Federico Luppi, 83, Actor Known for del Toro Films, Dies


Federico Luppi played a literature professor who tries to start a new life in “Common Ground” (2002), a film by Adolfo Aristarain.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Federico Luppi, a dignified Argentine actor well known for his complex performances in the dark fantasy films of Guillermo del Toro, died on Friday in Buenos Aires. He was 83.

The cause was complications of a subdural hematoma, said his wife, the actress Susana Hornos.

Mr. Luppi’s career, which began in the mid-1960s, included dozens of film and television roles, often in Argentine productions. Slim and stately with a shock of white hair, he endowed his characters with a sense of gravity.

One of those characters was Jesus Gris, the protagonist of the Mexican horror film “Cronos” (1993), Mr. del Toro’s directorial debut. In that film, which also starred Ron Perlman, Gris, an antiques dealer, finds a clockwork device that turns him into a vampire.

Mr. Luppi played the monstrous Gris with touches of weakness — at one point in the film he sinks to a bathroom floor to lap up a spot of blood.