In 1897, Juan Xicart Bellavista was born in Spain and he became a well-known Hollywood entertainer who was a screen writer, tango, flamengo, and apache dancer. At the age of 22, Mr. Bellavista immigrated to this country where he changed his name to Juan Duval. Mr. Duval was hired by the studio as a fight choreographer to help Rudolph Valentino for a movie scene in “Blood and Sand”. In the late 1920’s Mr. Duval toured the Vaudeville circuit with the Richards twins with skits that featured dancing and music. During one skit called “The Cave of Sorrows”, Mr. Duval would dance Apache.
From there Mr. Duval made local headlines when he joined the Hollywood Studios of Stage, Arts and Music as a Tango dance instructor.
On Oct 1941, Mr. Duval opened a successful Spanish dance studio located at 2209 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. In 1942 Mr. Duval became an American citizen. On Apr 1954, Juan Duval died and is buried at L.A. National Veterans Cemetery. Mr. Duval served in the Army during WWI overseas during the North Africa Campaign. However, in 1958, Mr. Duval’s wife filed a lawsuit on behalf of her husband concerning the 1956, Academy Award winning movie “The Brave One”. Mrs. Duval believes her husband was the writer for this movie and both a breach of contract and copyright action was prepared by L.A. Attorney Herbert Silverberg. The story goes Juan Duval wrote the original screen play and died before film production started Both the King Brothers and Dalton Trumbo took credit and got the oscar. Dalton Trumbo was a blacklisted writer and one of the Hollywood 10 during the communistic period. To this day, google searches show Juan Duval’s family are still bitter about the fact their father never received the movie credit and Oscar he deserved. There is not allot of facts that show Mr. Duval and Rudolph Valentino were friends of any kind.