Gabriel Figueroa Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  (stroke following heart surgery)
Birth NameGabriel Figueroa Mateos
Nickname Gabriel Figuroa

Mini Bio (1)

Gabriel Figueroa was born on April 24, 1907 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is known for The Pearl (1947), Maria Candelaria (1944) and Los Olvidados (1950). He died on April 27, 1997 in Mexico City.

Trivia (6)

In a discussion with Orson Welles and William Alland, he told them about a legend regarding a humanoid creature that was supposed to exist in South America. When William Alland became a producer, he turned this into Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
Became an orphan at the age of 7.
Studied the violin before becoming a still photographer.
Trained in cinematography under Gregg Toland, during a spell in Hollywood in 1936.
In the 1940s formed a stock company with Emilio Fernández, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz and María Félix, making romantic or action films of an idealized rural Mexico. Figueroa was noted for his striking landscapes and threatening skies. He frequently visited painters' studios to study different notions of lighting and perspective.
Blac-listed in Hollywood during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era. . After shooting []tt0039402], he was unable to accept a three-year contract from John Ford, since he was denied an entry visa into the US.

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