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Electric Company, ER, Soap: Character Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

Luis Avalos diesVeteran character actor Luis Avalos has passed away at the age of 67. He died on Wednesday, January 22nd, following a recent heart attack.

While many may not recognize his name, most TV viewers will recognize his face. Avalos was a regular player in television and movies for four decades.

The Cuban-born actor had a regular role on The Electric Company on PBS, played Doctor Thomas Esquivel on 21 episodes of ER, and played the principal on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. He also had regular roles on lesser known series like Condo, I Had Three Wives and Resurrection Blvd.

Other guest shots include those on Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Full House, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Jack & Bobby, and Columbo. He also memorably played General Sandia on the final cliffhanger episode of Soap, sentencing Jessica Tate to a firing squad.

In 2000, Avalos founded the Americas Theatre Arts Foundation in Los Angeles. He served as its artistic director to support productions of Latin American-inspired dramas.

What do you think? Do you have any favorite memories of Avalos’ work?

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tracey c. smith February 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

02 02 2014

Adios to Luis Avalos,

You are not forgotten forever.

Tracey C. Smith


michael thomas January 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

very sad news,it was just a year ago this month that another electric company passed away that was jim boyd who played j.arthur crank among other electric company characters before them was gregg burge who played dwayne.RIP luis & thank you for the being a part of the greatest and most fondly remembered tv series ever.


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