"For tropers, the day Raul Julia got an article in TV Tropes was the most important day of TV Tropes' history. But for him... it was Tuesday."Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 — October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who gained fame through his performances on- and off-Broadway. Nowadays, you'll most likely recognize him from his role as Gomez Addams in the two film adaptations of The Addams Family. Indie film lovers will probably know him as Valentine from Kiss of the Spider Woman. He was posthumously given several awards for his performance as Chico Mendes in the Made-for-TV Movie The Burning Season.He was also the lead in Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, but don't hold it against him - he wanted to help support public broadcasting.On stage, he was a regular with the New York Shakespeare Festival, which produced the rock musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona in which he played Proteus. He also played Guido Contini in the original Broadway production 9, and starred in revivals of Where's Charley?, The Threepenny Opera and Man of La Mancha.His last big-screen role was in the Street Fighter movie, where he played Big Bad M. Bison with all the hammy aplomb one would expect for a role like that one (in a movie like that one!). While the movie itself isn't considered quality cinema by any means, many would agree that Julia's performance alone is enough to make the movie So Bad, It's Good instead of merely bad. His children were huge fans of the video games, so he selected that role in order to give them a film they could enjoy, knowing that it would likely be the last feature he would ever do before succumbing to stomach cancer. Sadly, he was right, dying two months before the film premiered. His actual last appearance was in the TV-movie Down Came a Blackbird, which was filmed two weeks before his death, literally working almost until the last minute."OF COURSE!"
Roles of Note:
- Gomez Addams in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values
- General M. Bison in Street Fighter
- Aram Fingal in Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
- Macheath in a 1976 production of The Threepenny Opera as well as a 1989 film adaptation called Mack the Knife.
- Valentin Arregui in Kiss of the Spider Woman
- Chico Mendes in The Burning Season
- Sandy Stern in Presumed Innocent. Notable for being a wonderfully understated role compared to The Addams Family and Street Fighter, yet he still resonates in the part. Acting alongside Harrison Ford no less.
- Franco Bertollini in The Gumball Rally
- Archbishop Óscar Romero in Romero
- As Detective Escalante ( who is also Carlos, a notorious drug dealer) in Tequila Sunrise.
Tropes associated with Raul Julia:
- Determinator: Not even stomach cancer could keep this man from acting.
- Large Ham: OF COURSE!
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: M. Bison is one of the baddest villains in video game history and the movie doesn't even hide that no matter how affable he may be, he's STILL evil. Raul Julia himself? A very much Nice Guy, praised by his co-workers alike for his friendliness and a sweet family man, who took on that villain role so his kids, fans of Street Fighter, can watch him play in a movie based on their favorite game. Awwwww...
- So My Kids Can Watch: The reason why he took the role of M. Bison for the Street Fighter movie (his two sons were fans of the games). Of course, his performance was so brilliant that he was posthumously nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (he lost, but to Gary Sinise for Forrest Gump, so no shame in that).