Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers


Haller, Magda (1915-1981): El Paso native (of Mexican parents) who appeared in a number of films in the '30s, including Bustillo Oro's Dos monjes (1934). In 1939 she had the female lead in two Spanish-language films made by William Rowland for RKO in Mexico, Perfidia and Odio, but does not seem to have made any movies after these.

Hansel, Arthur: [also spelled "Hansl"] Anglo actor who appeared in some Mexican and Spanish films in the late '60s-early '70s, mostly in supporting roles (usually as gringos) but basically had the hero's role in El mansión de la locura (aka Professor Tarr's Torture Dungeon). In the 1980s he wrote a number of paperback crime novels. He has appeared only infrequently onscreen in the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in films produced by the Hool brothers.

Haro Oliva, Nadia (1922--): French-born stage and TV actress who made some film appearances in the '50s and '60s, notably as the black magic practicioner in Misterios de la magia negra. I believe she was married to Antonio Haro Oliva, who won a silver medal in the Olympics for Mexico in fencing, and it is possible that their daughter was Bettina Haro Oliva, who made a couple of films in the 1970s.

Hayek, Salma (1968--): exotic-looking actress (her father was Lebanese, her mother Mexican) who, after some TV work and several films in Mexico, made the jump to Hollywood productions. She was nominated for a Best Actress Ariel in 1995 for her work in El callejón de los milagros.

Heredia, Dolores: beautiful actress of the '90s, notable as the temptress in Vagabunda; nominated as Best Actress for Dos crímenes.

Hermosillo, Carmen [Carmen Kornhausen]: after debuting in a small role in 1935, Carmen Hermosillo went on to substantial roles and even the leads in various films during the latter half of the decade--including Un domingo en la tarde (1938) with torero Lorenzo Garza and Caminos de ayer (1938) opposite Jorge Negrete--but was then off-screen until she made a brief (3 picture) comeback in 1945-46.

Hernán, Aarón (1931--): Chihuahua native, on-screen from the late '50s in supporting roles, mostly as grouchy, stern or domineering characters. Also active on TV and the stage. Elected Secretary General of ANDA, the actors' union, in 1998. Hernán received a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the 1994 Arieles for his role in Kino.

Hernández, Elodia: Veracruz-born character actress, usually in bit parts as a neighbor, party guest, etc., from the '30s through the '60s.

Hernández, Guillermo "Lobo Negro" (1917-1990): stocky, Oaxaca-born professional wrestler (he won "rookie of the year" honors in 1937) and character actor, on-screen from the '50s into the '70s. He was usually cast in villainous roles, but occasionally showed flashes of humor and wit. His son, Guillermo Hernández Jr., appeared in some '70s films.

Hernández de la Vega, Luciano (?--1985): character actor, on-screen from the '30s through at least the '70s. In later years, usually sported a white moustache and goatee and played fussy, officious and/or pompous characters.

Herrera, Daniel "Chino" [Daniel Herrera Bates] (1907 or '09?-1983): comic character actor who, as his nickname suggests, occasionally played Asian roles. Born in Mérida. On-screen from the 1930s through the '70s. A frequent stage collaborator of Cantinflas, later appeared with him in several films.

Herrera, Enrique (1904-1991): nebbishy-acting Cuban-born comic actor in late 1930s and 1940s Mexican cinema, who also played some straight parts, such as the role of Emperor Maximilian in La Paloma (1937). Also directed one film, Los apuros de Narciso (1939).

Herrera, Guillermo [Guillermo Herrera Zepeda]: nervous-looking character actor, on-screen from the 1960s on. He also produces films under the Prods. Tollocán banner.

Herrera, Humberto: young man who had the second lead in a number of 1980s films; primarily works as a ranchera singer now.

Herrera, Lorena: voluptuous blonde bombshell in films from the late '80s onward. Made many screen appearances in sexy comedies and action films. Also works on TV, but has mostly concentrated on her singing career in the past year or so.

Herrera, Norma (1942--): former ranchera singer (from the early '60s) who started working in films of the 1970s and 1980s in dramatic, non-singing roles, usually as somebody's worried wife. She won the Best Actress Ariel in 1980 for her role in Fuego en el mar (as somebody's worried wife, of course). Later had a recurring role in the "Fiscal del hierro" series as Mario Almada's worried wife. She is the real-life wife (but probably not worried) of director Raúl Araiza and the mother of Raúl Araiza Jr. and Armando Araiza.

Herrera, Regino (?-1996): extremely prolific bit player and supporting actor, in hundreds of films from the 1940s through the '90s. Sometimes cast as villains, but from the '60s onward, often appeared as campesinos and/or indios. Received the "Diosa de Plata" award in 1966 as the Best Supporting Actor for his role in Luis Alcoriza's Tarahumara (1964).

Herrera Calles, "Kikis" [Natalia] (?-1983): supporting actress, on-screen in the '60s and '70s, mostly playing snooty society-woman roles. She was the granddaughter of former Mexican president Plutarco Elías Calles.

Hidalgo, Laura: beautiful Argentine-born actress, somewhat resembling Hedy Lamarr, who appeared in a few Mexican films during the 1950s. Best Actress Ariel nomination for Las tres perfectas casadas. She was for a time married to Spanish actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta.

Hijo del Santo, El [Jorge Guzmán] (1961--): the only one of El Santo's children to follow in his footsteps, El Hijo del Santo made his professional wrestling debut in 1982, and has remained a popular star in this milieu ever since (although, reversing his father's evolution, El Hijo started out as a "técnico" and much later changed to a "rudo"). In addition to his own starring films, Guzmán appeared as a boy in several of his father's features, including Santo vs. Capulina and Santo en la venganza de la momia.

Hoyos, Kitty de [María Cristina Guadalupe Vega Hoyos](1937 or 1941?-1999): after making her acting debut on TV in 1954, Kitty de Hoyos rapidly became one of the top sex symbols of 1950s cinema. She made few film appearances after the 1960s, but has stayed active in TV and on the stage. She won a "Diosa de Plata" award for her performance in Los cuervos están de luto. She died on 28 December 1999, of cancer.

Hud, Antonio de: supporting actor of the '50s-'80s, often as weak or villainous characters, although early in his career he was a young leading man, especially in telenovelas. Also works on the stage.

Humboldt, Christa von: blonde actress in supporting roles, on-screen from the 1950s. Probably German-born.

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