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Hernandez, Juano (1901–1970)

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HERNANDEZ, JUANO (1901–1970). Actor. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hernandez was the son of a seaman, and experienced many diverse careers. He began his entertainment career on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, singing to raise money for food. He joined the circus as part of an acrobatic act, and later lived in the Caribbean and worked as a professional boxer under the name Kid Curley. He eventually worked as a radio scriptwriter and also performed on the vaudeville stage. Hernandez made his Broadway debut in the chorus of the 1927 stage production of the musical Showboat . As an actor, he played bit parts in several early race movies, including Oscar Micheaux ’s The Girl from Chicago, 1932, and Lying Lips, 1939. He received critical acclaim for his lead role in Intruder in the Dust , 1949. Hernandez continued to play sensitive, dignified roles that helped to pave the way for actors like Sidney Poitier. Hernandez delivered notable performances in such films as St. Louis Blues , 1958; Sergeant Rutledge, 1960; and They Call Me Mister Tibbs! 1970. On television, his guest appearances include Studio One, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, The Dick Powell Show , and Naked City .

Filmography: The Girl from Chicago , 1932; Lying Lips , 1939; Intruder in the Dust , 1949; Stars in My Crown , 1950; Something of Value , 1957; Mark of the Hawk , 1957; St. Louis Blues , 1958; Sergeant Rutledge , 1960; They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! 1970.

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