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.