Jacobo Morales

Jacobo Morales (born approx. 1930) is a Puerto Rican actor and director whom many consider to be possibly the most influential director in Puerto Rico's history.

Morales has been acting since he was a teenager. Morales was on Puerto Rico's television since its inception in the 1950s, up until the middle 1980s. He was the star of a comedy section on WAPA-TVs midday show. The section's name was La Fondita De La Esquina or The Little Store on The Corner. There, he played the store owner alongside Raulito Carbonell, who had two characterizations: a gay man and a Vietnam veteran.

After retiring from La Fondita, Morales dedicated himself to directing, and he became a legend in Puerto Rico when his movie, Lo Que Le Paso A Santiago, became nominated in the Oscarss for Best Foreign Language Movie. The movie didn't win, but the nomination itself helped Morales' status as one of the best directors ever to come from Puerto Rico get solified.

Among Morales' credits:

  • Bananas (as actor) (movie, with Woody Allen)
  • Up The Sandbox (as actor, played Fidel Castro) (movie, with Barbra Streisand)
  • La Fondita De La Esquina
  • Dios Los Cria (as director) (movie)
  • The Effects Of Magic (as actor) (movie)
  • Linda Sara (as director) (movie, with Chayanne)
  • Nicholas And The Women (as director) (movie)
  • Cuentos De Abelardo (as director) (movie, based on stories written by Abelardo Diaz Alfaro)
  • Lo Que Le paso A Santiago

It was announced in 2003, that Morales is currently shooting a sequel to Dios los Cria. Dios los Cria II is expected to hit the theaters in 2004.

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