Spanish language film journalist Armando del Moral, who helped establish the Golden Globes while an officer of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Assn., died of natural causes July 21 in North Hollywood. He was 93.
A Spanish civil war refugee, Del Moral left Spain for Mexico in 1939, where he covered Mexico’s early film industry. Moving to the U.S. in 1943, he began writing about Hollywood, interviewing stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Marlon Brando and John Wayne as well as Mexican celebrities such as Cantinflas.
As VP of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Assn., the predecessor organization to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., he served as host and presenter at several Golden Globe ceremonies. Del Moral also acted as Hollywood representative for the Mexican Actor’s Union, ANDA, and oversaw international contracts for Mexican actors working in Hollywood.
In addition to journalism, he handled the Spanish-language publicity campaign for George’s Sidney’s 1960 film “Pepe” (1960), wrote publicity articles for Walt Disney and served as an advisor on “The Magnificent Seven.” While assisting Alfred Hitchcock with the Spanish trailers for “Psycho,” he recalled that he struggled to get Hitchcock to properly pronounce the Spanish dialogue.
For over 30 years, he wrote and edited the magazine Cine-Grafica, covering the Hispanic social and entertainment scene in L.A. Del Moral was also active in local Spanish language television and radio, writing and producing the 1950s soap opera “Maria Elena” and hosting shows for KMEX and KXLA.
He is survived by a daughter and two sons.
Funeral services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, with visitation Sunday, August 2, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.