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THE ADDAMS FAMLY/ABC/1965-66
*(John Astin) Gomez Addams, cigar-smoking eccentric millionaire who lives in a spooky gothic mansion with his slender wife, Morticia. Gomez's heritage is Spanish and his hot-blooded nature erupts when his wife speaks the French language. As Gomez would say "Tish!, when you speak French, it drives me wild, Cara Mia!" He would then grab her arm and plant a trail of kisses from her hand up to her waiting lips. Morticia's French supposedly helped clear up a sinus condition Gomez had for 22 years. Gomez keeps his Garcia y Vega cigars in a cigar store Indian statue that rests in his museum-like living room. Besides Gomez and Morticia, the Addams family included Ken Weatherwax as their portly son Pugsley Addams; Lisa Loring as their somber little girl Wednesday Friday Addams; Blossom Rock as Grandmama "the witch" Addams; Jackie Coogan as the bald Uncle Fester Frump; Felix Sillas the hairy Cousin Itt; and Ted Cassidy as Lurch, the family's towering zombie butler who answers the family gong with "You Rang?" Gomez's family traces its roots back to the year 270 B.C. when his relative Maumud Kali Pashi burned down the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Years later, during colonial times, Gomez's relatives changed their name from Adams to Addams to avoid being embarrassed with any association with that "other" prominent Adams family (who produced two presidents - John and John Quincy Adams). The series is based on cartoons created by Charles Addams that appeared in The New Yorker Magazine. In 1991 Raoul Julia played the role of Gomez in the theatrical movie The Addams Family and the sequel Addams Family Values (1993).

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS/CBS/1985 (Mini-series)
*(Faye Dunaway/costar) Queen Isabella, the monarch of Spain in the 15th century who financed the travels of Italian-born explorer, Christopher Columbus who sought to find a new route to Asia. Other cast included Nicol Williamson as King Ferdinand; Rosanno Brazzi as Diego Ortiz DeVilhegas; Virna Lisi as Dona Moniz Perestrello; Oliver Reed as Martin Pinzon; and Raf Vallone as Jose Vizinho.

DON QUIXOTE/SYN/1965
*(Josef Meinrod) Don Quixote De La Mancha, a starry-eyed dreamer/country gentleman who set out in search of adventure amidst the scenery of 17th century Spain with his squire Sancho Panza. The series was based on the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote De La Mancha written in 1605 by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616). A short lived (six episodes) British sci-fi satire, THE ADVENTURES OF DON QUICK/LWT/1970, loosely based on the adventures of Don Quixote, starred Ian Hendry as Captain Don Quick, a member of the Intergalactic Maintenance Squad and his second-in-command Sgt. Sam Czopanser (Ronald Lacey). Rex Harrison later played the role of Don Quixote in the 1972 BBC movie version The Adventures of Don Quixote costarring with Frank Finlay as Sancho Panza. An animal adaptation of the tale appeared in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon THE ADVENTURES OF DON COYOTE AND SANCHO PANDA/SYN/1990-91 (voice of Frank Welker as Don Coyote and Don Messick as Sancho Panda).

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW/CBS/1949-70
**(Senor Wences) Senor Wences, internationally known ventriloquist (born Moreno Wenceslao in Salamanca, Spain) who frequently appeared on television in the 1950-60s, especially on the CBS Sunday night variety program THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. His act consisted of throwing his voice into a number of objects including a box, his own hand and animal hand puppets like Cecilia Chicken. The most famous puppet in his gallery of characters was Johnny (Wences' hand decorated with two eyes, a large mouth painted along the juncture of the thumb and index fingers). Sometimes, Wences placed Johnny on top of a headless dummy to create the illusion of a small person talking. Senor Wences' interest in ventriloquism was inspired by his exposure to vaudeville acts seen in silent movie theaters where his violinist father played with the orchestras. Wences honed his vocal skills by throwing his voice in school sometimes answering "present" for students not in attendance. It was one such time that the idea for his Johnny character was conceived. Punished for causing a disturbance in class by throwing his voice, Wences had to clean all the ink wells in the classroom. When he finished, however, he noticed some ink stains on his hand that resembled a face. When he moved his thumb, it appeared to be talking. Synchronizing his ventriloquist talents with the movements of the cartoon like face, Johnny was born. Originally, Johnny smoked a cigarette, but with the changing social values, Wences eliminated the smoking from his act. The Johnny character appeared in the vaudeville film Mother Wore Tights (1947) starring Betty Grable & Dan Dailey. Senor Wences usually dressed in tuxedo and tails, as he entertained in supper clubs and vaudeville halls throughout Spain and South America. When he translated his act into English, Senor Wences took his act to North America, England and Europe. During World War II he entertained troops at military bases and hospitals. His contacts with then newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan later garnered him some 48 guest appearances on THE TOAST OF THE TOWN which later became THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW/CBS/1948-71. Another of Wences' popular puppet characters was Pedro, the face in the box. Throwing his voice into a small black box, Wences carried on a conversation with the bodiless entity. At the conclusion of each encounter, Senor Wences inquired about Pedro's feelings by saying "Sall right?" Pedro quickly replied "S-all right!" Senor Wences also appeared on THE PERRY COMO SHOW; at a command performance at the London Paladium with King George VI, Queen Elizabeth; and with the US Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon. His admirers included Walt Disney, Danny Kaye and Edgar Bergen. Senor Wences was the mystery guest on the October 23, 1969 installment of the syndicated quiz/panel program WHAT'S MY LINE/CBS/1950-67/SYN/1968-75.

FAWLTY TOWERS/BBC/1975 & 1979
**(Andrew Sachs) Manuel, a bumbling, Spanish bellhop/waiter from Barcelona, Spain who had a difficult time speaking the English language and communicating with his employer, Basil Fawlty the incompetent owner of the British hotel known as Fawlty Towers. Once upset with Manuel, Basil cried "Please try to understand before one of us dies!"

HAMISH MACBETH/BBC/1995-97
**Ferdinand and his two sons, Jesus and Manuel, a.k.a. The Clan MacLopez. They live in the Highland town of Lochdubh, Scotland and are often under investigation by local police constable Hamish Macbeth for manufacturing illegal sherry stills. The Clan MacLopez are the descendants of sailors wrecked on the shores of Scotland during the rout of the Spanish Armada in 1582.

LONG JOHN SILVER (THE ADVENTURES OF)/SYN/1955-56
**(Lloyd Berrell) Mendoza, a Spanish sailor who interacted with Long John Silver, a British buccaneer who battled the Spanish naval fleets roaming the West Indies of the 1700s.

THE LOVE BOAT/ABC/1977-86
**(Charo) April Lopez, a beautiful, often jiggling Spanish singer-guitarist who performed (in a recurring role) on the Pacific Princess, an ocean-going cruise ship traveling to exotic ports worldwide. Charo (who spoke in a thick Castillian accent) also appeared in the role of Aunt Charo on the sitcom CHICO AND THE MAN/NBC/1974-78 (during 1977-78); made guest appearances on THE WACKY WORLD OF JONATHAN WINTERS/SYN/1972-74; and costarred in the ABC comedy pilot CHARO & THE SERGEANT (aired 8/24/76) about a beautiful Spanish entertainer who married a U.S. Marine sergeant. Charo's catchphrase is a very animated "Coochi, Coochi."

QUEEN OF SWORDS/SYN/2000-01
*(Tessie Santiago) Maria Theresa "Tessa" Alvarado, a Spanish aristocrat who returns to California in 1817 after many years of living in Spain to claim her family's birthright and learns that the land is being ruled by an iron-fisted military dictator, since her father's suspicious death from a fall from a horse.. In the tradition of Zorro, Tessa dons a black fencing clothes and mask made from a piece of her mother's lace shawl to become The Queen of Swords, an avenger for the downtrodden who uses her sword and whip to battle the local tyrants. Other cast featured were Paulina Gálvez as Marta, Tessa's gypsy governess and confidante with mystical powers; Tacho González as Don Gaspar Hidalgo; Anthony Lemke as Captain Marcus Grisham; Elsa Pataky as Senora Vera Hidalgo; Valentine Pelka as Colonel Luís Montoya; Grant Russell as Tessa's Uncle Alejandro and .Oliver Haden as Marta's long-lost love, Leonardo. About her role in the series, Santiago once said in an interview, "I'm really proud of this part. I play not just a strong, intelligent woman, but a strong, intelligent Latin woman." The series was produced by Fireworks Entertainment.

SIR FRANCIS DRAKE (THE ADVENTURES OF)/ATV/1962
**(Roger Delgado) Ambassador Mendoza, Spanish official representing the Royal court of Spain who interacted with 16th century seaman, explorer Sir Francis Drake. Drake of course was plundering the Spanish fleet on orders from Queen Elizabeth I.

SURFSIDE SIX/ABC/1960-62
**(Margarita Sierra) Cha Cha O'Brien, a Latin dancer in the "Boom Boom Room" at the swank Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach. She interacted with private investigators Ken Madison, Sandy Winfield II, and Dave Thorne. The character "Cha Cha" was born in Madrid and had been dancing since she was four-years-old. Her body language was typically animated, a la the hot-blooded Latin stereotype. Her character inspired a record called the "Cha Cha Twist".

T.H.E. CAT/NBC/1966-67
**(Robert Carricart) Pepe, a Spanish gypsy who owned a San Francisco nightspot called Casa Del Gato (translated "House of the Cat") where professional bodyguard Thomas Hewett Edward Cat met potential clients to size up whether he would take up their cause.

THE XAVIER CUGAT SHOW/NBC/1957
*(Xavier Cugat) Latin bandleader, affectionately known as "Cugie" hosted this 15-minute musical variety program. Singer Abbe Lane (his wife at the time) co-starred. Cugat also appeared on the musical programs THE VOICE OF FIRESTONE/NBC/ABC/1949-1963 and AMERICA'S GREATEST BANDS/CBS/1955. Born in Girona, Girona Catalina, Spain, on January 1, 1900, Xavier Cugat's family moved to Havana, Cuba, when he was three. He died of heart failure in.Barcelona, Catalina, Spain on October 27, 1990. In the '30s and '40s Cugat was nicknamed "The Rumba King" because of his popularization of that Latin dance. His full name was Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu.

ZORRO/ABC/1957-59
*(Guy Williams) Don Diego de la Vega, son of an aristocrat Don Alejandro (George J. Lewis) living in Spanish occupied California of 1820 whose alter ego was that of Zorro (Spanish for "Fox"), a masked swashbuckling hero who battled the tyrannical local authorities. Zorro's secret identity was known only to his faithful mute servant, Bernardo (Gene Sheldon). Other regulars included Britt Lomond as the evil magistrate, Captain Monastario; Henry Calvin as the plump, inept Sgt. Garcia; and Jolene Brand as Diego's love interest, Anna Maria Verdugo. The character of "Zorro" was created by Johnston McCulley in the story "The Curse of Capistrano," later retitled "The Mark of Zorro".

ZORRO/CBS/1981
*(Cartoon Character) Don Diego De La Vega, a.k.a. Zorro (voice of Henry Darrow), a swashbuckling masked hero of the Old Spanish West. Other cast were Christine Avila as the voice of Maria; East Carlo as the voice of Gaspar; Don Diamond as the voice of Sgt. Gonzalez; Eric Mason as the voice of Capt. Ramon; Julio Medina as the voice of Miguel; Carlos Rivas as the voice of Don Alejandro; and Socorro Valdez as the voice of Lucia. Another animated ZORRO cartoon resurfaced in a 28 episode syndicated series that ran from 1997-1998. This series later ran on the Nickelodeon Channel in December of 2002. The cartoon character voices were provided by Michael Gough as the voice of Don Diego/Zorro; Earl Boen as the voice of Capt. Montecero; Jeannie Elias as the voice of Isabela; Patrick Fraley as the voice of Don Alejandro; and Tony Pope as the voice of Sgt. Garcia.

ZORRO/FAM/1990-92
*(Duncan Regehr) Don Diego de la Vega alias Zorro, a swashbuckling masked hero of the Old Spanish West. Also included were Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Zorro's father, Don Alejandrode la Vega; Patrice Camhi as Victoria Escalante; Michael Tylo as Alcalde Luis Ramone; James Victor as Sgt. Jaime Mendoza; Henry Darrow as Don Alejandro De La Vega (9-14-90); Garman Hertzler as Alcalde Ignacio De Soto (9-1-91).

ZORRO AND SON/CBS/1983
*(Henry Darrow/costar) Don Diego de la Vega, Spanish aristocrat living in California of 1840s. This series featured both the original Zorro and his son, Don Carlos del la Vega (Paul Regina) who teamed with his aging father to battle the tyranny of the local authorities. Whereas Zorro, Sr's main weapon was his sword, his son was more progressive using bombs, guns, etc. Bill Dana costarred as Zorro's faithful mute servant, Bernardo. Other regulars included Gregory Sierra as military Commandante Paco Pico; Richard Beauchamp as Sgt. Sepulveda; John Moschitta as Corporal Cassette; Barney Martin as Brothers Napa and Sonoma; and Catherine Parks as Senorita Anita.



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