The American actor Patrick Wayne has inaugurated this Tuesday the star with his name on the Almería Walk of Fame, which is the prelude to the start of the ‘Almería en Corto’ Festival, where Wayne will be awarded the ‘Almería Tierra de Cine’ Award ‘ during the Inaugural Gala of the Contest at 8:00 p.m.
With the arrival of Patrick Wayne, Almería begins to live six intense days of cinema, which will culminate on Sunday 6 with the closing gala, where the Spanish actress Ángela Molina will be awarded the same award.
Patrick Wayne has had a prolific career on the big screen, where he made his debut alongside his father, John Wayne, one of Hollywood’s legends, in John Ford’s film ‘Rio Grande’ (1950).
The actor stated during the press conference prior to the star’s discovery that “it is a pleasure to be back in Almería, a land that brings back fantastic memories” and whose association began in 1971, when he shot the western ‘La quebrada’ in Tabernas. Of the Devil’ by Burt Kennedy. Years later, in 1976, Wayne would return to star in ‘Sinbad and the eye of the tiger’, one of the most important fantasy films filmed in Almería.
Wayne recalled that “it has been 40 years since he got into the skin of the sailor Sinbad and Almería “has changed so much since the last time” that he visited it. In total, there have been three shoots that have brought him to the province, since in 1984 he participated in ‘Esos locos rustlers’, a western comedy by Hugh Wilson.
The president of the Diputación, Gabriel Amat, during the press conference, stated that “it is a pleasure to receive in Almería the son of John Wayne, an actor who has left friends and collaborators in our land” and asked the winner to sign in the Book of Honor of the Diputación.
The mayor of Almería, Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, has been in charge of delivering the star to Patrick Wayne, who joins the nine on the capital’s Walk of Fame, in which Ridley Scott, Omar Shariff or Kevin Reynolds shine.
Fernández-Pacheco has assured that “it is a pleasure” to have an actor of the stature of Patrick Wayne in the city and has announced that the City Council “will launch all the necessary initiatives so that the capital’s resources are available to producers , companies and professionals who want to produce a film in Almería”. The mayor explained that he “is firmly convinced that the cinema is an industrial sector capable of creating employment and wealth in Almería”.
The director of ‘Almería en Corto’, Enrique Iznaola, has declared that the recognition of Patrick Wayne’s professional career is very important because he is an “actor with a long career who has worked in some of the most important films of the history of cinema such as ‘Centaurs of the desert’, ‘The quiet man’ or ‘The Irishman’s tavern'”.
Iznaola has also talked about the social work that Wayne carries out from the foundation to fight cancer that he founded with his brothers in honor of his father, who died after a long illness. Wayne, for his part, has affirmed that he would be delighted to shoot again in Almería “about eight weeks between March and April” as long as his work in the foundation allows it.
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Actor Patrick Wayne inaugurates his star on the Almería Walk of Fame
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