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Also Known As: Died: February 14, 2008
Born: July 22, 1931 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession:

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Over the course of his 40-year career, Perry Lopez appeared in everything from popular TV westerns ("Wagon Train," "Have Gun - Will Travel") to big-screen hits ("Kelly's Heroes," "Chinatown"). Lopez honed his acting skills onstage in the early '50s, branching out with small roles in projects like the low-budget horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "The Lone Ranger," based on the popular TV series about a masked vigilante and his faithful Indian companion. In 1958, Lopez landed a recurring role on the family adventure series "Zorro" as Joaquin Castenada, a Spanish-European freedom fighter. A few years later, he memorably portrayed a trigger-happy outlaw in an episode of the long-running western series "Bonanza," and landed a guest role on "Star Trek" as a bewildered crew member trapped in a sinister amusement park. By the mid-'70s, Lopez had amassed several notable feature film roles; he was cast as a timid recruit in the World War II-era action comedy "Kelly's Heroes" and played Jack Nicholson's persistent partner and reluctant friend in Roman Polanski's critically acclaimed neo-noir "Chinatown." Shortly before his retirement from acting, Lopez reprised his role in the 1990 sequel, "The...

Over the course of his 40-year career, Perry Lopez appeared in everything from popular TV westerns ("Wagon Train," "Have Gun - Will Travel") to big-screen hits ("Kelly's Heroes," "Chinatown"). Lopez honed his acting skills onstage in the early '50s, branching out with small roles in projects like the low-budget horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "The Lone Ranger," based on the popular TV series about a masked vigilante and his faithful Indian companion. In 1958, Lopez landed a recurring role on the family adventure series "Zorro" as Joaquin Castenada, a Spanish-European freedom fighter. A few years later, he memorably portrayed a trigger-happy outlaw in an episode of the long-running western series "Bonanza," and landed a guest role on "Star Trek" as a bewildered crew member trapped in a sinister amusement park. By the mid-'70s, Lopez had amassed several notable feature film roles; he was cast as a timid recruit in the World War II-era action comedy "Kelly's Heroes" and played Jack Nicholson's persistent partner and reluctant friend in Roman Polanski's critically acclaimed neo-noir "Chinatown." Shortly before his retirement from acting, Lopez reprised his role in the 1990 sequel, "The Two Jakes," directed by Nicholson and released to generally negative reviews.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Two Jakes, The (1990) Captain Lou Escobar
2.
 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) Eddie Rios
3.
 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) Ed Zacharias
4.
 Chinatown (1974) Escobar
5.
 Lady Ice (1973) Carlos
6.
 Hec Ramsey (1972) Sergeant Juan Mendoza
7.
 Kelly's Heroes (1970) Petchuko
8.
 Che! (1969) Rolando
9.
 Bandolero! (1968) Frisco
10.
 Daring Game (1968) Reuben
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