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October 14, 2007


Brazilian actor Paulo Autran, whose work earned him the moniker "lord of the stage," has died, doctors said.

Mr. Autran's final film was The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Brazil's Oscar entry this year in the foreign film category.

He died Friday of complications from lung cancer, the Sirio Libanes hospital said in a news release.

Born in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 7, 1922, Mr. Autran had studied law and planned to become a diplomat before his work in amateur theater led him to the professional stage.

He appeared in his first professional play in 1949 and went on to act in more than 90 stage productions, six telenovelas, or soap operas, and nine films, including the 1967 classic Earth in Trance.

For much of his career, he was cast in leading roles in foreign plays translated into Portuguese.

In later years he evolved into a character actor, often playing the elderly father or grandfather.

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