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Jorge Pupo

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12 January 1960
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Jorge Pupo was born in Santiago de Cuba, in the Province of Oriente, Cuba. He moved to Madrid, Spain with his family as political exiles before being admitted to the United States via New York City in 1970 and lived in Providence, Rhode Island and West New York, New Jersey before settling in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he attended military and catholic high schools. He graduated from Colegio Madre Cabrini in 1977 and later that year was admitted with a full scholarship to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.Jorge attended The College of Liberal Arts of Drew University for two years. Under the tutelage of Theatre Arts Department Director, Robert "Buzz" McLaughlin, Jorge became one of the founding members of The Drew University Dramatic Society and its Membership Director in 1978, helping to give birth to Drew's 1st Annual, D.U.D.S. Ball and "Cheekie Awards." To this day the event is still held on Drew's college campus.Jorge transferred to New York University in 1979 and graduated in 1981 with a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts having studied at Jack Garfein's Actors and Directors Lab and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute studying with Marcia Hauffrecht and Geoffrey Horne. To this day he still cherishes his independent study work with Marketa Kimbrell in her master class,"The Actor's Craft" at NYU's Film & Television Department.After graduation, Pupo began alternating his acting pursuits with film and commercial production work. At Guede Films in New York City, an international film production company, Pupo was hired by producer Luis Argueta to work with established filmmakers Orlando Jimenez Leal on Altra Cuba, L' (1984) and 8-A (1993) and with Nestor Almendros on Mauvaise conduite (1984). He also worked with commercial directors Max Flores and Emilio Guede shooting spots for such fine clients as Banner, Parkay, Kraft, Coca Cola, Advil, McDonald's, Budweiser, Charmin among others. At La Casa Films, Pupo worked with film director Jorge Ulla shooting Dr. Pepper and Ziploc Bags commercials with television star, Dom Deluise and while freelancing at Ampersand Studios he experienced first hand, the fine craft of table-top photography from Santiago Suarez.When Jorge arrived at Max Mambrú Films, Pupo met León Ichaso, Manuel Arce and Octavio Soler and was hired to work on their new independent film, Crossover Dreams (1985). Jorge also worked on the production and shooting of various music videos for John Waite, Rubén Blades, Bobby Capó and José Alberto (El Canario). He also worked for many years as right hand man for Advertising Manager, Justo Rodriguez Santos at Goya Food's Inter-Americas Advertising, producing TV spots for Café Bustelo, Arroz Canilla, Habichuelas Goya, Sazón Goya, Salsa de Tomate, Adobo Goya and the whole Goya family of Foods, directed by León Ichaso and photographed by Claudio Chea.As a professional actor and member of Repertorio Español, Jorge performed in Gloria Gonzalez' comedy hit, 'Café con Leche' for three years while touring nationally and internationally with award winning Spanish Golden Age classics like 'El Burlador de Sevilla' by Tirso de Molina and 'Don Juan Tenorio' by José Zorrilla, all directed by Artistic Director, René Buch, designed by Robert Weber Federico and produced by Gilberto Zaldivar. Jorge, also wrote, directed and produced radio spots to promote their theatrical productions.Over the years Jorge has performed on classics like 'Innocent Erendira' by Gabriel García Márquez, directed by Jorge Alí Triana and 'The Misunderstanding' by Albert Camus, directed by Braulio Villar. With director Angel Gil Orrios he performed in 'The Audience' by Federico Garcia Lorca, 'Dark Habits' by Pedro Almodovar and 'Las Paredes'by Griselda Gambaro. More recently he performed in Martin Balmaceda's 'Under the Speed of Dreams,' and Juan Riquelme's "Pier #13," "La Odisea según Calipso" and "Inmortales en el Jardin" Jorge has also recently performed in staged readings of "Hurricane In A Glass "by Kimberly del Busto directed by Jeremy Bloom, "Cartas" by León Acosta, directed by Carlos Armesto, "Faces of War," by Stephanie Liss and "La Destreza de la Lluvia" by Mauricio Fuentes, directed by Martin Balmaceda.Jorge Pupo's work in recent films include, Cantante, El (2006/I), Piñero (2001), Azúcar amarga (1996), Zooman (1995), all directed by León Ichaso. He has also appeared on the Emmy® Award winning series, HBO's The Sopranos (1999) and NBC's Law & Order (1990), working alongside Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin. Jorge has also narrated many children's stories (awards given by ALA American Library Association) for 'Weston Woods Studios/Scholastic.' The audio recording of José Martí's, 'Los Zapaticos de Rosa' for Lectorum Publications, directed by Teresa Mlawer and produced by 'New York Audio Productions' remains very special to his heart.In June 1998 Jorge appeared on the cover of New York Magazine as 'The Chauffeur' and in 2002, he worked with photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders to shoot an international, all media print ad campaign for UPS appearing as 'The Shipping Manager.' In 1999, "Entre Amigos-Among Friends," made its New York television debut. This lively interview show, focused on the advent of Latinos in the media as we were entering the new millennium. It was created by college friends, Jorge Pupo (Host, Executive Producer) and Roland Millman (Director, DP, Producer). Shows aired in Manhattan on MNN for two years and some can now be enjoyed on YouTube.Jorge created the voice of 'The King of Flan' for the animated television series, Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999); Late Show with David Letterman (1993), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006). He has also recorded multi level language courses for Talking Book Productions (TBP), (a division of the American Foundation for the Blind), Houghton Mifflin, as well as many documentaries in Spanish and English.For Recorded Books Jorge has narrated various books: El Factor Fred, El Lenguaje de la Intuición, Las Crónicas de Jackson Heights, La Revolución del Silencio, El Vendedor de Sueños, La Materia del Deseo and Conocer y Decidir. His work in industrial films include such fine clients as American Express, HBO, Direct-TV, Merryl Lynch, New York Life, Mastercard, Pepsi, USPS, José Cuervo International, Walt Disney World, Daimler Chrysler ...AT&T. Many of his TV and radio commercials air nationwide and locally; Herbal Essences, Spiriva, McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Time Warner Cable, New York Lotto, Pillsbury, Kellogg, Pfizer, Ad Council, Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds, 311 Info, K&G, Sprint, Dodge, Exxon, Western Union, UPS, US Coast Guard among others.
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