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José Ronald Golias
May 4, 1929
|Died||September 27, 2005
From the city of São Carlos, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, he started as a tailor assistant and insurance agent, amongst other professions. But, during the 50's, he impressed Manoel de Nóbrega, who hired him to work as a comedian, both on TV and on the radio.
His first character was named Pacífico, a tongue-in-the-cheek young man, that made famous the catch phrase "ô Cride!", Portuguese for "Hey Cride!", being "Cride" a Brazilian nickname, or misspell for Euclides. A big hit, it paved the way for a cinema career, where he worked on 10 movies (see below). Back to television, he brought with himself "Bronco", his main cinema character, a big TV hit from 1967 to 1971 "A Família Trapo" (Family Trapo, a reference to the Family Von Trapp from The Sound of Music . In this show, "Bronco" played the brother-in-law of an Italian short-tempered man. Bronco never held a job and lived off his brother-in-law, and he was never too intimidated to view his (often provocative) opinions. His sister was a character played by Renata Fronzi. Golias' character was the most important for the show's "rhythm" and also the funniest character.
In 1979, a short-lived Brazilian version of Mork & Mindy appeared as Superbronco. It was produced by Rede Globo and starred Ronald Golias and actress Liza Vieira.
Since the early 1990s, he worked in the TV show "A Praça é Nossa", playing the character Pacífico, and sometimes also "The Master" (a sage who answered questions from the people using sexual jokes on them), "Isolda" (a woman who liked to talk about her personal life to Carlos Alberto de Nóbrega, the host of the show A Praça É Nossa) and "Professor Bartolomeu Guimarães". Also was starring since 2004 a TV show of his own called "Meu Cunhado", along with another famed Brazilian comedian, Moacyr Franco. When Golias died, there were 22 episodes of "Meu Cunhado" never shown on TV, and that probably will never be aired, because his family asked SBT to stop airing his material. He was a good friend of the Brazilian comedian Renato Aragão.
Golias died in 2005 from multiple organ failure, after being hospitalized with lung infection.
- Golias Contra o Homem das Bolinhas (1969)
- Agnaldo, Perigo à Vista (1968)
- Marido Barra Limpa (1967)
- O Homem Que Roubou a Copa do Mundo (1963)
- Os Cosmonautas (1962)
- O Dono da Bola (1961)
- Os Três Cangaceiros (1961)
- Tudo Legal (Bronco) (1960)
- Vou Te Contá (1958)
- Um Marido Barra Limpa (1957)
Golias' TV Shows
- "A Praça da Alegria" (1956) - Pacífico
- "Quatro Homens Juntos" (1965) - Carne de Pescoço/Tony Frank
- "Ceará Contra 007" (1965) - Bartolomeu
- "A Família Trapo" (1967) - Bronco
- "Superbronco" (his only unsuccessful show) (1979) - Bronco
- "Bronco" (1986) - Bronco
- "A Praça É Nossa" (1990–2005) - Pacífico, Bartolomeu Guimarães, The Master, Isolda and Profeta
- "A Escolinha do Golias" (1991–1996) - Pacífico
- "Meu Cunhado" (2004) - Bronco
- "Comedian was a pioneer of Brazilian television" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune