Carlos Rivas (actor)

Carlos Rivas (born, Oscar Weber, February 16, 1925 – June 16, 2003) was an American actor, best remembered as Lun Tha in The King and I (1956), Dirty Bob in True Grit (1969), and Hernandez in Topaz (1969).

Carlos Rivas
Carlos Rivas (actor)
Oscar Weber

February 16, 1925
DiedJune 16, 2003 (aged 78)
Years active1945  – 2000
Known forThe King and I
True Grit

Early life

Rivas was born in El Paso, Texas, to a German father and Mexican mother. English was his first language.[1]


Carlos Rivas was discovered in a bar in Mexico. He began his career in Mexican and Argentinian westerns, though his Argentinian films were actually filmed in Mexico.

His American debut was in The King and I (1956) opposite Rita Moreno. After this career highlight, he was quickly reduced to supporting roles.[2] Rivas had co-starring roles in two science fiction films, The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956) and The Black Scorpion (1957).[2] Rivas played Chingachgook in The Deerslayer (1957) with Lex Barker, Forrest Tucker, and Rita Moreno.

In 1970, Rivas joined Ricardo Montalban, Henry Darrow, and other Latino actors in co-founding the Nosotros ("We") Foundation, a Los Angeles based organization devoted to improving the way Hispanics are depicted in entertainment and to advocating for Latinos in the movie and television industry.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Carlos Rivas interview
  2. ^ a b Carlos Rivas at

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