Orlando Urdaneta is a well-known Venezuelan actor and television personality. He is one of the most outspoken critics of President Hugo Chavez and his fear of retaliation from the Bolivarian Circles made him decide to live in a self-imposed exile in Miami. He is working in "La hora de Orlando" which is broadcast by La Familia Cosmovision.
Urdaneta received in 1997 the Premio Municipal de Teatro, awarded the best actor and the best theater actor by La Casa del Artista in 1999. During the years 1998 and 1999, he also won the award as best actor from the Asociacion Nacional de Artistas Cinematograficos (ANAC) for his role in Pandemonium and Cien Anos de Perdon. As co-writer of Pandemonium, he won the award for the best film screenplay by La Casa del Artista.
He has hosted over the years several TV and radio programs, such as La Rueda de la Fortuna, ''D'Noche, Estudio 15, Buenos Dias Venezuela, Orlando con Orlando, and Almorzando con Orlando, the latter seen on Televen in 2004. Also Aqui entre noswas seen throughout Latin America and the United States. On radio, he hosted with Pedro Leon Zapata, a humor and political satire program entitled Pajaro que vas volando. However, it was with his programs Titulares de Mananaand La Hora de Orlando, broadcast by Globovision, that his criticism against the policies of Hugo Chavez became more vocal. The presentation of his theater production, Orlando en Cadena'' was sabotaged during July 2002 by the Bolivarian Circles and some of the public was allegedly attacked.
Interview published by the Newspaper El Nacional (2003)
Orlando Urdaneta in VenCOR
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