Valentin De Vargas, Prolific Actor with Dozens of Television Credits
In addition to his numerous television credits, De Vargas was known for a menacing performance in the classic film Touch of Evil.
Valentin De Vargas, an actor known for dozens of television roles and a memorable performance in the 1958 film Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles, died June 10, 2013, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 78.
According to news reports, the cause was myelodysplastic syndrome.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, de Vargas was a familiar presence in moves and television for 50 years.
He made his debut in an uncredited supporting role in the 1955 drama Blackboard Jungle and began appearing in television shortly afterward.
His early TV credits included episodes of such series as Navy Log, West Point, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Broken Arrow, 77 Sunset Strip, Sea Hunt, Ben Casey and Hawaiian Eye. He later appeared in The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, The FBI, My Three Sons, Gunsmoke, Mannix, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, Kung Fu, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, T.J. Hooker, Dallas and Hill Street Blues.
In Touch of Evil, de Vargas played a young thug who torments Janet Leigh in a Mexican hotel room.
His other movies included Hatari!, The Magnificent Seven, The Nun and the Sergeant, To Live and Die in L.A. and This World, Then the Fireworks.
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