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When actor Jorge Rivero moved to Hollywood from Mexico in 1984, his resume was as long as the Baja coast, but his command of English was limited to short groups of words. Even though he was a star in Latin American countries, in the United States, he was virtually a nobody who couldn't even work here because he had no work permit.

With few options available to an outsider, he sharpened his English with a dialogue coach and applied for residency. Now, 45 years into a life that sometimes strikes him as being one long string of low budget movies, Rivero is ready to make his big break into the American film industry.

He stars in Frank Zuniga's "Fist Fighter" with Eddie Albert Jr. and Mike Connors, which was released in Spanish language theaters Wednesday and in English on Friday. "My films are shown in a lot of countries, but never here in the United States," he had complained. And he doesn't understand why.

"I'm a working actor, but only because I work in different countries," said Rivero, relaxed in the garret of his Hollywood Hills home. "In the United States there is a lot of competition. It's not like in Mexico where I'm a big film star. Here, there are a hundred 'Jorge Rivero' types."

That may be, but for "Fist Fighter" Rivero has been rechristened George Rivero. Producer Carlos Vasallo explains, "Americans just don't know how to pronounce Jorge ."

Reviewed in The Times, he was judged "a likable action hero . . . who projects a rarely seen burly wholesomeness, like a matinee idol from a gentler, less cynical era."

At this stage of his career, Rivero can pick and choose his films south of the border. And typically, they're action/adventure films because "that's where my fans want to see me." But in the States, because of his heavy accent, Rivero has been relegated to the back of casting lines. "You have to remember, I'm coming from a replica bvlgari mother of pearl necklace Latin American country," he explained. "I'm a foreigner, and some people are uncomfortable with that."

Rivero knock off bulgari long necklace is not a complete stranger to the American film scene, however, having appeared with John Wayne in "Rio Lobo," Candice Bergen in "Soldier Blue," and Charlton Heston in "The Last Hard Man." But these credits don't amount to a hill of beans with American producers, as Rivero has discovered.

So while he chases fame and glory on the Western front, he still travels extensively in Europe and Latin America to work on low budget movies that receive limited distribution. "There's not a lot of money to be made," said Rivero, "but it's my bread and butter. And I can't walk away from that."

In his home town of Mexico City, Rivero was a well known athlete in his early teens. After he was graduated from college with a degree in chemical engineering, he put aside his athletic ambitions and business career to establish himself as an actor. His first film was a Mexican production of "The Invisible Man."

"The only part of me that was on screen was my silhouette," he recalled. "It was a disappointing experience."

But it landed him a number of roles on six different telenovelas , Mexican soap operas, which helped establish his credibility as an actor. His second film role was as the masked wrestler in "The King of the Ring." From there he made the segue to Westerns and action/adventure films.

After "Rio Lobo," Rivero made a real run at the American film industry, but he was never taken seriously. That's when he first started working in Europe. He eventually formed his own production company with Carlos Vasallo, and together they made such films as "Target Eagle" with George Peppard and Chuck Connors, and "Killing Machine" with Margaux Hemingway and Lee Van Cleef.

It was also during this period that Rivero went by the more Anglo sounding first name of George. "They told me it was hard to sell a movie with a Latin American guy playing the lead," he explained. "It bothered me, but what could I do. Fortunately, American producers prefer Jorge."

When he first moved to Hollywood, Rivero lost a lot of work because he didn't have his residency. Now that he has overcome that obstacle and the language barrier, "good things should be happening for him," said Rivero's fiance, Betty Moran. "This is the knock off bvlgari leather cord necklace first time he's really ready. With all his experience, he can do some wonderful work."

During the last four years, Rivero has done a number of commercials for Nissan and, more recently, Sears, Roebuck and Co. "Jorge's public image is overwhelmingly positive," said Andres Sullivan, senior vice president bvlgari leather cord necklace fake of Mendoza, Dillion Asociadoes, an advertising agency in Newport Beach that has worked extensively with Rivero. "He's a person with a lot of prominence in the Latino community."

In February, Rivero received the Mr. Amigo Award 1988 for his contribution to international friendship and mutual understanding between the United States and Mexico. Past recipients of the award include the former president of Mexico, Miguel Aleman, and singer/composer Lucia Mendez.

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