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ARAMANDO NEVAREZ

Aramando Nevarez, a performer, writer and producer, died July 21 from complications of AIDS in Los Angeles. He was 44.

Nevarez was the director of the first Latino Intl. Film & Video Festival, held in Los Angeles and El Paso, Texas, last year.

Nevarez studied acting and dancing at the U. of Texas, El Paso, in his hometown.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and became a dresser for “The Julie Andrews Show” on ABC.

In 1974, he moved to the wardrobe department at NBC and landed acting roles in “Lepke,” “The Wild Party” and “Four Deuces.”

After a stint as Richard Pryor’s wardrobe man and road manager, Nevarez returned to ABC to be costumer on “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

During the 1980s he wrote and directed educational plays about HIV/AIDS and became an independent video producer, founding his own production company, ANAMR Media. Nevarez also was a founder of the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts & Sciences.

He is survived by his mother, Maria Teresa Torres; his grandfather; several siblings; and his longtime companion, Antonio Mejias-Rentas.

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