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Breno Mello
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    (September 7, 1931-July 11, 2008)
    Born in Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
    Birth name was Breno Higino de Mello
    Portrayed Orfeu in the film 'Black Orpheus (1959)'
    Acted in 'Os Vencidos (1963),' 'San Rata de Puerto (1963)' and 'O Negrinho do Pastoreio (1973)'
    His singing in Black Orpheus was dubbed by Bossa Nova star Agostinho dos Santos.
    He never lived up to his potential after the acclaimed film.
    His last movie role was a non-speaking role in 'The Prisoner of Rio (1988).'
    Critics have retroactively accused him and the 'Black Orpheus' crew of perpetuating black stereotypes in the movie.
    He died only 41 days apart from his leading lady, Marpessa Dawn.
    He had no acting experience when Marcel Camus spotted him on a beach in Rio and asked him to star in 'Black Orpheus.'
    He had played for Fluminense and Gremio, both major professional soccer teams in Brazil.
    He played for Santos Football Club with Pele, whom he idolized.
    He disappeared into obscurity to the point that filmmakers of a documentary on the film had to actively search for him to get an interview.
    Black Orpheus was the favorite film of Barack Obama's mother.

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