post Focus on Rodolfo Acosta

January 14th, 2009

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Rudolfo Acosta
Rodolpho Acosta as Vaquero

Rodolfo Acosta (Vaquero on The High Chaparral) was born near El Paso, Texas in the then-American community of Chamizac, midway between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, which has since been ceded back to Mexico. When he was three years old, his family moved to California, where he attended Los Angeles City College and UCLA.

He was fascinated by acting, studying it at school as well as at the Pasadena Playhouse. He success in dramatic studies reached a peak at age nineteen, when he accepted a prize scholarship from the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where he stayed for three years.

With the advent of World War II, Acosta joined the United States Navy, where he was assigned to Naval Intelligence. Following the war, director John Ford saw him in a stage production and offered him a featured role in The Fugitive (1947). Following this, in 1948, the famous Mexican actor/director Emilio Fernandez wrote for him the role of Paco, a gigolo, in the Mexican film classic Salón México (1948). The part won Acosta Mexico’s highest acting award, the Ariel. He was immediately signed by Hugo Fregonese to co-star with James Mason in the 1950 production of One Way Street, which led to a Universal contract.

Rudolfo Acosta
Rudy Acosta was known as a handsome screen idol and heart-throb in Mexico and South America, and this photo shows why.

He acted with a gallery of top box office stars, including John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando and Dean Martin. He also appeared periodically on many Western television series, including Have Gun Will Travel (1957-63), The Big Valley (1965-69) and The High Chaparral (1967-71). Other credits include Pancho Villa Returns (1950), Hondo (1953), Wings of the Hawk (1953), A Life in the Balance (1953), The Littlest Outlaw (1955), Bandido (1956), The Proud Ones (1956), The Tijuana Story (1957), One-Eyed Jacks (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Return of the Seven (1966) and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973).

(Excerpt from Luis Reyes and Peter Rubie, Hispanics in Hollywood: A Celebration of 100 Years in Film and Television, reprinted by permission of Mr. Reyes)

Rudolfo Acosta as Vaquero
This video clip from Once on a Day in Spring features Rudy Acosta as Vaquero


  1. love to see acosta in the old westerns, like have gun will travel !

    Comment by Moonchildiva — November 18, 2010 @ 9:09 am

  2. May I contact you concerning using this photo of Rodolfo Acosta and some of your others in a book I’m writing? I would give credit at each photo. Let me know and I will send particulars.

    Thank you for considering.

    Best wishes,

    Ron Ebner

    Comment by Ron Ebner — May 1, 2011 @ 11:39 am

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