Friday, July 25, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Raul Julia

I'm going to be quite honest with you. Prior to his unfortunate passing, the only way that I had any knowledge of Mr. Julia was through his work in being in the Addams Family films and more amusingly as General M. Bison in the Street Fighter film. I wonder if he was given a different name in the Japanese release of the film, given the discrepancy of names in the video game.

Here's a curious fact: he was a regular cast member of Sesame Street during its entire third year but not afterwards at all. He was a lover of theater and performed in Broadway and film version of The Threepenny Opera as Mack the Knife - are you familiar with the Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald recording of the song Mack the Knife? Both are excellent. Raul Julia passed away at a tragically young age and surely could have given us much more theater and film to adore.

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