de Falco da Costa
October 19, 1931
|Died||August 22, 2008 (aged 76)|
São Paulo, Brazil
Rubens de Falco da Costa (October 19, 1931 – August 22, 2008) was a Brazilian actor best known for his work in telenovelas, most notably his portrayal as a slave owner in the 1976 telenovela, Escrava Isaura (The Slave Isaura) and the 1986 telenovela Sinhá Moça (Little Missy).
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De Falco was born in São Paulo, Brazil on October 19, 1931. He began his acting career in the local theater. In 1955, he joined the group "Os Jograis", of São Paulo, and played beside such actors as Ruy Afonso, Italo Rossi and Felipe Wagner. He made his cinema debut in 1952, in the movie Apassionata, for the movie studio Companhia Cinematográfica Vera Cruz.
In television, he had big roles in telenovelas such as O Rei dos Ciganos (1967), A Rainha Louca (1967), O Passo dos Ventos (1968), Gabriela (1975), O Grito (1975), Escrava Isaura (1976), Dona Xepa (1977), A Sucessora (1978) and Sinhá Moça (1986).
Perhaps his best-known work came in 1976, when he played the cruel villain Leôncio Almeida, a powerful farm owner and ruthless slave owner in the telenovela Escrava Isaura. De Falco's character, Leôncio Almeida, fell in love with one of his slaves, played by Brazilian actress Lucélia Santos.
Escrava Isaura was very popular around the world and became a hit in Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Escrava Isaura was the first soap opera ever broadcast in Poland and Soviet Union and became the first television series shown in China with a foreign actors in main roles. Rubens de Falco, who played Leôncio Almeida as one of his most famous roles, was called "the great villain of Brazilian television drama" by Lucélia Santos.
He again played a powerful farm owner and ruthless slave owner, the cruel villain Baron de Araruna in the 1986 telenovela, Sinhá Moça alongside Lucélia Santos who starred this time as his rebellious daughter.
Death[change | change source]
Filmography[change | change source]
|1953||Esquina da Ilusão|
|1954||Floradas na Serra|
|1957||O Pão Que o Diabo Amassou|
|1959||Moral em Concordata||Narrator||Voice|
|1966||Engraçadinha Depois dos Trinta|
|1966||Essa Gatinha é Minha|
|1968||O Homem Que Comprou o Mundo|
|1969||Tempo de Violência|
|1969||O Impossível Acontece||(segment "Eu, Ela e o Outro")|
|1970||Anjos e Demônios||Prosecutor|
|1971||Uma Pantera em Minha Cama|
|1972||Missão: Matar||John Dorcas|
|1972||A Difícil Vida Fácil||Ricardo|
|1973||Café na Cama||Flávio|
|1975||O Sósia da Morte||Narciso|
|1975||O Homem da Cabeça de Ouro|
|1975||Nós, Os Canalhas|
|1975||Deixa, Amorzinho... Deixa|
|1977||Este Rio Muito Louco||(segment "Fátima Todo Amor")|
|1978||Colonel Delmiro Gouveia||Delmiro Gouveia|
|1978||A Dama de Branco|
|1979||Os Foragidos da Violência|
|1984||Macho y hembra||Vicente|
|1985||La hora Texaco|
|1986||Un hombre de éxito||Iriarte|
|1986||O Monge e a Filha do Carrasco||Saltmaster|
|2001||Sonhos Tropicais||General Travassos|
|2008||Fim da Linha||Deputado Ernesto Alves||(last acting role)|