Luis Ávalos Dies: ‘The Electric Company’ Cuban Actor Dead At 67

Luis Avalos Dead At 67
The Cuban actor best known for his work on "The Electric Company" has passed away, LatinTimes can confirm. GettyImages

Luis Ávalos has passed away at the age of 67. His death was confirmed to Latin Times by Gabriel Reyes, a close friend of the artist. Ávalos who was born on Sept. 2, 1946 was best known for his work on the children's television show, "The Electric Company." The actor joined during the second season playing most notably Doctor Doolots, and lasted until the series ended in 1977. In the sketch comedy show, the thespian shared the screen with actors like Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Judy Graubart, Lee Chamberlin, Skip Hinnant and many more.

Ávalos' notable performance on the PBS program was during a time where Latino's were not heavily portrayed in mainstream media, making him one of the pioneers in the entertainment industry. After the show ended, Luis Avalos went on to star in movies like "Hot Stuff," opposite Jerry Reed, Dom Deluise and Suzanne Pleschette. Following that movie, a series of guest spots on television shows like "The Jeffersons," "Highcliffe Manor," "Soap" and "Hill Street Blues" followed. Ávalos went on to star in sitcoms like "Condo," "E/R," and "I Had Three Wives."

Other television credits to Luis Ávalos' name include "Jack & Bobby," "Full House," "Resurrection Blvd.," "NYPD Blue," "ER," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," and "JAG." His film credits include "Jungle 2 Jungle" with Tim Allen and "The Ringer" with Johnny Knoxville. Avalos' last film credit is a movie titled "$5 A Day," which was released in 2008 and starred Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Amanda Peet and Sharon Stone. The legacy that Luis Ávalos leaves in both film and television will never be forgotten as he provided us with countless hours of laughs and entertainment. Our thoughts go out to his family and finds during this difficult time, may he rest in peace.

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