Alfonso Bedoya

Alfonso Bedoya

Born April 16, 1904
Vicam, Sonora, Mexico
Died December 15, 1957 (aged 53)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Alfonso Bedolla
Alfonso 'Indio' Bedoya
Years active 19351957

Alfonso Bedoya (April 16, 1904 – December 15, 1957) was a Mexican actor who frequently appeared in U.S. films.

Early life

Bedoya was born in the small town of Vicam, Sonora, Mexico, of Yaqui Indian heritage.[1] He had a nomadic childhood upbringing in Mexico, though he was educated in Houston, Texas.[2]

Film career

Bedoya found work as a character actor in the US and Mexican film industries in the 1930s to 1940s. During that time, he worked in over 175 Mexican films.[3][4] His last movie, The Big Country, was released in 1958 after his death.[4]

Memorable role

Bedoya is best remembered as "Gold Hat",[5] the bandit leader who declares "I don't have to show you any stinking badges"[2] in John Huston's 1948 adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This movie is number 30 on AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies[2] and Bedoya's line is number 36 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.[2][6] Bedoya's line has become widely imitated by entertainers.[4]

Partial filmography


  1. "Diario del Yaqui".
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)". 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  3. Hal Erickson (2010). "Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  4. 1 2 3 Hal Erickson (2010). "Alfonso Bedoya Movies". Blockbuster. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  5. Hal Erickson (2010). "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)". Blockbuster. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  6. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes". USA Today. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27.

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