Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers

"M" Part Four

These two appear slightly out of alphabetical order.

Michel, León (1931--): handsome supporting actor, usually in lighter fare, on-screen in the 1950s and 1960s. Born in San Luis Potosí.

Molina, Cristina: blonde actress of the late '70s and early '80s.

Mora, Irlanda (1939--) : blonde, Colombian-born actress with very unusual eyes, first on-screen in the 1950s, but more visible in the late '60s and into the '70s. Still active on TV.

Mora, Margarita (1920 or '21?-1976): sweet-faced leading lady of the 1930s and early '40s, born in the Dominican Republic. Despite her relatively short career (1937-43), Mora had the distinction of appearing opposite many major stars of the era, including Jorge Negrete, Cantinflas, Pedro Infante, and Tito Guízar.

Mora, Norma; dark-haired ingenue, on-screen from 1960-67, attractive but not very distinctive.

Morán, Patricia: Morán, a perky young woman who somewhat resembled Lilia Michel, made her screen debut in 1945, and appeared in a significant number of films during the latter half of the decade. She made a brief comeback in the '60s, in adult roles. Best Co-Starring Actress Ariel nomination for Otra primavera ('49).

Morayta, Francisco "Paco": son of director Miguel Morayta, began acting in the '70s in pictures like Aquellos años (1972), where he portrayed Emperor Maximilian. He also collaborated with his father on the scripts of several films, including El robo de las momias de Guanajuato. Still active, Morayta can also be seen in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Romeo and Juliet (1996), filmed in Mexico.

Morcillo, José (1875-to 1949 or 1950?): balding, heavy-set Spanish character actor, in Mexican films from 1941. Best Supporting Actor Ariel nominations for La barraca and Pepita Jiménez, in consecutive years.

Morel, Gloria [María Victoria Torres Chavero] (1922--): Morel, born in Sinaloa, came from the stage (she had worked for the famous Virginia Fábregas) to films in 1934. For the next few years she had roles in numerous pictures (playing leading ladies while still in her early teens, apparently!), but by the early 1940s she was making only sporadic appearances (which she continued until at least 1976's Cananea).

Moreno, Antonio [Antonio Garrido Monteagudo Moreno] (1887-1967): Madrid-born actor who started out on the stage; came to the USA and made his screen debut in 1912. Over the next two decades he worked mostly in Hollywood, including star turns opposite Greta Garbo, Pola Negri, and Gloria Swanson. During the early sound era he appeared in a number of Spanish-language features shot in Hollywood. Traveled to Mexico and directed two features, Santa (1931) and Aguilas frente al sol (1932). However, he only acted in one Mexican movie (in 1945). Moreno continued to appear in character roles in Hollywood through The Searchers (1956). Moreno should not be confused with Ramón Novarro (who was Mexican), another "Latin lover" star of silent Hollywood.

Moreno, Consuelo (?-1947): actress who appeared in five Juan Orol films between 1933-37, the first of many women whom Orol would promote as film stars (her sister Mercedes Moreno also had roles in some of the same pictures). But in 1938 Orol left Mexico for Cuba and met María Antonieta Pons--his next "discovery"--and Consuelo Moreno disappeared from the screen.

Moreno, Jaime (1946--): curly-haired, blue-eyed "hunk" actor of the 1970s and 1980s, in films and on TV. Also appeared as a Mexican Playgirl centerfold.

Moreno, José Elías (1910-1969): the burly José Elías Moreno was born in Jalisco, and made his screen debut as an extra in the mid-'30s. After a number of years playing--chiefly--villains, Moreno moved into mature and sympathetic parts (like the title role in Santa Claus, and several appearances as Pancho Villa). He directed one film which was released after his death. His son, also known as José Elías Moreno, is an actor in films and on TV, from the early 1980s. The senior Moreno won a Best Supporting Actor Ariel for La bestia magnífica and the following year took the Best Co-Starring Actor prize for Las tres perfectas casadas. He was also nominated for a Best Co-Starring Actor Ariel for Bodas de oro.

Moreno, Lucha [Irma Gloria Ochoa de Hernández]: ranchera singer and occasional actress, on-screen since the late 1950s. Still appears in telenovelas.

Moreno, Mario see "Cantinflas"

Moreno, Zully [Zulema González] (1919-1999): blonde Argentine actress best known in Mexico for her co-starring vehicles with Arturo de Córdova (some made in Argentina, some in Mexico) such as María Montecristo (1950). Married to director Luis César Amadori.

Moret, Gina [sometimes spelled "Morett"]: sexy actress, on-screen since the late 1960s. She has continued to work in movies through the '90s and in recent years has earned Best Supporting Actress Ariel nominations for Angel de fuego and Salón México, and a Best Co-Starring Actress nomination for Sin remitente.

Morillo, Amparo (?-1976): blonde Spanish actress, whose screen debut in Mexico came in 1941. After the 1940s, she only rarely appeared in films. Nominated as Best Co-Starring Actress for La barraca in the first year of the Ariel Awards.

Moro, Frank (1944-1993): Frank Moro was born in Cuba but moved to Miami as a youth. He got his start as an actor on Puerto Rican TV, then made a number of Mexican films and TV appearances from the 1970s (his debut was actually in Antesala de la silla eléctrica, shot in Miami and Puerto Rico by Juan Orol in 1966) until his death in the early 1990s.

Morris, Olga: Chilean-born actress of the 1960s and early '70s, usually in sexy supporting roles.

Moss, Berta [Juana Bertha Moscovish Holm) (1919 or '29?-2008): born in Argentina (although García Riera cites Chile)--where she appeared in a number of films--Moss came to Mexico in 1959 and has worked on the stage, in films, and on TV since then. Usually cast as stern aunts, housekeepers, etc., in the Judith Anderson mold, cf Invasión de los vampiros and El vampiro sangriento.

Motton, Billy [sometimes spelled "Moton" and even "Morton"]: very large, muscular black actor in minor roles as heavies in Mexican films of the '70s.

Muller, Francisco "Paco" (1923-1989): character actor, slightly resembling "Polo" Ortín, who first appeared in Buñuel's Los olvidados but who worked most steadily on-screen in the 1970s and '80s.

Munguía, Alfonso: actor brother of film editor José Juan Munguía, on-screen since the late '60s. Had a few shots at leading roles (cf Azul), but mostly used as a supporting player.

Munguía, Jessica [sometimes just billed as "Jessica"]: 1960s ingenue, mostly in lower-echelon films. Gloria Munguía was another actress in this era, but I do not know if either of the Munguía women were related to Alfonso or José Juan.

Munguía, Lourdes: attractive young actress of the 1980s who never got really substantial roles in movies, but is still active on TV and the stage.

Muñiz, Marco Antonio (1933--): singer (originally with "Los Tres Ases" and then as a solo performer) and occasional actor; father of singer/actor Jorge "Coque" Muñiz.

Muñoz, Amparo: Spanish actress, "Miss Universe" of 1974 who has worked frequently in her home country and also showed up in several Mexican films (and co-productions), like Todo un hombre, Como México no hay dos, and El tahur.

Muñoz, Evita "Chachita" (1936--): Evita Muñoz was born in Veracruz (some sources cite Mexico City), and made her screen debut in 1940. She achieved fame as Pedro Infante's daughter in Nosotros los pobres and Ustedes los ricos (she was reunited with Fredy Fernández "El Pichi" from these films, on the TV series "Nosotros los Gómez"). As she matured, Chachita gained considerable weight and moved into character roles. She won a Diosa de Plata for Cayó de la gloria el Diablo (1971). Still active on TV. At one time married to Hugo Macías.

Muñoz, José: ubiquitous moustached character actor from the 1930s through the '60s, often seen as scowling gangsters, cops, etc., but occasionally allowed to play more sympathetic minor roles. Born in Guanajuato.

Muñoz, Manolo (1941 or '42-2000): the slim, nerdy-looking Muñoz was born in Jalisco, and began singing professionally with a mariachi group at the age of 13. He later joined the rock 'n roll combo "Los Gibson Boys" before becoming a solo pop singer in the 1960s. During this decade, he made a number of film appearances as well. One of his most notable roles was as the (drums-playing) Devil in Mi alma por un amor. Not to be confused with long-time assistant director Manuel Muñoz.

Muñoz, René: Cuban-born black actor and scriptwriter, who became famous playing Saint Martín de Porres in the Spanish film Fray Escoba (1961). His subsequent acting career was a mostly a succession of variations on this role. Still active in telenovelas as an actor and writer.

Murayama, Noé (1930-1997): despite his Asian name and features (which would allow him to play Asian and Mexican characters interchangeably) Noé Murayama was born in San Luis Potosí and studied dentistry in Mexico City before the acting bug struck. After working in experimental theater and attending the ANDA acting school, Murayama made his professional debut in 1952 and first appeared on screen in 1957. Over the next 40 years he would act in many films, plays, and TV shows, often as villains. Murayama formed his own production company in the 1990s and directed 5 direct-to-video features before his death, of liver trouble, in August 1997. His son is also an actor, who works under the name Claudio Rojo. Murayama received a Best Actor Ariel nomination for La pachanga.

Murguía, Ana Ofelia (1933--): stage actress and radio performer who has picked up 3 Ariel Awards and 13 additional nominations in just over 20 years! She won the Best Co-Starring Actress Ariel for La reina de la noche, and Best Supporting Actress Arieles for Cadena perpetua and Los motivos de Luz. She also earned nominations as Best Supporting Actress for Las poquianchis, Ora si tenemos que ganar!, Los confines, Morena and De noche vienes, Esmeralda; Best Actress nominations for Naufragio, Mi querido Tom Mix, El anzuelo, De muerte natural; Best Co-Starring Actress nominations for Chido Guan--Tacos de oro, El jardín del Edén.

Muriel, Alma (1951 or '52-2014): actress who made her screen debut in the late '60s, often portraying vulnerable young women. Best Actress Ariel nominations for Amor libre, Retrato de una mujer casada, Luna de sangre. Active on TV and the stage until her death.

Murillo, Inés : long-time supporting actress, most often seen as earnest servants, neighbor ladies, and so forth. Married to actor Manuel Dondé. Best Supporting Actress nomination for El camino de la vida.

Murillo, José L. [José de la Luz Murillo]: white-haired supporting actor and production manager, born in Guanajuato, who shows up in many (maybe the majority of) films produced by the de Anda family from the 1940s through the 1990s. He started out as an occasional henchman but in later years played sympathetic father-figures most of the time.

Murray, Guillermo [Guillermo Murray Muttis Bird Sayi] (1927 or 1929?--): Argentine actor (film debut in 1955) who came to Mexico in 1960 (his first Mexican movie was El mundo de los vampiros). Progressed from romantic leads to patriarchal character roles. Very prolific performer on TV and the stage; has occasionally directed films and is also the author of a novel and short stories.

Mussot, Luis (1896-?): slightly shifty-looking Spanish character actor, on-screen in Mexico from the '30s into the 1950s; played doctors, officials, etc. His son Luis Jr. made a fair number of movies as well.

Múzquiz, Carlos (1905-1960): foxy-faced character actor of the 1940s and 1950s, generally in unsympathetic roles as gangsters, etc. Best Supporting Actor Ariel nomination for La mujer que yo amé.

Posted 5 January 2000, updated 1 June 2014 by

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