Raul Julia

Actor, Singer
After years of honing his craft on the stages of New York, Raul Julia eventually became known as one his generation's most versatile and respected film actors prior to his unexpected death in 1994. Julia moved from ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1940 in Puerto Rico


Actor (45)

Street Fighter 1994 (Movie)

Bison (Actor)

The Burning Season 1994 (Movie)

Chico Mendes (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Gomez Addams (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Monkey People 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Plague 1992 (Movie)

Cottard (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

Gomez Addams (Actor)

Havana 1990 (Movie)

(uncredited) Bobby's Husband (Actor)

Mack the Knife 1990 (Movie)

MacHeath (Actor)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Sandy Stern (Actor)

Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound 1990 (Movie)

Baron Frankenstein (Actor)

The Rookie 1990 (Movie)

Strom (Actor)

A Life of Sin 1989 (Movie)

Paulo (Actor)

Romero 1989 (Movie)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (Actor)

Tango Bar 1989 (Movie)

Ricardo (Actor)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Roberto Strausmann (Actor)

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

Carlos/Escalante (Actor)

The Penitent 1988 (Movie)

Ramon Guerola (Actor)

Trading Hearts 1988 (Movie)

Vinny (Actor)

Florida Straits 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


La Gran Fiesta 1987 (Movie)

Poet (Actor)

The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The Morning After 1986 (Movie)

Joaquin Manero (Actor)

Compromising Positions 1985 (Movie)

David Suarez (Actor)

Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985 (Movie)

Valentin (Actor)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

Kalibanos (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

Stu Quinones (Actor)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

Michael Reisler (Actor)

The Gumball Rally 1976 (Movie)

Franco (Actor)

Aces Up 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


King Lear 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Panic in Needle Park 1971 (Movie)

Marco (Actor)

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me 1970 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)


The Organization 1970 (Movie)


Death Scream (TV Show)


Down Came a Blackbird (TV Show)


Florida Straits (Movie)

Carlos Jayne (Actor)

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)


The Golden Eagle Awards (TV Show)



After years of honing his craft on the stages of New York, Raul Julia eventually became known as one his generation's most versatile and respected film actors prior to his unexpected death in 1994. Julia moved from Puerto Rico to NYC in 1964 to pursue a career in theater, quickly landing roles in off-Broadway productions and working at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Soon he was booking parts on Broadway in addition to roles on television - a recurring role on "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969- ) among them. Julia made his feature film debut in "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971) alongside Al Pacino. Sporadic film work followed, but it was in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), co-starring William Hurt as a fellow political prisoner in a South American gulag, that Julia made his mark as a highly regarded, sought after acting talent in Hollywood. From that point on, Julia worked steadily in film, appearing in projects like the Sidney Lumet thriller "The Morning After" (1986), starring Jane Fonda and Jeff Bridges, and "Presumed Innocent" (1990), as the attorney of murder suspect Harrison Ford. However, it was his delightfully demented turn as Gomez Addams in the Barry Sonnenfeld comedy "The Addams Family" (1991) and its sequel, "Addams Family Values" (1993) that Julia was most remembered for by mainstream moviegoers. Sadly, not long after completing the Jean-Claude van Damme action adventure "Street Fighter" (1994), Julia passed away due to complications from a stroke at the age of 54. In shock, all of Puerto Rico and Hollywood mourned the passing of a man of exceptional talent, erudition, and passion for life.


Olga Julia

survived him

Benjamin Julia

mother, Merel Poloway survived him

Raul Julia

mother, Merel Poloway survived him

Maria Julia

survived him

Olga Julia

survived him

Raul Julia


Merel Poloway Actor

Married June 28, 1976 until his death Oct. 24, 1994

Magda Vasallo



University of Puerto Rico

originally went to college intending to become a lawyer

studied for the stage with Wynn Handman, the artistic director of the American Place Theater



Received a posthumous Emmy for his work in "The Burning Season"


Last TV work, "Down Came a Blackbird", scheduled to be aired on Showtime


Last film, "Street Fighter"; released planned for December 1994


Last TV work aired during his lifetime, "The Burning Season", an HBO movie about environmental activist Chico Mendes


Narrated the ten-part PBS documentary series, "Americas", about the history of Latin America and the Caribbean


Last feature film released during lifetime, "Addams Family Values", in which he reprised the role of Gomez Addams


Last starring role on Broadway, as Don Quixote in a revival of the musical drama, "Man of La Mancha"


Played Othello again in a production by the NY Shakespeare Festival, with Christopher Walkin co-starring as Iago


Played male leading role of Gomez opposite Anjelica Huston in one of his most popular feature films, "The Addams Family"


Played Macbeth in a stage production directed by actor Richard Jordan


First received top billing in features with "The Penitent" and "Trading Hearts"


Played the title role in the ABC biographical miniseries, "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Aristotle Onassis"


Played Sergius in a production of George Bernard Shaw's play, "Arms and the Man", staged in NYC at the Circle in the Square


Acted first male leads in feature films with his roles in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and in "Compromising Positions"


First TV miniseries, "Mussolini: The Untold Story", an NBC drama starring George C. Scott in the title role; Julia played an Italian count


Starred on Broadway in the musical, "Nine", a revamp of the landmark Federico Fellini film, "8 1/2"; received fourth and final Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical Play


Starred on Broadway opposite Blythe Danner and Roy Scheider in a production of Harold Pinter's play, "Betrayal"


Played Othello in a production staged by the NY Shakespeare Festival


First major role in a feature film, "Eyes of Laura Mars"


Played Petruchio (opposite Meryl Streep as Kate) in a production of "The Taming of the Shrew" staged by the NY Shakespeare Festival


Returned to feature films after five years to play a small role in the action comedy, "The Gumball Rally"


First received top billing on TV in the leading role of the much-publicized TV docudrama, "Death Scream", featuring an all-star cast in guest roles as 15 people who witnessed an actual murder of a woman and did nothing to help her; Julia played one of the


Starred on Broadway in a revival of "Where's Charley?", A musicalized revamp of the venerable stage farce, "Charley's Aunt"; received second Tony nomination


Played the role of Edmund in support of James Earl Jones in a TV presentation of "King Lear", made as part of the ongoing PBS series, "Theater in America"


Played Hamlet with the New York Shakespeare Festival


Played a leading role on Broadway in the short-lived musical, "Via Galactica"; play lasted one performance


Feature film acting debut "Panic in Needle Park"


Breakthrough acting role, playing Proteus in a modernized, musical version of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona", which opened in New York's Central Park at the Delacorte Theater and later moved to Broadway; during this latter time he also doubled th


Appeared for a time on the long-running PBS children's series, "Sesame Street"


Earliest TV work included a supporting role in "McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.?", A TV-movie which served as the pilot for the police drama series, "McCloud", starring Dennis Weaver


Broadway debut in "The Cuban Thing" (closed after one performance)


Debut with Joseph Papp's NY Shakespeare Festival as MacDuff in a Spanish-language version of "Macbeth"


New York stage debut off-Broadway in a Spanish-language production of "La Vida Es Sueno/Life Is a Dream"


Moved to New York


Appeared with the Tapia Theatre, San Juan in "Bye, Bye Birdie," "The Four Poster," "The Happy Time," "Macbeth," and "Othello"

Starred on Broadway in a revival of the landmark Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical drama, "The Threepenny Opera"; received third Tony nomination for his work as MacHeath

Hired by Joseph Papp to work as a house manager

Bonus Trivia


Julia was very active in The Hunger Project, an organization which worked to help fight malnutrition worldwide.


Julia was posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1996.