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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Raul Julia, 54, Dies of Stroke

NEW YORK -- Actor Raul Julia, star of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and the Addams Family films, died on Monday at the age of 54, hospital officials said.


A spokeswoman for North Shore Hospital in Long Island said he died of complications following a stroke.


The Puerto Rican-born Julia starred as the father in the hit comedy "The Addams Family" and its sequel "Addams Family Values,"


He also played the leading role in the film version of the South American novel "Kiss of the Spider Woman" as the political prisoner Valentin.


He began his career as a Shakespearean stage actor, starring in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Macbeth" (1966) and "Othello" (1979) and opposite Meryl Streep in "The Taming of the Shrew" (1978).


He also appeared alongside Harrison Ford in the film thriller "Presumed Innocent" as attorney Sandy Stern, and with Clint Eastwood in "The Rookie."