Fidel Castro, a liberator and revolutionary for some, oppressor and dictator for others, garnered quite a filmography page during his life.
He is credited as a poolside spectator in EASY TO WED and as an extra in HOLIDAY IN MEXICO, both made in 1946. And in a number of documentaries.
FIDEL, FIDEL CASTRO: LIFE FOR THE REVOLUTION, CASTRO IN WINTER, are a few of many, well, about him. He is in one about MARADONA by Kosturica as well. Also, in one titled KILLING OSWALD. And in another named KUNG FU 2003. He appears in one about consumerism called SURPLUS: TERRORIZED INTO BEING CONSUMERS. There is also WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP?
All in all, his IMDB page credits him in 4 films as an actor and in 55 more titles made mostly of documentaries and TV series where he appears as himself.
Castro, who governed Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008, was a fascination to a number of filmmakers and Hollywood celebrities who met him and expressed different levels of admiration for him.
Among them were Kevin Costner, Chevy Chase, Jack Nicholson, Jack Lemmon, Harry Belafonte, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Harrelson.
Most notable is, of course, Oliver Stone. He was widely criticized for making the 2003 documentary about Castro, COMANDANTE, in which Castro told his story from his own point of view.
While many individuals expressed political support for him, he is widely considered as a dictator that imposed censorship, and operated systematic political repression on his people.
The Daily Beast wrote that according to Castro’s own estimates, at one point there were as many as 15,000 political prisoners in Cuba.
Mr. Castro brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere, bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war, the New York Times wrote.
Cuban state television announced that Castro had died in Havana on the late night of November 25, 2016. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. He was ninety.