Do you know how Raúl Juliá connects to all of these cultural icons? Find out in "American Masters: Six Degrees of Raúl Juliá." Link in bio to read the full article.
1) Sidney Poitier
Raúl Juliá made his feature film debut in "The Organization" (1971), a cop movie about revolutionaries fighting a ruthless drug racket. The movie also starred Sidney Poitier.
2) Terrence McNally
A kiss is just a kiss according to a famous romantic tune, but "Kiss of the Spider Woman" is what connects American Masters Raúl Juliá and Terrence McNally. Manuel Puig’s bestselling 1976 novel, the riveting and evocative story of two inmates in a South American prison cell, inspired a film and Broadway musical.
3) Rita Moreno
We also love this legendary EGOT winner’s many-splendored connections to Raúl Juliá and American Masters. The Puerto Rican-born actress won a 1975 Tony Award for her portrayal of Googie Gomez, a third-rate entertainer with dreams of Broadway glory, in Terrence McNally’s farce "The Ritz," reprised her role in the film adaptation penned by McNally, and is interviewed in American Masters films on Juliá and McNally.
4) Meryl Streep
Raúl Juliá and Meryl Streep garnered rave reviews as dueling lovers Petruchio and Kate in the 1978 Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Taming of the Shrew." 5) Sammy Davis, Jr.
Juliá appeared with Mr. Show Business – a.k.a. Sammy Davis, Jr., the subject of the 2019 American Masters documentary "Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me" – in "Moon Over Parador," director Paul Mazurzky’s 1988 romantic comedy about a dead dictator, a sexy First Lady, and an unknown actor who gets his big break.
6) Sydney Pollack
What do Raúl Juliá and Oscar-winning film director Sydney Pollack ("Tootsie," "The Way We Were," "Out of Africa") have in common? Juliá appeared in "Havana," Pollack’s 1990 film starring Robert Redford as a professional gambler who falls for a woman involved in the revolution movement in 1950s Cuba. [PIC: An illustrated portrait of Raúl Juliá is connected by dotted lines to photos of Sydney Pollack, Meryl Streep, Rita Moreno, Terrence McNally, Sidney Poitier, and Sammy Davis, Jr.]