Raul Davila


Actor-producer Raul Davila, who played a voodoo priest in 1987 feature “The Believers,” died Jan. 2 in a Belleville, N.J., hospital of a heart attack. He was 74.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Davila was drafted and served in the Army during the Korean War, stationed in the U.S., according to relatives. He graduated from Tulane U. in New Orleans and earned a master’s degree from the theater school at the Pasadena Playhouse.

He returned to Puerto Rico for a few years, playing the leads in stage productions of “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music,” brother-in-law Vincent Perez told the Star-Ledger of Newark.

Davila moved to New York in 1963, acting in theater as well as in TV and radio ads. In 1967, he moved to Newark and produced programs for Spanish-language TV station Channel 47, including long-running public affairs program “Hispanic Forum.”

Through the 1990s, he played Hector Santos on sudser “All My Children.”

Davila retired from acting about three years ago, Perez said, but continued to work with student actors in Manhattan’s Spanish Harlem.

Davila is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

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