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Overview (3)

Born in Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, Brazil
Died in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil  (heart attack)
Birth NameJosé Wilker de Almeida

Mini Bio (1)

José Wilker de Almeida was born on 20th August 1947 in Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil. He worked as a speaker in a radio there but he later moved to Recife where he started worked in the theatre as a member of "Movimento de Cultura Popular (MPC)". The group not only brought culture to people but also reading, writing and political lessons. During the military repression, however, MPC was made illegal and Wilker moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he started working in cinema. His first film as "A Falecida", starred by Fernanda Montenegro.

In Rio Wilker kept on working in theatre. In 1968 he wrote his own play, "O Trágico Acidente que Destronou Teresa". His next move as a playwright was "A China é Azul", in 1972. In this year he starred "Os Inconfidentes", a movie by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. Still in 1972 he worked on his first TV series, "O Bofe".

Between 1976 and 1985 he didn't work in theatre, but played important roles in cinema and TV. "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" (1976), based on Jorge Amado's novel, is a recordist on Brazilian cinema box office. "Xica da Silva" (1976), "Bye Bye Brasil (1979)", "Bonitinha Mas Ordinária" (based on Nelson Rodrigues' text, 1981), and "O Homem da Capa Preta" (1986) were blockbusters too. His works for TV were very successful too.

In 1989 he worked on two then famous films: "Doida Demais" and "Dias Melhores Virão". In 1992 he was on "Medicine Man", directed by John McTiernan and starred by Sean Connery. In the next five years Wilker worked almost exclusively for Tv. However, in 1996, a compilation of his reviews on cinema was released in a book, "Como Deixar um Relógio Emocionado". In 1997 he came back to the Seventh Art with "O Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso" and "A Guerra de Canudos", where he was the protagonist and producer.

Wilker carried on his acclaimed TV career but in 2000 he worked on Villa Lobos, Uma Vida de Paixões". In 2002 he was on "Dead in the Water" starred by Henry Thomas. He then had three films in a role: "O Homem do Ano" (2003) and "Maria, Mãe de Deus" (2003) and "Redentor" (2004). In 2003 he was elected president of Rio Filmes, a cinema company in Brazil.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Emerenciano

Spouse (4)

Guilhermina Guinle (2000 - 2006) ( separated)
Mônica Torres (1985 - 1996) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Renée de Vielmond (1976 - 1984) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Elza Maria Barros da Rocha Pinto (1964 - 1976) ( divorced)

Trivia (10)

Wilker loved and understood a lot about cinema. He was often invited by television to comment about cinema festivals.
He was often cast in soap operas on Brazilian television.
Has been in more than forty films since 1965. The most famous are Xica da Silva (1976), Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1976), Bye Bye Brasil (1979), O Homem da Capa Preta (1985) and Guerra de Canudos (1997).
Wilker was the father of two daughters: Mariana (a psychologist) with actress Renée de Vielmond and Isabel Wilker (a model) with actress Mônica Torres.
Won Award Contigo! for best actor for his role in the soap "Senhora do Destino" (2005).
José is one of the founders of the theater group called Grupo Chegança.
He studied Sociology in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1970, he won a Molière Prize for best actor for his work in the play "O Arquitecto e o Imperador da Assíria".
Has more than 4,000 films in his home.
Son of Raimunda, a housewife, and Severino Almeida.

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