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Manuel Granada (nee Benjamin Italo Jose Ingenito O'Higgins) was an actor in American, Spanish, Argentine and Mexican films. For the first half of his career, he worked under the name Paul Ellis.
Granada was born Benjamin Italo Jose Ingenito O'Higgins in Buenos Aires on November 6, 1896. He made his film debut in the Metro-Goldwyn film The Bandolero in 1924 under the name Paul Ellis. An April 1925 article by Harry Carr for Motion Picture dubbed him 'Hollywood's New Sheik.' Like other Latino actors in silent-era Hollywood, he had adapted a WASPy screen name, which stood in contrast to his dark features, a look that was popular at the time. Despite this, he was still cast almost exclusively as secondary ethnic characters, unlike his contemporaries in silent-era Hollywood like Gilbert Roland and Barry Norton (a fellow Argentine).
Still using the name Paul Ellis, Granada next shows up in films in 1947 in Argentina, and continued to appear in films in Spain and Argentina. He appeared in the Mexican/Argentine co-production La Tierra del Fuego se apaga. He made his last film appearance in 1971 in the Spanish film El bosque del lobo. He died on January 30, 1974.
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