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José Wilker

Lowest Rated:   19% Medicine Man (1992)
Birthplace:   Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, Brazil
José Wilker de Almeida was born on 20th August 1947 in Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil. He worked as a speaker in a radio there but he later moved to Recife where he started worked in the theatre as a member of "Movimento de Cultura Popular (MPC)". The group not only brought culture to people but also reading, writing and political lessons. During the military repression, however, MPC was made illegal and Wilker moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he started working in cinema. His first film as "A Falecida", starred by Fernanda Montenegro.In Rio Wilker kept on working in theatre. In 1968 he wrote his own play, "O Trágico Acidente que Destronou Teresa". His next move as a playwright was "A China é Azul", in 1972. In this year he starred "Os Inconfidentes", a movie by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. Still in 1972 he worked on his first TV series, "O Bofe".Between 1976 and 1985 he didn't work in theatre, but played important roles in cinema and TV. "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" (1976), based on Jorge Amado's novel, is a recordist on Brazilian cinema box office. "Xica da Silva" (1976), "Bye Bye Brasil (1979)", "Bonitinha Mas Ordinária" (based on Nelson Rodrigues' text, 1981), and "O Homem da Capa Preta" (1986) were blockbusters too. His works for TV were very successful too.In 1989 he worked on two then famous films: "Doida Demais" and "Dias Melhores Virão". In 1992 he was on "Medicine Man", directed by John McTiernan and starred by Sean Connery. In the next five years Wilker worked almost exclusively for Tv. However, in 1996, a compilation of his reviews on cinema was released in a book, "Como Deixar um Relógio Emocionado". In 1997 he came back to the Seventh Art with "O Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso" and "A Guerra de Canudos", where he was the protagonist and producer.Wilker carried on his acclaimed TV career but in 2000 he worked on Villa Lobos, Uma Vida de Paixões". In 2002 he was on "Dead in the Water" starred by Henry Thomas. He then had three films in a role: "O Homem do Ano" (2003) and "Maria, Mãe de Deus" (2003) and "Redentor" (2004). In 2003 he was elected president of Rio Filmes, a cinema company in Brazil.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Giovanni Improtta
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No Score Yet A Hora e a Vez de Augusto Matraga (The Hour and Turn of Augusto Matraga)
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No Score Yet Elvis & Madona
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No Score Yet O Bem Amado (The Well Beloved One)
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No Score Yet Canta Maria
  • Actor
No Score Yet Redentor
  • Dr. Sabóia
100% The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano)
  • Silvio
40% Dead in the Water
  • Gloria's father
No Score Yet Villa-Lobos - Uma Vida de Paixão (Villa-Lobos: A Life of Passion)
  • Donizetti
No Score Yet Guerra de Canudos
  • Antonio Conselheiro
19% Medicine Man
  • Dr. Ornega
No Score Yet Prisoner of Rio
  • Salo
No Score Yet Subway to the Stars (Um Trem para as Estrelas)
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No Score Yet Bye Bye Brasil
  • Lorde Cigano
80% Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands)
  • Vadhino
No Score Yet Xica da Silva (Xica)
  • The Count of Valadares
No Score Yet The Conspirators (Os Inconfidentes)
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