Monday, October 12, 2015

John Wayne and the Two Pedros

John Wayne films generally have in their cast of characters either Indians or Hispanics/Mexicans. The Mexicans generally fared better than the Indians as they were more likely to be on the same side as the Duke. When I learned of this Blogathon the two actors that sprang to mind were the two Pedros: Pedro Armendariz and Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez.

Pedro Armendariz, called the Clark Gable of Mexico, co-starred with John Wayne in two films. In Fort Apache (1948) he plays Sergeant Beaufort, a man who likes to drink but is also a valuable member of the company. In the 3 Godfathers (1948) he plays one of the godfathers (along with John Wayne and Harry Carey Jr.).

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez was (supposedly) in six John Wayne films, as Wayne was the one who spotted him on Groucho Marx's quiz show, You Bet Your Life and signed him with his production company. His most famous role in Howard Hawk's  Rio Bravo (1959). He plays a hotel owner and provides much of the humor in the film. His other Duke films include The High and the Mighty (1954), The Wings of Eagles (1957), McLintock! (1963), Hellfighters (1968) and Chisum (1970). His son, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez Jr., starred alongside him in McLintock! It's been a while since I have watched some of these films but I only remember him in Rio Bravo (check out some behind-the-scenes photos from that film here).

If you're a John Wayne fan you read more posts on him here.

This post is part of the Hollywood Hispanic Heritage Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen. Be sure and read all of the other posts honoring these few but great actors from south of the border.


  1. Am I bad because I laugh every time I read Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez's name on screen? Anyway, nice that you highlighted him - and the way John Wayne signed him with his company. And Armendariz is great as well - he is a Bond villain, after all!
    Don't forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! :)

    1. Haha it is a funny name. It makes me think of Speedy Gonzalez :)