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Natividad Vacío

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"Natividad Vacío" (1912–1996) was a North American character actor in films and television from the 1950s through the 1980s. Born in El Paso, Texas, he was Mexican American. He nearly always played a Hispanic character in his 65 film and television appearances.

His debut came in a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger called "Dead Man's Chest". Many of his roles were in westerns, although he had a diverse career. For example, in 1957 he played a character called "Fronk" who was the family gardener in five episodes of the modern suburban sitcom Father Knows Best.

The majority of his work was in television, with an occasional movie role. Perhaps the highest-profile film in which he appeared was The Magnificent Seven, portraying "Miguel", one of the Mexican townspeople trying to defend their farming village from a band of outlaws. In 1988, he appeared in a Robert Redford film called "Milagro Bean Field War" where he portrayed "Onofre", a man with one arm, who said his arm was eaten off by butterflies. He was one of the four men they called the "senile brigade".

Vacío was a close friend of actor George Reeves, star of the TV series Adventures of Superman (TV series) Adventures of Superman. Vacío played the role of a Mexican police inspector in the 1958 episode "The Brainy Burro". Vacio and Reeves met at the Pasadena Playhouse and Reeves loved to hear "Nati", Vacio's nickname, sing and play his guitar. Reeves asked Nati to show him how to play. Reeves was a quick learner and both of them would play and sing Mexican songs, all the time.

In Hollywoodland, the 2006 film about Reeves' life and death, the character of Vacío was portrayed by Diego Fuentes, Toronto actor/socialite in a couple of scenes.

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  • IMDB entry for Natividad Vacío

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