| Rene Rivera|
Special Teddy Award
| July 20, 1935 (1935-07-20) Ponce, Puerto Rico|
September 26, 2013, Key West, Florida, United States
Flaming Creatures, Mario Banana #1, Chelsea Girls, Jack Smith and the Destructi, Harlot
Jack Smith, Penny Arcade, Ronald Tavel, John Edward Heys, Andy Warhol
Mario Montez Wikipedia
René Rivera, (July 20, 1935 – September 26, 2013), known professionally as Mario Montez, was one of the Warhol superstars, appearing in thirteen of Andy Warhol's underground films from 1964 to 1966. He took his name as a male homage to the actress Maria Montez, an important gay icon in the Fifties and Sixties. Before appearing in Warhol's films, he appeared in Jack Smith's important underground films Flaming Creatures and Normal Love. Montez also stars in the Ron Rice film, Chumlum, made in 1964. Mario Montez, was "a staple in the New York underground scene of the 1960s and ’70s."
Montez was born René Rivera in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1935. When he was 8, the family moved to East Harlem where he grew up. In New York, he studied print and graphic arts but worked in clerical jobs.
A cross dresser and drag queen, he took his name from the 1940s Hollywood starlet María Montez. His acting career started somewhat by chance when he met avant-garde filmmaker Jack Smith, who included him in his 1963 underground classic “Flaming Creatures.” Montez did not attend acting school, instead he admits he learned acting "from watching old movies".
Warhol gave Montez the “superstar” status he bestowed on his protégés, but in spite of working in many of his films, Montez never developed a close relationship with the famously laconic Warhol. Montez was also a co-founder of Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company, which rehearsed at Montez’s loft in SoHo.
In January 1977, Montez moved to Orlando, Florida. After moving to Florida, he quit entertainment altogether and remained out of the public eye until 2006, when he appeared on a documentary about filmmaker Jack Smith. In Florida he returned to working clerical jobs.
In March 2010, Montez was honored by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race: “Mario is considered one of the most gifted performers of the underground period.” In February 2012, Montez was honored with the SPECIAL TEDDY AWARD 2012 at the Berlinale for his outstanding role in underground film history. "Mario was the first Superstar ever and the queen mom of all drag queens" John Waters in his laudation at the Teddy Award Ceremony 2012.
He died of a stroke in 2013.Flaming Creatures, 1962-63 (as Dolores Flores)
Normal Love, 1963–65
The Borrowed Tambourine
Reefers of Technicolor Island/Jungle Island, 1967
No President, 1967-1970s
Mario Banana No. 1, 1964
Mario Banana No. 2, 1964
Batman Dracula, 1964 (unfinished)
Mario Montez Dances, 1964
Screen Test No. 2, 1965
Mario Montez [Screen Test Portrait], 1965
More Milk, Yvette, 1965
Mario Montez and Boy, 1965
Ari and Mario, 1966
Bufferin Commercial, 1966
The Chelsea Girls, 1966
Waiting for Sugar
The Mystery of the Spanish Lady
M. M. for M. M., 1967 (unfinished, lost)
Life, Death and Assumption of Lupe Vélez, 1966
The Queen, 1968 (cameo)
Flaming Twenties, 1968
The Gypsy's Ball, 1969
Occhio privato sul nuovo mondo, 1970
Agripina é Roma-Manhattan, 1972 (unfinished)
Reel Six, Charles Ludlam's Grand Tarot, 1987
Mario Banana, 2010
Mario Montez [Screen Test Portrait], 2010
Boca Chica, 2013
A Lazy Summer Afternoon with Mario Montez, 2011
2012: Special Teddy