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Rene Cardona, Jr
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Birth: May 11, 1939
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Death: Feb. 5, 2003
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico

Film director. His father, Rene Cardona Sr. was also a director. Cardona Jr. began by acting in his father's films and then took over his father's craft in the mid-1960s, directing, writing, and producing over a hundred films over the years. He enjoyed some notoriety and success particularly in the late 1970s as a result of his Jaws (1975) inspired film Tintorera (1977) which became a cult classic.

He was able to capitalize on the spirit of cooperation between the Mexican, Spanish, and Italian film industries of the late-1970s and was able to make a spate of comparatively large-budget exploitation films with professional international casts and crews. He also was able to hire several once-popular American actors during this period, such as Joseph Cotten, John Huston, Gene Barry, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland, Arthur Kennedy, and Lionel Stander to help boost international ticket sales. Most of these actors were fresh from similar guest appearances in Italian films of the same period. He dabbled in a variety of genres touching everything from disaster movies (Cyclone [1978]) to sensational dramas of historic events as Guyana: Crime of the Century (1979). This brief period of international success waned in the mid-1980s and he went back to Spanish-language Mexican "B-films" for the next few decades up to his death. He commonly worked with either Mexican leading man Hugo Stiglitz or Andrés García, who both briefly enjoyed some international fame while regulars in Cardona Jr. films. (per Wikipedia) 
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