Don Alvarado

Don Alvarado(November 4, 1904 – March 31, 1967) was an American actor, assistant film director , and film production manager .

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 Don Alvarado's Life and career

Born asJosé Paigein Albuquerque, New Mexico . He first studied agriculture on his father's sheep and cattle ranch but ran away from home and went to Los Angeles in 1922, still a teenager, hoping to find acting work in the fledgling silent film industry. He secured work in a sweet factory before getting into the films via work as an extra, his first appearance being in Mademoiselle Midnight . In Los Angeles, he became close friends with another Mexican actor, Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso, who would later be known as Gilbert Roland .

She moved in with Warner perhaps as early as September 1933, and married him in 1936. In 1932, Alvarado was briefly engaged to the musical-comedy star Marilyn Miller , but the marriage did not take place.

Alvarado got his first uncredited silent film part in 1924 and, with the studio capitalizing on his "Latin Lover" looks, he was very shortly cast in secondary then leading roles. The advent of talkies all but ended his starring roles but he managed to work regularly, usually cast in secondary Spanish character roles, such as in the 1929 Thornton Wilder adaptation ofThe Bridge of San Luis Rey. Alvarado appeared on stage inDinner At Eightat the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles in 1933.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre(1948),East of EdenandRebel Without a Causein 1955, and in 1958 his final film work,The Old Man and the Sea.


Alvarado died of cancer in 1967, aged 62, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills .

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Don Alvarado has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard.

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 Don Alvarado's References

  1. Gabler, Neal (1989). An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-26557-3. 
  2. Thomas, Bob (1990). Clown Prince of Hollywood: The Antic Life and Times of Jack L. Warner. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-064259-1. 
  3. Don Alvarado at the Internet Movie Database

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