Mostly Credited As: Julio Medina
Date Of Birth: 1933
Country Of Birth: Colombia
Birth Place: Chiquinquira, Boyaca
Actor Julio Medina was born in Chiquinquira, a small town located in Boyaca, Colombia in 1933. He is not a very religious man but he believes in destiny. And he recalls the influence of those early films he saw in his native town. They were Mexican movies starring idol Jorge Negrete. While he was in high school, he received the chance to star in a radio play on The National Radio Broadcasting. After that first stint in 1948, he became a radio announcer working on the night shift. In the university Medina began to study Law to please his father. Without speaking English, he emigrated to the U.S. There he got to L.A. where he joined a drama school. He worked in several jobs and accepted to be correspondent for some Colombian newspapers. Finally in Hollywood by 1956 he could witness his first film shooting at the MGM studio, "The Swan" starring Grace Kelly. As a foreign correspondent, he attended several Globe Awards Galas. "Acting in Hollywood is very hard", Medina says, "there instead of being a universal actor, you are typecast as a Latin or a Chicano". By this time, there came two of his most recognized roles: Emiliano Zapata for TV, and Pancho Villa for the stage. He auditioned to enter the famed Lee Strasberg Studio before the master himself and was accepted. "I met a more quiet Strasberg. Not that lion everybody talked about". During the sixties and seventies, Medina starred in many renown television series: High Chaparral, Streets of San Francisco, The Flying Nun, and so on. He returned to Colombia in 1985, and since then has been involved in the roles of various characters in Telenovelas. Medina is a shy and loving person. He survived a cancer some years ago.