Dias Gomes (1930-1999) was a Brazilian actor, playwright, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best remembered for his work in telenovelas, most notably the classic “Roque Santeiro” (1985).
Gomes was born in 1930 in the city of Recife, in the northeast of Brazil. He was an avid reader and wrote poetry from a very young age. His passion for literature led him to study law at the University of Recife. While in college, he also joined a theater group, where he would eventually become a director and actor.
Gomes began his professional career in the 1950s, writing and producing plays for the theater. He soon became a hit in the country's theatrical circles, and his works were adapted for television. In the 1960s, he made the leap into television production, and wrote and directed a number of highly successful soap operas.
His first major success came in the early 1970s with the telenovela “Fogo Sobre Terra” (Fire on Earth). The show was a big hit and launched Gomes into the Brazilian television mainstream. He followed that success with a number of other telenovelas, such as “O Rei do Gado” (The King of Cattle), “O Anjo e o Maluco” (The Angel and the Crazy Man), and “O Clone” (The Clone).
In 1985, Gomes wrote and produced the legendary telenovela “Roque Santeiro” (Rock Saint). The show was a massive success, garnering both critical acclaim and high ratings. It was one of the most successful telenovelas of all time, and launched Gomes into iconic status in Brazil.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, Gomes continued to write and produce telenovelas, such as “A Próxima Vítima” (The Next Victim) and “O Dono do Mundo” (The Owner of the World). He also wrote the screenplays for a number of high-profile films, including “O Quatrilho” (The Quatrilho) and “O Quatrilho” (The Quatrilho).
Dias Gomes died in 1999, at the age of 69. He left behind an incredible legacy in Brazilian television and