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Martin Garralaga

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Martin Garralaga
Martin Garralaga in The Fighter (1952).jpg
Garralaga in The Fighter (1952)
Born(1894-11-10)10 November 1894
Died12 June 1981(1981-06-12) (aged 86)
Years active1930–1969
SpouseRosa Rey

Martín Garralaga (10 November 1894 – 12 June 1981) was a Spanish actor who worked in Hollywood from the 1930s through the 1960s. He was married to opera singer and actress Rosa Rey.


Garralaga first came to the United States when he sailed from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on the steamship Catherine in April 1924.[1] He acted in more than two hundred roles in film and television and is probably best known for his portrayal of "Pancho" in the early Cisco Kid films.

In 1958, Garralaga was cast as Ramirez in the episode "A Tree for Planting" of the CBS western television series, The Texan. Lurene Tuttle and Paul Fix were cast in the episode as Amy Bofert and Bert Gorman, respectively. In the storyline, series character Bill Longley (Rory Calhoun) comes to the aid of a distressed Mexican farmer, Ramirez, whose peach orchards are being overrun by cattle ranchers.[2]

Garralaga appeared as Father Mariano, a mission priest, in the 1954 episode "The Saint's Portrait" of the syndicated anthology series Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. In the story line, a painting of Saint Joseph is thought by a tribe and its covetous neighbor to be magical. However, Father Mariano reveals its deeper meaning. The episode also starred Rico Alaniz, George J. Lewis, Eugenia Paul, and Chief Thundercloud.[3]

In 1955, he appeared as Mr. Delgado on the TV Western Cheyenne in the episode "Border Showdown."

Garralaga died at the age of 86 in Woodland Hills, a part of Los Angeles.

Serial filmography


  1. ^ entry
  2. ^ "The Texan". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "The Saint's Portrait on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  • Bordman, Gerald Martin (1995). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1914-1930. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-509078-0.
  • Ronald S. Draper viewed the movie "Branded" on ATT movie channel (940 ENCWES) with Martin Garralaga having a minor role with the screen name of "HERNANDEZ" as evidenced in the credits at the end of the movie.
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