Antonio Moreno


Actor
Antonio Moreno

About

Also Known As
Antonio Garride Monteaguado Moreno, Tony Moreno, Antonio Semedo Moreno
Birth Place
Madrid, ES
Born
September 26, 1887
Died
February 15, 1967
Cause of Death
Complications From A Stroke

Biography

This handsome, fiery Latin Lover of the silent screen co-starred with some of the era's most famed leading ladies, and was dubbed "The It Man" by author Elinor Glyn. Born in Madrid, Moreno came to the US as a teenager and began acting onstage in the early 1910s. He supported such stars as Maude Adams, Julia Marlowe and Mrs. Leslie Carter, but his accent limited his roles. The silent scre...

Family & Companions

Daisy Canfield Danziger
Wife
Oil heiress; married in 1923; separated weeks before her 1933 death in an auto accident.

Notes

Moreno was reportedly the last person to telephone director William Desmond Taylor on the night Taylor was murdered.

"When an actor plays a foreign role and speaks his lines in English, it is plain to be seen on the [silent] screen . . . One can watch actors speaking and practically tell what they are saying. So when I'm supposed to be French I speak French, and when I'm Spanish I speak Spanish." --Antonio Moreno to reporter Roscoe McGowan, 1926.

Biography

This handsome, fiery Latin Lover of the silent screen co-starred with some of the era's most famed leading ladies, and was dubbed "The It Man" by author Elinor Glyn. Born in Madrid, Moreno came to the US as a teenager and began acting onstage in the early 1910s. He supported such stars as Maude Adams, Julia Marlowe and Mrs. Leslie Carter, but his accent limited his roles. The silent screen was more accommodating. In 1912, he made his screen debut in "The Voice of the Millions" and went on to appear in over a dozen films at Biograph, many directed by D W Griffith, including "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" (1912) and "Judith of Bethulia" (1914). By 1914, Moreno had become a regular stock member of Brooklyn's Vitagraph Studios.

Moreno stayed with Vitagraph, off and on, through 1923, appearing in more than 100 films. As onstage, he provided masculine support to such stars as the Talmadge sisters, Lillian Walker and Muriel Ostriche, and starred in a number of action serials (i.e., "The Iron Test" 1918; "The Perils of Thunder Mountain" 1919; "The Invisible Hand" 1920). Moreno hated these films and decamped for Paramount in 1923. That studio made him a full-fledged star in such vehicles as "My American Wife" (1923), opposite Gloria Swanson, and "The Spanish Dancer" (also 1923), with Pola Negri. He spent the rest of his career free-lancing, and enjoyed many successes in the late silent era: the sea saga "Mare Nostrum" (1926), the Garbo vehicle "The Temptress" (also 1926), the delightful Clara Bow comedy "It" (1927), the British-made hit "Madame Pompadour" (1927) and the flapper comedy "Synthetic Sin" (1928).

Talkies put an end to Moreno's top-flight stardom, but he was never out of work. He did Spanish-language versions of many American films and journeyed to Mexico and Cuba to both star and direct. He helmed Mexico's first two talking films, "Santa" and "Aguilas Frente al Sol" (both 1932). In later years, Moreno appeared in character roles in such films as "Notorious" (1946), "The Captain from Castille" (1947) and "The Searchers" (1956). He also played the scientist who discovered "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954). Wealthy and bored with films, Moreno retired in 1958, dying in 1967 after several years of ill health.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Santa (1932)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

In Vanda's Room (2000)
Tres vidas en el recuerdo (1957)
The Searchers (1956)
Emilio Figueroa
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Carl Maia
Saskatchewan (1954)
Chief Dark Cloud
Wings of the Hawk (1953)
Father Perez
Thunder Bay (1953)
Dominique Rigaud
The Mark of the Renegade (1951)
José de Vasquez
Saddle Tramp (1950)
Martinez
Crisis (1950)
Dr. Emilio Nierra
Dallas (1950)
Felipe Robles
Lust for Gold (1949)
Ramon Peralta
Captain from Castile (1948)
Don Francisco de Vargas
Notorious (1946)
Senor Ortiza
The Spanish Main (1945)
Commandante
Tampico (1944)
Justice of the peace
Undercover Man (1942)
Tomas Gonzales
Valley of the Sun (1942)
Chief Cochise
Fiesta (1941)
Don Juan Hernández
They Met in Argentina (1941)
Don Carlos
Two Latins from Manhattan (1941)
Latin
The Kid from Kansas (1941)
Chief of police
Seven Sinners (1940)
Rubio
Ambush (1939)
Detective-Captain Gonzales
Rose of the Rio Grande (1938)
Lugo
The Bohemian Girl (1936)
Devilshoof
Señora casada necesita marido (1935)
Tomás Karen
¡Asegure a su mujer! (1935)
Eduardo Martin
Rosa de Francia (1935)
Felipe V
Alas sobre el Chaco (1935)
Comandante Manuel Tovar
Storm over the Andes (1935)
Major Manuel Tovar
La ciudad de cartón (1934)
Fred Collins
Primavera en otoño (1933)
Enrique
La voluntad del muerto (1930)
Pablo
El cuerpo del delito (1930)
Harry Gray
Los que danzan (1930)
Daniel Hogan, also known as Frank "Cicatriz" Tunner
El precio de un beso (1930)
Estrada
One Mad Kiss (1930)
Don Estrada
Rough Romance (1930)
Loup Latour
El hombre malo (1930)
Pancho López
Careers (1929)
Victor Gromaire
The Air Legion (1929)
Steve
Romance of the Rio Grande (1929)
Juan
Synthetic Sin (1929)
Donald
The Midnight Taxi (1928)
Tony Driscoll
Adoration (1928)
Serge
The Whip Woman (1928)
Count Michael Ferenzi
Nameless Men (1928)
Bob
Come to My House (1927)
Floyd Bennings
It (1927)
Cyrus Waltham
Venus of Venice (1927)
Kenneth
Beverly of Graustark (1926)
Danton
The Flaming Forest (1926)
Sgt. David Carrigan
Mare Nostrum (1926)
Ulysses Ferragut
Love's Blindness (1926)
Hubert Culverdale, Eighth Earl of St. Austel
The Temptress (1926)
Robledo
One Year To Live (1925)
Capt. Tom Kendrick
Learning To Love (1925)
Scott Warner
Her Husband's Secret (1925)
Elliot Owen
Tiger Love (1924)
The Wildcat
The Border Legion (1924)
Jim Cleve
The Story Without a Name (1924)
Alan Holt
Flaming Barriers (1924)
Sam Barton
Bluff (1924)
Robert Fitzmaurice
Look Your Best (1923)
Carlo Bruni
Lost and Found on a South Sea Island (1923)
Lloyd Warren
My American Wife (1923)
Manuel La Tassa
The Spanish Dancer (1923)
Don César de Bazan
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1923)
John Hale
The Exciters (1923)
Pierre Martel
A Guilty Conscience (1921)
Gilbert Thurstan
Three Sevens (1921)
Daniel Craig
The Secret of the Hills (1921)
Guy Fenton
The Veiled Mystery (1920)
The Invisible Hand (1920)
Perils of Thunder Mountain (1919)
The Iron Test (1919)
The Naulahka (1918)
Nicholas Tarvin
The First Law (1918)
Hugh Godwin
The House of Hate (1918)
The Angel Factory (1917)
David Darrow
The Captain of the Gray Horse Troop (1917)
Capt. George Curtis
Aladdin from Broadway (1917)
Jack Stanton
The Mark of Cain (1917)
Kane Langdon
By Right of Possession (1917)
Tom Baxter
Her Right to Live (1917)
John Oxmore
Money Magic (1917)
Ben Fordyce
The Magnificent Meddler (1917)
Montague Emerson
A Son of the Hills (1917)
Sandy Morley
The Shop Girl (1916)
Peter Rolls
Rose of the South (1916)
Dick Randolph
Kennedy Square (1916)
Harry Rutter
The Tarantula (1916)
Pedro Mendoza
The Supreme Temptation (1916)
Herbert Dubois
The Devil's Prize (1916)
Hugh Roland
The Island of Regeneration (1915)
John Charnock, Jr., as a man
A Price for Folly (1915)
M. Jean de Segni
On Her Wedding Night (1915)
Henry Hallam
The Dust of Egypt (1915)
Geoffrey Lascelles

Life Events

1901

Moved to USA at age 14 (date approximate)

1910

Began acting onstage (date approximate)

1912

Film debut, "The Voice of the Million"

1912

Made over a dozen films at Biograph, many directed by D W Griffith

1926

Starred in "Mare Nostrum," "The Temptress" and "Beverly of Graustark" at MGM

1927

Co-starred with Clara Bow in "It"

1929

Began making Spanish-language talkies

1956

Made last American feature, "The Searchers"

1958

Last film, "El Senor Faron y la Cleopatra"

1965

Suffered stroke

Photo Collections

The Temptress - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from MGM's The Temptress (1926), starring Greta Garbo.

Videos

Movie Clip

Searchers, The (1956) - We've Seen Scalps Before Big reveal here as Mexican trader Figueroa (Antonio Moreno) leads the title characters (John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter as Ethan and Martin) to meet Comanche chief Scar (Henry Brandon), who is suspected of holding kidnapped Debbie (who’s grown up to be Natalie Wood), and who brandishes a medal long ago given to the girl, in John Ford’s celebrated Western The Searchers, 1956.
Bohemian Girl, The (1936) - Tell Her Yes First appearance by stars Stan Laurel and OIiver Hardy, busy in a gypsy camp in 18th century Austria, Oliver certain of the fidelity of his wife (Mae Busch, Antonio Moreno her lover), in The Bohemian Girl, 1936, from an 1843 English operetta, based on a Miguel de Cervantes story.
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) - Miracle Of Life Quick transit from the widest frame of reference to an improbable dig in Brazil, the opening narration from director Jack Arnold's Creature From The Black Lagoon, 1954, Antonio Moreno as Dr. Maia, also starring Richard Carlson and Julia Adams.
Mare Nostrum (1926) - The Forbidden Room His family enriched by the Great War, Spanish captain Ulysses (Antonio Moreno) vacationing in Naples (on location) meets Freya (Alice Terry, wife of director Rex Ingram) who, he doesn’t realize, reminds him of the sea goddess of his dreams, with a stuffy archaeologist (Mme. Paquerette), in Mare Nostrum, 1926.
Temptress, The (1926) - Her Jewels Paid The Way Argentine engineer Robledo (Antonio Moreno) at first thrilled his childhood pal Torre (Armand Kaliz) has come from France, less delighted when his decadent wife Elena (Greta Garbo), whom he has scorned, appears, in The Temptress, 1926, from a Vicente Blasco-Ibanez novel.
Temptress, The (1926) - Will You Think Me Too Bold? At a wild Paris costume party, fleeing the advances of her creepy lover and host, Elena (Greta Garbo, in her 2nd Hollywood picture) having no fun until intercepted by a stranger (Antonio Moreno), whom we will learn is a close friend of her wronged husband, early in MGM’s The Temptress, 1926.
In Vanda's Room (2001) - Noah's Ark Early in director Pedro Costa's documentary-style narrative film shot on DV (digital video), addict Vanda and sister Lena on the bed, profane, natural light, low angles and static camera, from the second film in the trilogy shot in Lisbon's Fontainhas slum, In Vanda's Room, 2001.
In Vanda's Room (2001) - Got Any Bananas? Nearly an hour into director Pedro Costa's "docufiction" hybrid, one of the first true exterior shots, demonstrating the ongoing demolition of the Fontainhas slum in Lisbon, then scenes with addict Vanda, sister Lena and mother Zita Duarte, with coarse language, from In Vanda's Room, 2001.
Dallas (1950) - Father Kept Him Hidden Hollister (Gary Cooper) and Weatherby (Leif Erickson), who've swapped identities, ride up to the Texas ranch where Senor Robles (Antonio Moreno) presides, his daughter Tonia (Ruth Roman), expecting her fiance`, in Dallas, 1950.
It (1927) - I'm Going To Get My Wish! Elinor Glyn, author of the hot new article, at the Ritz, accosted by Cyrus (Antonio Moreno) who is then pursued by Betty Lou (Clara Bow), losing interest in her date Monty (William Austin), in Paranmount's It, 1927.
It (1927) - Hot Socks! The New Boss! Aide Monty (William Austin) is all into whether employer pal Cyrus (Antonio Moreno) has the thing cited in a hot new article, then they meet shop-girls, led by Betty Lou (Clara Bow), in Paramount's It, 1927.

Trailer

Family

Juan Monteaguado
Father
Army officer. Died when Moreno was young.
Ana Moreno
Mother
Remarried after Moreno's father's death.

Companions

Daisy Canfield Danziger
Wife
Oil heiress; married in 1923; separated weeks before her 1933 death in an auto accident.

Bibliography

Notes

Moreno was reportedly the last person to telephone director William Desmond Taylor on the night Taylor was murdered.

"When an actor plays a foreign role and speaks his lines in English, it is plain to be seen on the [silent] screen . . . One can watch actors speaking and practically tell what they are saying. So when I'm supposed to be French I speak French, and when I'm Spanish I speak Spanish." --Antonio Moreno to reporter Roscoe McGowan, 1926.