Beth Pinsker
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

As Gomez Addams, he was the flamboyant Latin lover, but that wasn’t Raul Julia’s only specialty. The actor, who died on Oct. 24 at age 54 after a stroke, could be coolly serious or chaotically comic. A native Puerto Rican, the four-time Tony nominee shone on stage in everything from musicals to Shakespeare, in both English and Spanish. With his lyrical accent, he gave voice to Latin American heroes Chico Mendes (The Burning Season) and Archbishop Oscar Romero (Romero). Some highlights:
*Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, New Line) His sterling portrayal of an imprisoned revolutionary vaulted him from supporting player to leading man.
*Presumed Innocent (1990, Warner) He steals his scenes as a calmly seductive lawyer in this tightly wound thriller.
*Addams Family Values (1993, Paramount) He’s picture-perfect as the creepy clan’s tangoing leader.

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