Mexican actor Manuel Ojeda has passed away at the age of 81. The cause of death has not been revealed yet. Ojeda was one of the most popular actors in Mexico and acted in more than 200 films and television shows.
He is fondly remembered for playing the villain Colonel Zolo in the 1984 American film Romancing the Stone. Read on to know more about the actor and his almost five-decade-long career.
National Association of Actors Announced Ojeda’s Death
The actor’s death was first announced by Mexico’s National Association of Actors. They wrote in a tweet, “The National Association of Actors deeply regrets the death of our partner Manuel Salvador Ojeda ‘Manuel Ojeda’, a member of our union. Our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace.”
Following the news, Mexico’s Ministry of Culture expressed their grief over the actor’s passing. “The Ministry of Culture mourns the death of Manuel Ojeda, renowned theater, film and television actor, who will be remembered for ‘Pedro Páramo, the man with the half moon,’ among many projects,” the ministry tweeted.
Fans have also been mourning Ojeda’s death, with one of them tweeting, “Pillar of Mexican cinema, Manuel Ojeda dies at 81, participated in key films such as Canoa, El Apando, Las Poquianchis.”
Mexican actor Pablo Valentín also remembered the actor and wrote, “Good journey, Manuel! My Manuel companion of theater, television and long talks. Thank you, Manuel, for sharing your experiences, your wisdom and humility. I love you always Manuel. Happy trip, Manuel Ojeda.”
Manuel Started his Acting Career in Theatre
Manuel was born on November 4, 1940, in La Paz, Baja California Sur. He studied acting at the Institute of Fine Arts and went on to start his career in theatre. In 1974, he bagged his first film Calzonzin inspector and made his television debut two years later with media company Televisa.
His acting credits include a long list of 291 films. Some of his most famous films are Canoa (1975), El elegido (1975), La casa del sur (1976), El apando (1976), La pasión según Berenice (1976), Las) Poquianchis (1976), Yo no lo se de cierto, lo supongo (1982), El tonto que hacía milagros (1984), Al filo de la ley: Misión rescate (1986) and El secuestro de un periodista.
Ojeda’s last film was the 1994 project La dinastía de Los Pérez. For his portrayal of Jacinto Chontal in the 1981 film El infierno de todos tan temido, he received the Ariel Award for Best Actor.
Ojeda was an Acclaimed Telenovela Actor
Ojeda made his Telenovela debut with the series adaptation of the novel Santa, by Federico Gamboa, and after that, there was no looking back. He became a highly acclaimed actor among the audience with his performances in Herencia maldita (1986), De pura sangre (1985-1986), La traición (1984)Amor ajeno (1983) and Bajo un mismo rostro (1995).
Other famous television works of the actor include , El vuelo del águila (1994-1995) and Al filo de la muerte (1991-1992), El precio de tu amor (2000-2001), La fea más bella (2006-2007), Alborada (2005-2006), Misión S.O.S. (2004-2005) and Amarte es mi pecado (2004).
Ojeda’s absence will surely be felt in the Mexican entertainment industry. May the departed soul rest in peace! Stay tuned for more news and updates.