( b. Sep 02, 1946 Havana, CUBA - d. Jan 22, 2014 Burbank, California, USA ) Male
Luis Ávalos was a Cuban-born actor known for his long tenure on "The Electric Company," the popular PBS children's program of the 1970s.
Mr. Ávalos joined "The Electric Company" in its second season, 1972, a time when there were few Hispanic faces on television. He remained with the show until it went off the air in 1977, appearing in more than 600 episodes.
"The Electric Company," which taught English grammar and literacy to post-"Sesame Street" viewers, also starred Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and Judy Graubart.
A dapper, diminutive man, Mr. Ávalos played several recurring characters. He was known in particular for Dr. Doolots (sometimes spelled Dolots), a white-coated amalgam of the fictional Dr. Dolittle with all three Marx Brothers -- boasting the voice of Groucho, the dash of Chico and the hair of Harpo.
Dr. Doolots, quite literally a prescriptive grammarian, ministers to his patients' sundry linguistic ills with bumbling manic energy.
Mr. Ávalos's other regular television roles include Dr. Thomas Esquivel on the CBS sitcom "E/R" in the 1980s and Principal Rivas on "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" in the '90s.
His film credits included "Hot Stuff" (1979), "Stir Crazy" (1980), "Hollywood Homicide" (2003) and "$5 a Day" (2008).
His Broadway credits include a 1970 revival of Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan; he also appeared Off Broadway and in regional theater.
He had guest roles on many TV shows, among them "The Jeffersons," "Barney Miller," "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue."
A resident of Los Angeles, he was the founder and artistic director of the Americas Theater Arts Foundation there, which supports productions of plays with Latin American themes.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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