Actor Paulo Hesse, famous for the soap operas “O Cravo e a Rosa” and “Paraíso Tropical”, died this Tuesday at the age of 81. The information was confirmed by friends of the artist and the page of the Brazilian Museum of Radio and Television, MBRTV, on Instagram. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Born Paulo César Boeta, the actor began his career in theater in the 1960s. In the following decade, he moved to television and cinema. His first soap operas were “Venha Ver o Sol Nascer na Estrada”, from 1973, on TV Record, and “O Machão”, from 1974, on TV Tupi.
His standout role was as police officer Sansão Farias in “O Cravo e a Rosa”, a 2000 serial that became one of TV Globo’s classics.
Hesse also worked for other broadcasters. In Band, for example, she acted in the soap opera “Dulcinéa Vai à Guerra”. In 1982, he launched the serial “As Cinco Panelas de Ouro” on TV Cultura, and two years later, in 1984, he went to SBT to act in “Jerônimo”.
His CV also includes the serials “Selva de Pedra” and “Desejos de Mulher”, both from Globo, and “Éramos Seis” from SBT, in which he acted with veteran Nathalia Timberg.
In theater, Hesse was in dozens of plays, such as “Antígona”, “Macbeth”, “O Auto da Compadecida” and, more recently, “De Cara com o Avesso”.
Artists used social media to say goodbye to Hesse. Among them is actress Daliléa Alaya. “Friend of the stage, of the neighborhood. Great actor. You didn’t lose your life. It was life that lost you! You were strong, beautiful and clear as the sun. Keep smiling, that contagious smile of yours! Meet with God and rest in your arms,” she wrote on Facebook.
Actress Barbara Bruno also paid tribute to the actor. “Go in peace dear! Long live Paulo Hesse”, she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post.
According to MBRTV, Hesse’s wake and burial will take place at the Peace Cemetery, in the Morumbi neighborhood, in São Paulo, this Thursday (16), starting at 9am.