Actor Juan Diego Ruiz Moreno, popularly known as Juan Diego, died this Thursday at the age of 79, family sources have confirmed to EL PAÍS. Let’s see how did Actor Juan Diego die.
Who was actor Juan Diego?
The actor Juan Diego, is known for his roles in films such as The Holy Innocents and The Stunned King.
Born in the Sevillian town of Bormujos, with the name of Juan Diego Ruiz Moreno, the actor debuted in theater and later joined the regular cast in the dramatic programs on Spanish Television such as Estudio Uno. He also worked in series such as Las doce caras de Eva or Tragedies of vulgar life.
During the early stages of his career, Diego took part in such unexpected films as Fantasia 3, the children’s film directed by Eloy de la Iglesia, with whom he would collaborate again on Algo Amargo en la Boca, and the highly controversial La creature, where he was one of the vertices of a love triangle completed by Ana Belén and a large dog. Likewise, we could also see him in The taxi of conflicts and The demon of jealousy.
Signified by his militancy in the Communist Party, Diego had his most celebrated role in 1984 with The Holy Innocents. The adaptation of the novel by Miguel Delibes directed by Mario Camus cast him in the role of Señorito Iván, an Extremaduran landowner obsessed with hunting who tyrannizes his tenants, including Paco Rabal, Alfredo Landa, and Terele Pávez.
Likewise, Juan Diego appeared in films such as Dragon Rapide (whose role as Francisco Franco gave him his first Goya nomination), Elvoyage to Nowhere, and The Stunned King, thanks to whose role as an inquisitor fond of charring Lutherans and Judaizers he took his first ‘big head’ as a supporting actor.
In 1999, he would win the same trophy for Paris, Timbuktu, and Luis García Berlanga‘s farewell: according to the Valencian filmmaker, Diego was “the only actor with the balls to come out naked” in the film. His victory as the protagonist at the Goyas would come in 2007 for Vete de mí, a film that would also earn him the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián Festival.
Likewise, Juan Diego had highly acclaimed roles on television, highlighting his appearances in the series Second Teaching, Paco’s Men, and Father Courage. His latest films released so far have been Xtremo and El cover, both from 2021, while Venus and Historias are yet to hit the screen.
Juan Diego Cause of death
Sevillian actor Juan Diego has died at the age of 79, the victim of a long illness as confirmed by his relatives and the Film Academy.
How did Actor Juan Diego die, The interpreter, who had been going through health problems in recent years, starred in emblematic films and plays such as ‘The Holy Innocents’. But the exact cause of death is not revealed yet.
A few days ago he was hospitalized at the Zarzuela Clinic in Madrid, where he died this morning.
#JuanDiego, a great of our theater, cinema, and television, has died. I have admired him since the mythical “Estudio 1” of the 60s. Huge actors in unforgettable films. Always loyal to his leftist ideas. I had the honor of meeting him once. May the earth be light
I heartily regret the death of Juan Diego, an unrepeatable actor, with a red heart and to the left, committed to freedom and an exemplary Andalusian. A hug to his family and his colleagues. D.E.P
In 1993, when I was studying Law in Granada and had already forgotten the idea of becoming an actor, my friend Chete took me to the theater to see Juan Diego in the play “There is no path to paradise, baby”, based on texts by Bukowsky. I did not know that this function would change my life.
We mourn the death of actor Juan Diego, awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2006
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