Carlos Rivas (actor)

Carlos Rivas
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In The Black Scorpion (1957)
Born Oscar Weber
(1925-02-16)February 16, 1925
El Paso, Texas
Died June 16, 2003(2003-06-16) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Prostate cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945  – 2000
Known for The King and I
True Grit
Spouse(s) Sylvia

Carlos Rivas (born, Oscar Weber, February 16, 1925  – June 16, 2003) was an American actor, best remembered as Lun Tha in The King and I (1956), Dirty Bob in True Grit (1969), and Hernandez in Topaz (1969). Rivas was born in El Paso, Texas, to a German father and Mexican mother. English was his first language.


Carlos Rivas was discovered in a bar in Mexico. He began his career in Mexican and Argentinian westerns, though his Argentinian films were actually filmed in Mexico.

His American debut was in The King and I, (1956) opposite Rita Moreno. After this career highlight, he was quickly reduced to supporting roles. Rivas had co  – starring roles in two science fiction films, The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956), and The Black Scorpion (1957).

Rivas played Chingachgook in The Deerslayer (1957), with Lex Barker, Forrest Tucker, and Rita Moreno.

In 1969, Rivas co-founded, with Ricardo Montalban and Henry Darrow, Nostroso, a Los Angeles based organization devoted to improving the way Hispanics are depicted in entertainmsent.

Partial filmography

  • The King and I (1956)
  • The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)
  • The Big Boodle (1957)
  • The Black Scorpion (1957)
  • The Deerslayer (1957) ...Chingachgook
  • The Miracle (1959)
  • Pepe (1960)
  • Yo sabia demasiado! (1960)
  • The Unforgiven (1960)
  • They Saved Hitler's Brain (1963) (released 1968)
  • Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)
  • Hang Your Hat on the Wind (1969)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • Topaz (1969)
  • The Undefeated (1969)
  • Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
  • Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1993)
  • Dangerous Men (2005)

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