Tenório’s son in the first version of ‘Pantanal’ has lived in the US for 22 years and is the father of 4 children

“The man who was swallowed by the snake”. This is how, for some time, Eduardo Cardoso was recognized in the streets after the tragic death of his character in the first version of “Pantanal”, shown in 1990. Roberto, his role in the soap opera, one of the sons of the villain Tenório, died when he was devoured by an anaconda — in the current one, the character, now played by Cauê Campos, will have a different fate and will be murdered.

“You don’t know how I heard that phrase, that’s what most people said. The scene was really very striking, with a real snake, but it was a boa constrictor. They hired a snake expert who threw a gas to make her dizzy. , I was almost bitten on the recording”, recalls Eduardo, who was 17 at the time.

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Eduardo Cardoso shows behind the scenes of his character's death in the first version of
Eduardo Cardoso shows behind the scenes of his character’s death in the first version of “Pantanal” Photo: personal archive

Eduardo Cardoso shows behind the scenes of his character's death in the first version of
Eduardo Cardoso shows behind the scenes of his character’s death in the first version of “Pantanal” Photo: personal archive

American citizen

Of the more than 30 years that have passed since the first version, Eduardo Cardoso has lived for 22 of them in Orlando, in the United States, where, already an American citizen, he works as a civil servant in a company similar to the Correios in Brazil. In his second marriage and at the age of 48, he is the father of four children. The eldest, Maria, the fruit of her first marriage, is 24 years old.

“I came here to try to save a marriage, live the American dream and escape the violence of Rio. I had a gun pointed at my head twice. I had my acting career in Brazil, but I decided to move to another country,” he says.

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In the US, Eduardo Cardoso with his wife and three of their four children
In the US, Eduardo Cardoso with his wife and three of their four children Photo: personal archive

Eduardo Cardoso with Antonio Petrin and Ernesto Piccolo in the first version of
Eduardo Cardoso with Antonio Petrin and Ernesto Piccolo in the first version of “Pantanal” Photo: personal archive

‘Good head to move on’

From the age of 7 to 22, Eduardo Cardoso worked as a TV and theater actor. On stage, he participated in the classic staging of “O awakening of spring”, in the 80’s, with Caio Junqueira, among others, in the cast. On the small screen, he could be seen in soap operas such as “Ti ti ti”, “Hipertensão” and “Tieta”, his work before “Pantanal”.

“I even get goosebumps remembering that, of so many important actors with whom I played, such as Carlos Eduardo Dolabella, Claudio Correa and Castro… I have good memories of ‘Pantanal’ too. I went there six times and even shared a room with Cristiana Oliveira, with whom I was close at the time”, says Eduardo Cardoso, who misses working as an actor:

“When you stop doing things, stop acting, you have to have a good head to move on or you will be frustrated. My dream when I came here was to work with cinema, I always wanted to work behind the camera too. Maybe one day, who knows, I’ll get back to acting.”

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Eduardo Cardoso in the USA
Eduardo Cardoso in the USA Photo: personal archive

Eduardo Cardoso shows the backstage of the first version of
Eduardo Cardoso shows behind the scenes of the first version of “Pantanal” Photo: personal archive

Eduardo Cardoso with the child cast of
Eduardo Cardoso with the child cast of “Hypertensão” and director Wolf Maya Photo: personal archive

Eduardo Cardoso with Tenório's family in the first version of
Eduardo Cardoso with Tenório’s family in the first version of “Pantanal” Photo: personal archive

In the US, Eduardo Cardoso with his wife and three of their four children
In the US, Eduardo Cardoso with his wife and three of their four children Photo: personal archive

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