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He can act in his native Portuguese, as well as in Spanish, Italian, French, English, and German, which could be one of the reasons Joaquim De Almeida could be seen in the 1980s and 90s in a wide range of international feature films, often playing lovers, revolutionaries, or killers. The suave, handsome actor first won notice opposite Klaus Kinski and Ken Wahl in the violent actioner "The Soldier" (1982) and in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "Good Morning Babylon" (1986), in which he and Vincent Spano were Italian brothers trying to make their way in Hollywood during the early silent films era. But it was 1994 before American audiences--and Hollywood--began to put De Almeida on their lists. That year, he was the cold-hearted murderer Felix Cortez in "Clear and Present Danger," as well as Giovanni, the Italian gigolo romancing Bonnie Hunt, in "Only You." The following year, he was featured in Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado," as the drug lord antagonist.
De Almeida has made few appearances on American TV, although he played a policeman on location segments of the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" and guest-starred in a 1985 episode of "Miami Vice" as a vicious rapist who thinks he is above the law. He co-starred in a miniseries version of Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" (PBS, 1997). De Almeida has also made a few American stage appearances, notably in Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding," produced off-Broadway in 1992 at NYC's Public Theatre.
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Made early film appearance in "The Soldier"
Appeared in "Beyond the Limit"
Made American TV debut in episode of "Miami Vice"
Starred in "Good Morning Babylon", first English-language film by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Cast as the painter Fragonard in "Les Deux Fragonard"
Appeared in "Blood Wedding" at the Public Theatre
Played key roles in "Clear and Present Danger" and "Only You"
Co-starred in "Desperado"
Acted in "Nostromos"
Starred opposite Carmen Maura in "Elles/Women"
Had featured role in "On the Run"; released in USA in 2000
Played leading role in "One Man's Hero"
Delivered a villainous turn as a mob underboss in the CBS drama series "Falcone"
Acted in "Vendetta"; aired on HBO before its release on video