Category:Simon of Cyrene (subject)

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Sidney Poitier as Simon of Cyrene in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965 Stevens), film

Simon of Cyrene was, according to Christian tradition, a passerby at the Crucifixion of Jesus who was complelled to carry his cross.

Overview

Simon of Cyrene is mentioned only in Christian sources. In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, he is introduced as a passerby who was compelled by the Romans to carry the cross of Jesus of Nazareth on the Way to Golgotha. Mark adds that "he was coming in from the country" (a detail reported also by Luke), and was "the father of Alexander and Rufus." The character is absent in the Gospel of John.

Although the episode involving Simon of Cyrene is not unlikely, the paucity of evidence makes any historical discourse on this character virtually impossible. More fortune has Simon of Cyrene known in fictional accounts.

Simon of Cyrene, in ancient sources

Gospel of Mark

Mark 15:21 -- [21] And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.

Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 27:32 -- As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.

Gospel of Luke

Luke 23:26 -- And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.

Simon of Cyrene, in the performing arts

As in the Gospel narratives, Simon of Cyrene remains a marginal and obscure character in the performing arts. At the most, he offers the opportunity for a cameo to some famous actors, as William Boyd (1927), José Elías Moreno (1946, 1948), Sidney Poitier (1965), or Rudy Fernandez (1996). Only in the TV film That I May See (1951), Simon of Cyrene (featured by Raymond Burr) is among the protagonists of the story.

Year Performer Film/play/opera Notes
1912 Carl Vincent, actor From the Manger to the Cross (1912 Olcott), feature film Silent movie. Produced and released in the United States.
1921 George Hugo, actor The Twice Born Woman (1921 Strauss), short film Silent movie. Produced and released in the United States.
1927 William Boyd (1895-1972), American actor The King of Kings (1927 DeMille), feature film Silent movie. Produced and released in the United States.
[[1946] José Elías Moreno (1910–1969), Mexican actor María Magdalena, pecadora de Magdala (Mary Magdalene, Sinner of Magdala / 1946 Contreras-Torres), feature film Produced and released in Mexico.
1948 José Elías Moreno (1910–1969), Mexican actor Reina de reinas: La Virgen María (Queen of Queens: The Virgin Mary / 1948 Contreras-Torres), feature film Produced and released in Mexico.
1951 Raymond Burr (1917-1993), American actor Family Theatre: That I May See (1951 Pierson), TV episode Produced and broadcast in the United States.
1953 Hans Strååt (1917–1991), Swedish actor (uncredited) Barabbas (1953 Sjöbert), feature film Produced and released in Sweden.
1961 Rafael Luis Calvo (1911–1988), Spanish actor King of Kings (1961 Ray), feature film Produced and released in the United States.
1965 Sidney Poitier (b.1927), African-American actor The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965 Stevens), film Produced and released in the United States.
1979 Moti Baharav, actor Jesus (1979 Sykes, Krisch), feature film Produced and released in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.
1996 Rudy Fernandez (1952–2008), Filipino actor Kristo (Christ / 1996 Yalung), feature film Produced and released in the Philippines.
2004 Jarreth J. Merz (b.1970), Swiss actor The Passion of the Christ (2004 Gibson), feature film Produced and released in the United States.
2014 John Bruno, actor Jesus: The Desire of Ages (2014 Hamilton-Myers, Orozco), feature film Produced and released in the United States.
2014 Idrissa Sisco, actor Son of God (2014 Spencer), feature film Produced and released in the United States.

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