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Victor Argo

Victor Argo, born as Victor Jimenez, in New York City was an actor who usually played the part of the tough bad guy in the movies. Both his parents were born in the town of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.

Argo participated in some Off-Broadway shows at the beginning of his artistic career. While doing an Off-Broadway in the 1960's, Victor made the acquaintance of Yoko Ono, with whom he participated in the so-called Happiness movement. He also made the acquaintance of fledging actor Harvey Keitel, who remained his close friend for nearly forty years.

In the 1970's Argo made his major film debut with a small part in Unholy Rollers and his television debut in a made-for-T.V. film Smile Jenny, You're Dead.

He became a durable movie tough guy and a favorite of such directors as Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen.

His film credits include Taxi Driver, The Rose, New York Stories, The Last Temptation of Christ, Bad Lieutenant, True Romance and Coyote Ugly. In 2001, he played Jennifer Lopez's father in Angel Eyes. On T.V. he made guest appearances in Law and Order and Miami Vice, among others. Argo participated in a total of 75 films and had a total of 21 T.V. guest appearances.

Shortly before his death, Victor realized a lifelong dream of acting on Broadway when he was cast as Santiago, the owner of a cigar factory, in the Pulitzer Prize winning drama Anna in the Tropics.

Victor Argo died in New York City on April 7, 2004 from complications of lung cancer.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Victor Argo Facts

Birth NameVictor Jimenez
BirthdayNovember 5, 1934
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathApril 7, 2004 (age 69)

Selected Filmography

Personal Sergeant (2004)
Ghost Dog (1999)
True Romance (1993)
King of New York (1990)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Falling in Love (1984)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Mean Streets (1973)
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