Argentine Actor Guillermo Murray Dies At 93

The well-known South American actor stood out for his participation in films and soap operas in Mexico and in his native country

Argentine actor Guillermo Murray died on Thursday, May 6, 2021, due to a septic shock.

The father of the also actor Rodrigo Murray stood out for his performances in films from the Golden Age of Argentine cinema.

Murray also achieved great popularity in Mexico for his participation in films and soap operas.

It is known that the first actor suffered from senile dementia since 2007 and was going through a complicated state of health. In 2012, the actor who fell in love on the Mexican cinema screen since the 1960s was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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Guillermo Murray also stood out as a writer, obtaining awards in Mexico for his film script (Photo: Twitter @ FGudinni)

The father of the actor Rodrigo Murray was exercising three years ago, although he was already beginning to suffer the ravages of his illness. This was stated by his son at the end of 2017:

“He turned 90 on June 15 and goes to the club on Saturdays and Sundays to swim, and yes, his flip-flops sometimes slip. He has senile dementia, which is one of the 90 diseases that exist, but if I am going to be like him when I turn 90, where do I sign? Physically he is very well, my parents travel six months a year ”.

Then, Rodrigo Murray explained that his father no longer went out to meet the public, did not give interviews, and was completely withdrawn from the stage environment:

“This dementia happens to a lot of the elderly. He cannot work because he has a problem with immediate memory retention, so an actor needs to remember exactly a text ”.

Who was Guillermo Murray?

Guillermo Murray Muttis was the artist that Argentina gave to Mexico. Although he was born in Colón, province of Buenos Aires, on January 15, 1927, the actor became naturalized and always considered himself Mexican, since in this region he put down deep roots by developing a large part of his artistic career; and it is here where he saw the birth of two of his four children, as well as his grandchildren.

n 1952 he continued his studies in theater history and acting techniques at the Academy of Dramatic Art directed by the Italian master Alberto D’Aversa. But it was in 1960, after his participation in the Cannes International Film Festival, when he was invited by producers to work in Mexican cinema, moving to the country where he has resided ever since. His debut in Mexican cinema was the film El mundo de los vampiros (The World of Vampires) and he reached television in 1961 with the soap opera La Leona.

Due to his hard work as a writer, he won several awards in national film script competitions, which were organized by the General Society of Writers of Mexico.

The also director and scriptwriter studied Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Universidad del Litoral, in his native country; after which he decided to join the ‘Teatro de Arte’ company in 1949 to later continuing his training at the Academy of Dramatic Art, directed by the Italian Alberto D’Aversa. There he presented his first works ‘Círculo de Facasados’ and ‘La Partida de Mayong’, which he directed.

In 1954 he made his film debut with the film ‘Somos Inquilinos’, a work that immediately paid off and he was called for ‘Marked Hours’, ‘El Protegido’, ‘Alfonsina’, ‘India’ and ‘La Procesión’, the film that led to the Cannes Film Festival, opened the doors to the world and brought him to try his luck in the Mexican Republic, a thriving industry that caught him with ‘The World of Vampires’.

Thus began a prosperous career that reached about 70 films, among which stand out ‘Cucurrucucú Paloma’, ‘Flor Marchita’, ‘La Novicia Rebelde’, ‘Siempre Hay Una Primera Vez’, ‘Febre de Amor’ and ‘Morirse está en Hebreo ”, his last participation in the seventh art, in 2007.

On television, his appearances were extensive since 1960 with ‘María Guadalupe’, which was followed by ‘La Leona’, ‘Maximiliano y Carlota’, Niña de Barrio ‘,’ Pobre Juventud ‘,’ El Pecado de Oyuki ‘,’ María Mercedes ‘,’ Pink laces’, ‘Lazos de Amor’, ‘Te Sigo Amando’, among many others.

Another of Don Guillermo’s great passions was paper and ink. In them, he captured scripts and novels such as ‘Siempre Hay Una Primera Vez’, ‘Una Ira Largamente Contained’, and ‘Primavera del 71’, which earned him various recognitions and occupied his days until his health allowed it.

The first actor is survived by Lidia, the love of his life, to whom he was married for almost 60 years, and his four children: Guillermo, Alejandro, Rodrigo, and Gabriela.

Rest in peace… Guillermo Murray.

With information from Foro TV

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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