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Widow Accepts Emmy for Late Raul Julia

September 11, 1995 GMT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ The late Raul Julia wasn’t forgotten.

Julia, who was 54 when he died Oct. 24 from complications of a stroke, won the Emmy Award on Sunday for his performance as murdered rain forest activist Chico Mendes in HBO’s ``The Burning Season.″

Accepting Julia’s trophy for lead actor in a miniseries or special was his widow, dancer Merel Poloway Julia.

She said ``Raul used to say, `You know, if I ever win one of those awards, I think I’m going to get up there and I’m going to thank myself.″

``He understood the stamina that it took and the responsibility it was to be a central figure in a costly production,″ she said. ``He could be very outrageous but at the same time he was very appropriate.″

Versatile and debonair, Julia’s grandly theatrical style won him fans from Broadway to Hollywood. The Puerto Rican-born star’s recent successes came in the movies ``The Addams Family″ and its sequel, ``Addams Family Values,″ in which he played the lusty, frolicsome Gomez Addams.

``I am happy that you acknowledged and recognized Raul tonight with an Emmy Award,″ his wife said. ``I hope that you will always keep him in your heart as I will always keep him in my heart, and from his family, from his friends, his fans, his sons and myself, thank you very much.″

One of Julia’s most famous film roles was as a tormented South American political prisoner befriended by a gay man (William Hurt in his Oscar-winning role) in ``Kiss of the Spider Woman″ in 1985.

Other Julia films included ``Romero,″ (as assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero), ``Tequila Sunrise,″ ``Havana,″ ``Moon Over Parador,″ ``The Rookie″ and ``Presumed Innocent.″