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Wolf Ruvinskis

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Wolf Ruvinskis
Wolf Ruvinskis.jpg
Ruvinskis in his wrestling gear
Birth nameWolf Ruvinskis Manevics
Born(1921-10-31)October 31, 1921[1]
Riga, Latvia[1]
DiedNovember 9, 1999(1999-11-09) (aged 78)[1]
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Wolf Ruvinskis[1]
Neutrón[2]
Wolf Rubinsky[2]
Wolf Rubinski[2]
Billed height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Billed weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]

Wolf Ruvinskis (October 31, 1921 – November 9, 1999), born Wolf Ruvinskis Manevics, was a naturalized Mexican actor and Luchador, or professional wrestler. He was married to dancer Armida Herrera. Born to a Latvian mother and a Ukrainian father, of Jewish background, they relocated to Argentina in 1923. In spite of living in extreme poverty he excelled in sports and as a professional wrestler he toured South America, the United States and Mexico. This last country became his place of residence where he stayed in the ring well into the 1960s, wrestling El Santo, Black Shadow, El Médico Asesino and Lobo Negro. As a wrestler he was introduced to the Cinema of Mexico playing luchadores, in particular a masked character he created called Neutrón.

Biography

Born on October 31, 1921, in Liepaja, Latvia. His parents emigrated to Argentina at the beginning of World War II for fear of a Nazi invasion of Latvia. The Ruvinskis family lived in poverty in Argentina, forcing a very young Wolf Ruvinskis to begin wrestling professionally as a way to help provide for his family.[1]

Professional wrestling career

Ruvinskis quickly became a proficient Rudo (bad guy) in wrestling, which led him to be booked on tours of South America and later on both Mexico and the United States.[1] When he came to Mexico he was originally slated for a short tour of the country before moving on, but he fell in love with the country and settled there soon after. He also met and married a Mexican woman and started a family.[3] In the ring he played a savage, vicious Rudo character which was very successful and manage to draw large crowds wherever he went as everyone wanted the local top tecnico ("good guy") to defeat the savage El Lobo Letonia ("The Latvian Wolf").[1] His promising wrestling career was cut short around 1950 when accumulated injuries forced him to stop wrestling.[1]

Acting career

After his retirement Ruvinskis focused on his second passion, acting. He had already played smaller parts in movies before retirement but after he retired he went into the acting business full-time. One of his most memorable roles was in the movie La bestia magnífica ("The Magnificent Beast") from 1953. With his background in wrestling it was only a matter of time before he became involved in the Mexican Lucha film genre. He played the lead role in the 1956 cult classic El Ladron de Cadaveres, which is now considered the first true Mexican Wrestling/ Horror film. Ruviniskis also played the part of a masked wrestling character/ superhero called Neutrón in a series of movies between 1960 and 1964.[4] His acting career ended in 1996 (at age 74) with the movie La mujer de los dos ("The Woman for the Two"). In recent years Lucha movies have been shown regularly on Mexican television leading to a bit of a revival of Wolf Ruvinskis' memory, reminding fans that Ruviniski was both a great wrestler and a great actor.[4] For some reason, he is credited variously in reference books and in film credits as "Wolf Ruvinskis", "Wolf Ruvinski", "Wolf Rubinski" or "Wolf Rubinskis".

Late life

After he stopped acting Ruvinskis opened a restaurant and became a very hands-on, passionate restaurateur who oversaw a couple of Argentinian restaurants in Mexico City named "El Rincón Gaucho". While he played a hated villain in wrestling his real persona was a complete opposite, described as a gentleman who lived to entertain diners with conversation and jokes, or at times even an Argentinian Tango.[1] Wolf Ruviniskis died on November 9, 1999 in Mexico City. He was 78.[1]

Acting Awards

  • Best supporting actor for Juego limpio (1996)

Filmography

As a producer

  • La última lucha (1959)

As an actor

  • La mujer de los dos (1996)
  • Juego limpio (1996)
  • Un Ángel para los Diablillos (1993)
  • Días de combate (1987)
  • Rosa de dos aromas (1989)
  • La Mafia tiembla (1987)
  • The Kidnapping of Lola (1986)
  • La fuga de Carrasco (1983)
  • Nocaut (1983) – as don Saúl
  • El Patrullero 777 (1977)
  • El Mexicano (1976) – as lieutenant José Alvarado
  • El Hombre del puente (1975) – as the military dictator
  • Acapulco 12-22 (1971) – as Claude, yacht captain
  • El crepúsculo de un dios (1968) – as Charles González
  • Esclava del deseo (1967) – as Bronco
  • Santo, el Enmascarado de Plata vs. los villanos del ring / Santo vs the Villains of the Ring (1966) – as Rodolfo Labra
  • Santo, el Enmascarado de Plata vs. la invasión de los marcianos / Santo vs the Martian Invasion (1966) – as Argos
  • Cargamento prohibido (1965) – as Carlos Aguilar
  • El señor doctor (1965) – as Beto's father
  • Jinetes de la llanura (1964) – as Andrés Menchaca
  • Neutrón Movie series as Neutrón
  • Neutrón contra los asesinos del karate / Neutron vs the Karate Killers (1965)
  • Neutrón contra el criminal sádico / Neutron vs the Maniac (1964)
  • Neutrón contra el doctor Caronte / Neutron vs the Amazing Dr. Caronte (1960)
  • Los autómatas de la muerte / Neutron vs the Death Robots (1960)
  • Neutrón el Enmascarado Negro / Neutron, the Man in the Black Mask (1960)
  • El Rapto de las Sabinas (1960) – as Rómulo
  • Las canciones unidas (1960) – as soviet delegate
  • Vivo o muerto (1959) – as Crisanto Medina
  • La estrella vacía (1958) – as Tomás Téllez
  • La última lucha / The Last Fight (1958) – as Lobo
  • Los Tigres del Ring series / Tigers of the Ring (1957) – as Mario or Rafael

Television roles

  • I Spy (March 4, 1968, episode #321 Shana) as Andreyev

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Enciclopedia staff (November 2008). "Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre". Wolf Rubinskins (1921-1999) (in Spanish). Portales, Mexico. p. 64. 17.
  2. ^ a b c Súper Luchasstaff (August 10, 2009). "La Ultima Lucha". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). p. 27. issue 326.
  3. ^ Raton, Sr. (August 17, 2009). "Te Das?". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). p. 23. issue 327.
  4. ^ a b Raton, Sr. (November 16, 2009). "Te Das?". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). p. 24. issue 340.

External links

This page was last edited on 20 October 2020, at 20:54
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