Gloria Castillo (Gloria Castillo)

Gloria Castillo

Gloria Castillo (March 3, 1933 – October 24, 1978) was an American stage and motion picture actress of the 1950s. Castillo was born in Belen, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of New Mexico in June 1954. Gloria Castillo appeared in a production of the play Late Love in July 1954, at the Little Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and later at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. She was signed by MGM production manager Harry Joe Brown in 1954. She first appeared on television on the General Electric Theater (1954) and in an episode of I’m A Fool (1954). Later she was in episodes of Disneyland (1959), The Millionaire (1959) and Zorro (1959). Her first movies roles were in 1955 in The Night of the Hunter and The Vanishing American. Most frequently Castillo can be seen in sci-fi and B-movie films made in the late 1950s. Some of the titles in which she appears are Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957), Reform School Girl (1957) and Teenage Monster (1958). Castillo married Hollywood writer, producer, and director Ellis Kadison. Her brother is actor Leo Castillo. Her second child is singer-composer Joshua Kadison. Castillo died on October 24, 1978, at the age of 45, from an extremely rare form of cancer. Joshua’s song “Mama’s Arms,” which appears on his smash debut album, Painted Desert Serenade was inspired by his late mother.


  • March, 03, 1933
  • USA
  • Belen, New Mexico


  • October, 24, 1978
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

Cause of Death

  • cancer

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