Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.

Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. (March 16, 1916 – April 15, 1983) was a Mexican actor who appeared in American film and television from the mid-1940s to 1982.

Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
Born(1916-03-06)March 6, 1916
DiedApril 15, 1983(1983-04-15) (aged 67)
Years active1945–1982
ChildrenTerri Hoyos


From 1945 to 1952, Hoyos appeared in uncredited screen roles, but he landed his first credited part as Alvarado in the 1952 film The Fighter, based on a short story by Jack London. That same year, he was cast in two episodes, "Thunderhead" and "Bell of Santa Margarita", of the syndicated television series, The Cisco Kid, starring Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo. In 1954, he appeared in two episodes of the anthology series, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, the first role as Colonel Louis Coca in the episode "Little War at San Dede." In 1956, he played Rafael Rosillo in the film The Brave One, the story of a Mexican youth who tries to keep his bull from the bullfighting ring.[1]

Hoyos portrayed Colonel Martín Perfecto de Cos in the 1956 film The First Texan, about the rise of Sam Houston in Texas. Cos ordered the arrest of William B. Travis and directed his Mexican soldiers to scale successfully the walls of The Alamo.[2]

In 1957, Hoyos was cast as Captain Hernando Sanchez in "Gone to Texas"[1] and as General Antonio López de Santa Anna, also the president of Mexico, in "Mexican Adventure" of the CBS adventure, drama, and western series, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, starring Scott Forbes as the American adventurer Jim Bowie.[3]

In 1958, he played Mexican bandit, murderer and political revolutionary Pancho Villa in Villa!! Joining Hoyos in this film are Brian Keith and Cesar Romero.[1]

Western roles

Many of Hoyos' television roles were as Mexican characters in westerns. In 1955, he was cast as an historical figure, Augustine Chacon, a Mexican bandit and folk hero of the Arizona Territory, in the syndicated western anthology series, Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. Later that year, he played Don Alfonso Garcia in "The Bandit Kingdom" of the ABC western series, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.[1]

In the 1957 Christmas episode entitled "Laredo" of NBC's Tales of Wells Fargo, series character Jim Hardie (Dale Robertson) must track gunrunners across the United States/Mexican border, a quest which keeps him from spending the holiday with friends in Laredo as he had intended. The episode stars Hoyos, along with Henry Rowland, Karl Swenson, and Pierre Watkin.[4]

In 1958, Hoyos was twice cast on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins in the title role. First he was Pancho in "Bullet Proof". In the second season Sugarfoot premiere episode, which aired on September 16, 1958, Will Wright portrays Job Turner, a curmudgeon living alone in the desert. Entitled "Ring of Sand", the episode is a lesson in vengeance, forgiveness, and hope. Three outlaws, played by Hoyos, John Russell, and Edd Byrnes, have in a stagecoach robbery murdered Turner's son, a newly licensed medical doctor. The men compel Turner to take them to the Mexican border, but Turner seeks vengeance by leading the trio around in sandy circles, crippled by a lack of water and a sandstorm. Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster was at Turner's house delivering a letter from Turner's son when the outlaws arrived. Sugarfoot uses biblical quotations to soften Turner's heart, particularly when a young woman with a baby is found wandering in the desert after the murder of her husband. Hoyos' character of Morales begins to hallucinate after being shot.[5]

From 1958 to 1960, he was cast in four episodes, two as Vivera in "El Bandido" and "Adios, El Cuchillo", of the ABC/Desilu western series Zorro. From 1960 to 1967, he appeared four times on NBC's Bonanza.[1] During this same period he appeared in the Chuck Connors ABC and Four Star Television western series, The Rifleman, as Pablo in "Home Ranch" and as Luis Torre in "The Prodigal".[6] In 1958-1959, he was cast twice on Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, another Four Star production.[1]

Other western roles included the following:


Hoyos also appeared in many comedy and drama/adventure series. In 1954 and 1956, he was cast on CBS's I Love Lucy as a party guest in the episode "Lucy's Mother-in-Law" and then as a relative of series co-star Desi Arnaz in "The Ricardos Visit Cuba". In 1957, he played the character "Gomez" in "The Wading Pool at Acapulco" of the CBS sitcom, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. In 1957 and 1960, he guest starred on The Gale Storm Show. He was cast is Diego in 1961 in "Gladys Goes to College" of the CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams.[1]

In 1963, he played Zapatero in "The General Cried at Dawn" of another CBS sitcom, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, starring Dwayne Hickman. In 1967, he played Caravalho in "All Around Town" of the CBS sitcom, Family Affair. From 1968 to 1970, he appeared in five episodes of the ABC sitcom, The Flying Nun, starring Sally Field; in three of those appearances he was cast as Chief Galindo. About this time, he was also cast twice in another ABC sitcom, That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas. From 1974 to 1977, he cast three times on the NBC sitcom, Chico and the Man.[1]


In 1957, he played Luis Gonzales in "The Reluctant Addict Case" of the CBS police drama, The Lineup. His dramatic roles included five appearances from 1958 to 1961 on Lloyd Bridges's syndicated adventure series, Sea Hunt. He played Tacalpo in "The Vegetable Man" of the 1959 syndicated drama Border Patrol. That same year, he played Rios in "The Temple of the Swinging Doll" on the NBC espionage series, Five Fingers, and Police Chief Gomez in "The Bay of the Dead" on Markham, a CBS series starring Ray Milland. In 1959, he was cast also as Guzman in "Mexican Stake-Out" of the ABC/Desilu adventure series, The Untouchables, starring Robert Stack. He played Capt. Julio Gonzales in the 1959 episode "Mexican Chase" of Broderick Crawford's syndicated police drama, Highway Patrol. Hoyos was cast in the role of Joao in the 1959 episode "Love Is a Headache" in the CBS anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson.[1]

Between 1960 nand 1962, Hoyos appeared four times between 1960 and 1962 on the ABC/WB detective series, 77 Sunset Strip, starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. In 1961, he played a leather store owner, Martinez, in "The Fingers of Fear" of the NBC series, Thriller, with Boris Karloff. Hoyos played the role of Garcia in the 1961 episode "The Mirror" of CBS's The Twilight Zone. He was cast in 1962 as Chief Omu in "The Secret Place" of Gardner McKay's Adventures in Paradise. That same year, he appeared in the episode "A Man's Castle" of the ABC crime drama, Target: The Corruptors!.[1]

In 1963, Hoyos was cast as Inspector Ortiz in "I'll Be Judge - I'll Be Jury" of CBS's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. In 1965, he was cast twice on the NBC medical drama, Dr. Kildare, as Mr. Ruiz in "A Marriage of Convenience" and as Garcia in "A Life for a Life". From 1964 to 1967, he appeared in five episodes of David Janssen's ABC series, The Fugitive. In 1965, he played a Colonel Metaxa in "Whatever Happened to Adriana, and Why Won't She Stay Dead?" on the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry in the title role. Hoyos was cast in 1966 and 1967 as Captain Rodrigues in "The Alamo" and as Castillano in "Idol of Death" in the ABC science fiction series, The Time Tunnel.[1]

In 1967, he was cast as Gabriel Aguila in "Firebrand" of the ABC legal drama, Judd, for the Defense, starring Carl Betz. In 1967 and 1968, he was cast in three episodes of a second Efred Zimbalist Jr. series, The F.B.I.. In 1968, he appeared as Pepe Enciras in "Epitaph for a Cop" in the ABC police series, Felony Squad, starring Howard Duff and Dennis Cole. In 1968, Hoyos was cast twice in episodes of the ABC crime drama, It Takes a Thief, starring Robert Wagner. In 1970, he played Jose Chavez in "All the Golden Dandelions Are Gone" of the ABC medical drama, Marcus Welby, M.D., starring Robert Young. In 1971, Hoyos played Chico Valdez in "Operation: Deadhead" of another David Janssen series, O'Hara, U.S. Treasury. From 1969 to 1973, he appeared in three episodes of the ABC series, The Mod Squad.[1]

In 1970, Hoyos played Pedro in the film Moonfire, starring Richard Egan, about truckers battling a Nazi hiding in Mexico.[7]

Later career

From 1973 to 1981, Hoyos was the Spanish-language color commentator for the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrin.

In 1973 and 1975, Hoyos played Paco Esquivel in "Deathwatch" and Ramon Vega in "False Witness" on the ABC police drama, The Streets of San Francisco, starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. He was cast in 1976 as Carlos in "Where's Houston?" of the NBC detective series, The Rockford Files, starring James Garner.[1]

In 1976, Hoyos appeared as Hernandez on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital.[1] From May 31 to September 6, 1976, he starred in Viva Valdez, his own 12-episode summer replacement television series on ABC, the story of a Mexican-American family living in Los Angeles, California. Carmen Zapata played his wife, Sophia. The half-hour series aired opposite CBS's Rhoda.[8]

In 1977, Hoyos was cast as General Manuel Armijo in the two-part "Kit Carson and the Mountain Men" on NBC's The Wonderful World of Disney. Christopher Connelly played Kit Carson; Robert Reed, John C. Frémont. The two-part episode was originally telecast as a television movie.[9] In 1962, Hoyos played Governor Armijo in the episode "La Tules" of the syndicated Death Valley Days television series. In 1977, Hoyos played Emilio Alvarez in "Hard Rock Brown" of the NBC series Police Story.[1]

Hoyos' last television roles were in 1979 as Jose in "Luke" of the ABC western mini-series, How the West Was Won, with James Arness, and in 1979 as General Ranez in the episode "Cruisin' Angels" of the ABC series, Charlie's Angels. His final film role was as General Sanzer in Love and Money in 1982.[1]

Hoyos died in 1983 in Los Angeles at the age of sixty-seven.[1]

Selected filmography


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  2. "The First Texan". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  3. ""Mexican Adventure" of The Adventures of Jim Bowie (December 20, 1957)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ""Laredo" on Tales of Wells Fargo, December 23, 1957". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  5. "Ring of Sand, Sugarfoot, September 16, 1958". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  6. "Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr". Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  7. "Moonfire (1970)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  8. "Viva Valdez". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  9. "Kit Carson and the Mountain Men, January 9, 1977". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
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