Who did Manuel Ojeda play in Romancing the Stone? Tributes pour in as iconic Mexican actor dies aged 81

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Renowned Mexican actor Manuel Ojeda has just passed away at the age of 81. The official National Association of Actors Twitter account broke the news. His death is unknown, as is the cause.

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Manuel Ojeda

Manuel Ojeda in Romancing the Stone

The antagonist Colonel Zolo was portrayed by Manuel Ojeda in the 1984 action-adventure film Romancing the Stone.

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In search of a card given to Joan Wilder, Zolo, Elaine’s killer, traveled to New York and killed a janitor. When the Colonel tried to steal Wilder’s map, Ralph, who at first resembled Zolo until the latter misled him into believing he was French, took him with him.

Zolo is taken to Ralph’s base, where he gathers his military police to search for the heroes and the stone. Towards the end, Wilder encounters Ralph and Ira, but Zolo, who also kidnapped Jack, stands in the way.

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Wilder is forced to give the stone by Zolo after leading her to a crocodile-infested lagoon. A crocodile devours Zolo’s hand and the emerald as Jack kicks it towards him.

In the ensuing shootout between Zolo and Ira’s groups, Zolo chases Wikilled and Elaine. Wilder is killed when she throws him into a crocodile pit while Zolo tries to finish him off.

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Manuel Ojeda’s path as an actor

Ojeda, who was born on November 4, 1940, was considered the country’s busiest actor in both film and television.

He is best known for his role in the 1984 film Romancing the Stone. The film, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis, stars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. It grossed $115 million at the box office, received favorable reviews from critics, and was followed by The Jewel of the Nile.

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Ojeda attended Instituto de Bellas Artes after moving to La Paz, Baja California Sur, where she grew up. He made his theatrical debut in his mid-thirties and landed his first film role.

He starred in several Televisa telenovelas for a long time. Ojeda rose to fame in 1983 for his roles in PD Your Cat Is Dead and an adaptation of the book PS Your Cat Is Dead. From 2005 to 2006 he then appeared in the telenovela Alborada.

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The details of his professional career and academic qualifications are still unknown.

Netizens pay tribute on Twitter

Over the years, Manuel Ojeda has been known for his flawless performances in films and on television. People took to Twitter to express their condolences upon learning of his death. Others remembered him for all the roles he played, even as they mourned his death.

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