- Paulo Autran
Paulo Autran (
September 7, 1922– October 12, 2007) was a Brazilian filmand theater actor. His accomplishments during his life earned him the nickname, "Lord of the Stage." cite news |first=|last=|title=Actor Paulo Autran, Brazil's 'Lord of the Stage,' dies at 85|url=http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/12/arts/LA-A-E-Brazil-Obit-Autran.php|work= Associated Press|publisher= International Herald Tribune|date=2007-10-12 |accessdate=2007-10-13]
Autran was born in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazilon September 7, 1922. He initially attended law schooland planned to become a diplomat. However, his career path changed when he began performing in amateur theater productions.
Autran made the jump to professional theater during the late 1940s. He performed in his first professional play in 1949. This led him to further roles in stage,
screenand television. Throughout his long career, Autran appeared in more than 90 stage productions, six telenovelasand nine films. He had one of his most acclaimed film roles in Glauber Rocha's "Earth Entranced" ("Terra em Transe"), in 1967.
On stage, Autran frequently acted in Portuguese translations of major plays from all literatures. Among the important roles he did were
Shakespeare's " King Lear", Galileo Galileiin Bertolt Brecht's eponymous play, and Molière's Harpagon in " The Miser", his last stage role.
Autran became known as a
character actorlater in his theater career, often playing the role of an elderly grandfather or a father figure.
Autran's final film was "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" ("O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias"), released in 2006. He played Mótel, the grandfather of Mauro in the film. "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" was submitted as Brazil's entry for best
foreign filmat the upcoming Academy Awardsin early 2008.
Autran died of
lung canceron October 12, 2007, at Sírio-Libanês Hospitalin São Paulo.
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