Raul Roulien

Raul Roulien (born Raul Entini Pepe Acolti Gil; October 8, 1905–October 8, 2000) was a Brazilian actor, singer, screenwriter and film director. He is widely considered the first male Brazilian star in Hollywood.

He worked briefly in Hollywood in the waning days of the American movies' embrace of the "Latin Lover" (a title invented for the Italian actor Rudolph Valentino), a phenomenon that encouraged the Jewish-American actor Jacob Krantz to change his name to Ricardo Cortez.

Raul began recording in 1928 and grew in reputation as a theater actor and composer as well, being the greatest Brazilian heartthrob of his time. That same year, he formed the theatrical company Abgail Maia-Raul Roulien, with then wife, actress Abgail Maia, authoring a genre called "frivolity theater", which were quick shows that took place between breaks in the cinema.

In 1931, at the age of 29, with his talent and good looks, he went to the United States and was signed to 20th Century Fox, where he worked between 1931 and 1934. His career spanned a total of 18 films, including Delicious (1931) and Flying Down to Rio (1933), the latter starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in their first dance together.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 8th, 1905 (Rio de Janeiro), Died September 8th, 2000 (São Paulo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, translator, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor 65653 10-in. 1/19/1933 Formar um ninho Raul Roulien Male vocal solo vocalist, translator  
Victor 65654 10-in. 1/19/1933 Beguin Raul Roulien Male vocal solo vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 65655 10-in. 1/24/1933 Favela Raul Roulien ; Hekel Tavares Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor 65667 10-in. 2/7/1933 Guacyra Guilherme Pereira ; Raul Roulien ; Hekel Tavares Male vocal solo, with cornet (pistão) and piano vocalist  
Victor 65668 10-in. 2/9/1933 Se eu perdesse você Raul Roulien Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, translator  
Victor 65669 10-in. 2/9/1933 Mente por favor Raul Roulien Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, translator  
Victor BS-83203 10-in. 5/15/1934 Bailemos Tito Guizar Male vocal solo, with orchestra translator  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Roulien, Raul," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108833.

Roulien, Raul. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108833.

"Roulien, Raul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108833

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