Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers: "T"


Tamayo, Marina: actress who had a brief (1936-42) but notable career. She was married to actor/singer Emilio Tuero.

Tamés, Manuel "Régulo" [Manuel Tamés hijo] (1916 or '17?-1987): son of actor Manuel Tamés (1881-1941). "Régulo" formed a comedy team with "Madaleno" (Francisco Fuentes); they specialized in playing clueless campesino/indio roles, in films and on TV from the '50s through the mid-1980s.

Tarraza, Juan Bruno (1912--): Cuban composer and pianist who appeared in numerous movies of the '40s and '50s, especially cabaretera genre pictures, which also featured many of his compositions. Tarraza remained active into the 1990s, although he hasn't appeared in a Mexican film since the late 1950s.

Tellez Girón, Guillermina: sexy-cute actress, on-screen from the late '40s to the mid-'60s.

Tenorio, Mario (1917-1943): handsome actor who was married to actress Adela Sequeyro and appeared in a number of films from 1929 through 1943. He was shot to death in a theatre in a crime of passion.

Thompson, Carlos [Juan Carlos Mundin Schaffter] (1923-1990): handsome Argentine actor, on-screen from 1939, who also worked in Hollywood, Mexico (one film), and Europe, appearing opposite María Félix and Lana Turner, among others. Thompson, also a published author, had a torrid romance with María Félix and later married actress Lilli Palmer. Most of his later films were made in Germany. Off-screen since the late '60s, Thompson committed suicide in 1990.

"Tin Tan" SEE Valdés, Germán

Tommasi, Alejandro : film, stage and TV actor of the 1990s. Notable as the husband in Sobrenatural.

"Toña la Negra" [Ma. Antonia del Carmen Peregrino] (1910-82): born in Veracruz, Toña la Negra moved to Mexico City and made her professional debut in 1933. In addition to many years of radio and recording success, she also appeared in a number of Mexican films, both in musical guest roles and as a supporting actress.

"Tongolele" aka Yolanda Montes [Yolanda Ivonne Móntez Farrington] (1931 or '33--): despite her long career in Mexico, the exotic dancer and sometimes actress was actually born in Spokane, Washington. Her father was Spanish/Swedish and her mother English/French (although her maternal grandmother allegedly had Tahitian blood). Tongolele became a professional dancer at the age of 15 and after an appearance in Tijuana, moved to Mexico City in late 1946. She worked in numerous Mexican films into the 1980s and is still active as a dancer and actress on TV and in live venues.

Torné, Regina [Rosa Incháustegui Anaya] (1945?--): Regina Torné was born in the state of Tabasco but later spent time in the United States. Before making her screen debut in 1964, Torné studied acting with Seki Sano. After making a large number of movies in the late 1960s and early '70s, the sultry Torné has made only occasional screen appearances since then, although she still works on TV and the stage. She won a Best Actress Ariel for Como agua para chocolate.

Torruco, Miguel (1917-1956): the handsome aviator Miguel Torruco, born in Chiapas, had already been married to actress María Elena Marqués for several years when he made his acting debut in 1950's Negro es mi color. Torruco became a popular leading man over the next several years, but his career was cut short by his death in an airplane crash.

Torvay, José (1910-1973 or 1909-1972!): supporting actor from the '40s through the early '70s. The Durango native Torvay was often cast as a Mexican of Middle-Eastern heritage.

Tovar, Luis Felipe: one of the outstanding young actors of the 1990s and beyond. Tovar has won three Best Supporting Actor Arieles: Principio y fin, El callejón de los milagros and Sin remitente. He has worked with most of the top directors in Mexico.

Tovar, Lucy: actress who had a few major roles in the early '70s but has mostly played supporting parts since then.

Tovar, Lupita (1910, 1911 or 1915?--): born in Oaxaca, Lupita Tovar was "discovered" by Robert Flaherty and made her acting debut in Hollywood during the 1920s. She worked on some Spanish-language features shot in Hollywood (including the well-known Hispanic version of Dracula) and returned to Mexico to star in the classic Santa (1931). She worked occasionally in Mexican cinema over the next decade but eventually retired to raise her family. Married to agent Paul Kohner, Tovar's children include actress Susan Kohner and producer Pancho Kohner.

Tovar, Rigo [Rigoberto Tovar García] (1951-2005): popular singer of the late '70s and early '80s who starred in several semi-autobiographical films.

Trevi, Gloria [Gloria Treviño] (1970--): outrageous pop singer of the '90s who made a few very popular films. Her career faltered in the late '90s and then collapsed when she and her manager were charged with sexual abuse of some teenage members of Trevi's entourage. In recent years, she has made a comeback.

Treviño, Jorge "Panqué": character actor, often in comic supporting roles, from the early '30s to the late 1950s. Treviño's nickname "Panqué" was a play on "Panseco," the nickname of actor Arturo Manrique, with whom he sometimes appeared.

Trío Calaveras [Miguel Bermejo, Raúl Prado, José Zaldívar]: singing group, on-screen in many films from 1937 to the '60s. Los tres Calaveras (1964) was a film biography of the trio (played by Joaquín Cordero, Manuel López Ochoa, and Rubén Zepeda Novelo).

"Trosky" aka "Trotsky" [José Luis Aguirre]: dancer and actor in movies from the '40s through the '70s. One of his most memorable (if atypical) roles was the devil in Santa Claus. Aguirre's daughter Evita (Eva Aguirre Muñiz) was a child star in some '60s features.

Trujillo, Valentín [Rafael Valentín Trujillo Gazcón] (1951--): the nephew of director Gilberto Gazcón (and thus also related to the de Anda family), the baby-faced Valentín Trujillo was on-screen as early as 1961, but made his mark playing "sensitive young man" roles in the late '60s and early '70s (he won a "Diosa de Plata" as Best New Male Actor for Figuras de arena). Later in the '70s he began playing action leads, and continued to be very popular in this vein into the 1990s. He has also directed and produced films. Trujillo was nominated for a Best Actor Ariel for Perro callejero, and for a Best Supporting Actor Ariel for Ansia de matar. He is married to actress Patricia María, and his brothers Raúl and Gilberto have also had acting careers.

Tuero, Emilio [Emilio Tuero Cubillas] (1912-1971): known as the "barítono del Argel" (after a type of necktie he wore), the refined-looking Emilio Tuero was born in Spain but achieved fame as a radio and stage singer in Mexico. He began his screen career in the mid-1930s and worked as a leading man through the 1950s, in films like Vértigo (1945, with María Félix) and Quinto patio (1950). His last movie role was a cameo as himself in Cri-Cri el grillito cantor (1963). He also produced films. Tuero was married to actress Marina Tamayo.


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