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Francisco Rabal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Francisco Rabal (March 8, 1926 – August 29, 2001), perhaps better known as Paco Rabal, was a Spanish actor born in Águilas, a small town in the province of Murcia, Spain. In 1936, after the Spanish Civil War broke out. Rabal and his family left Murcia and moved to Madrid. Young Francisco had to work as a street salesboy and in a chocolate factory. When he was 13 years old, he left school to work as an electrician at Estudios Chamartín. Rabal got some sporadic jobs as an extra. Dámaso Alonso and other people advised him to try his luck with a career in theater. During the following years, he got some roles in theater companies such as Lope de Vega or María Guerrero. It was there that he met actress Asunción Balaguer; they married and remained together for the rest of Rabal's life. Their daughter, Teresa Rabal, is also an actor. In 1947, Rabal got some regular jobs in theater. He used his full name, Francisco Rabal, as stage name. However, the people who knew him always called him Paco Rabal. (Paco is the familiar form for Francisco.) "Paco Rabal" became his unofficial stage name. During the 1940s, Rabal began acting in movies as an extra, but it was not until 1950 that he was first cast in speaking roles, and played romantic leads and rogues. He starred in three films directed by Luis Buñuel - Nazarín (1959), Viridiana (1961) and Belle de jour (1967). William Friedkin thought of Rabal for the French villain of his 1971 movie The French Connection. However, he could not remember the name of "that Spanish actor". Mistakenly, his staff hired another Spanish actor, Fernando Rey. Friedkin discovered that Rabal did not speak English or French, so he decided to keep Rey. Rabal has previously worked with Rey in Viridiana. Rabal did, however, work with Friedkin in the much less successful but Academy Award-nominated cult classic Sorcerer (1977), a remake of The Wages of Fear (1953). Throughout his career, Rabal worked in France, Italy and Mexico with directors such as Gillo Pontecorvo, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Valerio Zurlini, Jacques Rivette and Alberto Lattuada. It is widely considered that Rabal's best performances came after Francisco Franco's death on 1975. In the 1980s, Rabal starred in Los santos inocentes, winning the Award as Best Actor in Cannes Film Festival, in El Disputado Voto del Señor Cayo and also in the TV series Juncal. In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. In the 1999 he played the character of Francisco Goya in Carlos Saura Goya en Burdeos, winning a Goya Award as Best Actor. Francisco Rabal is the only Spanish actor to have received a honoris causa doctoral degree from the University of Murcia. Rabal's final movie was Dagon, a film which was dedicated to him right before the credits. The dedication read "Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being." Rabal died in 2001 from compensatory dilating emphysema, while on an airplane travelling to Bordeaux, when he was coming back from receiving an Award at Montreal Film Festival. Description above from the Wikipedia article Francisco Rabal, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Mar 8, 1926 In Águilas, Murcia, Región de Murcia, Spain
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Land Without Bread 1933-12-01
Latest Project:
Movie Laia 2022
Known For
Poster of Dagon
Poster of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Poster of Los desastres de la guerra
Poster of L'Eclisse
Movie Laia Unknown 2022
Movie Zero/infinito (voice) 2002-01-01
Movie The Revolution on Two Horses Zio Henrique 2002-04-25
Movie Divertimento Unknown 2002-08-10
Movie Lázaro de Tormes El Ciego 2001-01-19
Movie Dagon Ezequiel 2001-10-12
Movie Just Run! Don Vicente 2001-06-28
Movie Peixe-Lua Tio Nini 2000-09-29
Movie Goya in Bordeaux Goya 1999-09-04
Movie Water Easy Reach 1998-03-06
Movie Divine Papá Basilio 1998-09-16
Movie Talk of Angels Don Jorge 1998-10-30
Movie Airbag Villambrosa 1997-06-20
Movie Little Bird El Abuelo 1997-08-31
Movie La novia de medianoche Wenceslao Corredoira 1997-10-30
Movie Little Miracles Don Francisco 1997-09-04
Movie Felicidades, Tovarich Abuelo 1995-01-01
Movie One Hundred and One Nights Luis Buñuel (voice) 1995-01-25
Movie On Earth as It Is in Heaven San Pedro 1995-11-03
Movie The Lame Pigeon 1995-10-06
Movie La mujer cualquiera Unknown 1994-10-06
Movie La Lola se va a los puertos Don Diego 1993-09-10
Series Truhanes Ginés Giménez 1993-10-05
Movie The Man Who Lost His Shadow Antonio 1992-01-15
Movie La taberna fantástica Rogelio 1991-07-13
Series Imágenes perdidas Himself - Narrator 1991-10-09
Movie Manuel, le fils emprunté Juan Alvarez 1990-02-09
Series Juncal José Álvarez "Juncal" 1989-02-18
Movie Buñuel Unknown 1989-01-01
Movie Torquemada Torquemada 1989-05-12
Movie The White Dove Domingo 1989-11-23
Movie Baroque Unknown 1989-10-10
Movie Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Máximo Espejo 1989-12-12
Movie A Time of Destiny Jorge Larraneta 1988-04-22
Movie Scent of a Crime Coronel Olvera 1988-10-21
Movie Divine Words Pedro Gailo 1987-09-15
Movie Tiempo de silencio Muecas 1986-03-13
Movie History Unknown 1986-01-02
Movie El hermano bastardo de Dios Unknown 1986-09-10
Movie El disputado voto del señor Cayo Señor Cayo 1986-11-03
Movie La vieja música Domingo Ferreiro 1985-09-26
Movie Our Father Abel 1985-04-21
Movie The Lost Paradise El político anciano 1985-01-13
Movie Futuro Imperfecto Unknown 1985-01-28
Movie Bohemian Nights Max Estrella 1985-08-21
Movie Marbella Juan 1985-10-13
Movie Scapegoat Comisario Cárdenas 1985-11-14
Movie Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) Guaglione 1985-12-14
Movie The Witching Hour Cesar 1985-11-04
Movie Victòria! 3: El seny i la rauxa Coronel Márquez 1984-02-03
Movie Epilogue Rocabruno 1984-01-20
Movie Coarse Salt Gabino 1984-02-06
Series Teresa de Jesús Unknown 1984-03-12
Movie The Holy Innocents Azarías 1984-04-04
Movie Los zancos 1984-10-10
Movie Los desastres de la guerra Unknown 1983-01-01
Movie Salzillo Salzillo 1983-01-01
Series Los desastres de la guerra Francisco de Goya 1983-01-09
Movie Victòria! 2: La disbauxa del 17 Coronel Márquez 1983-12-06
Movie Crooks Ginés Jiménez Valera 1983-09-21
Movie Victòria! La gran aventura d'un poble Coronel Márquez 1983-09-09
Movie Treasure of the Four Crowns Sócrates 1983-01-21
Movie The Beehive Ricardo Sorbedo 1982-10-11
Movie Reborn Giacomo 1981-01-01
Series Fortunata and Jacinta José Izquierdo 1980-05-07
Movie Vultures Over the City Bender 1980-01-01
Movie The Rebel Tony 1980-01-01
Movie Under Siege William Lombard 1980-08-08
Movie El gran secreto Domingo 1980-10-12
Movie Nightmare City Major Warren Holmes 1980-12-11
Movie Speed Driver Esposito 1980-12-04
Movie Hunted City Don Alfonso 1979-09-27
Movie El buscón Mata 1979-11-27
Movie Stay As You Are Lorenzo 1978-09-14
Movie Corleone Don Giusto Provenzano 1978-11-10
Movie Hotel Fear Marta's lover 1977-01-01
Movie Io sono mia Padre di Orio 1977-11-18
Movie Sorcerer Nilo 1977-06-24
Movie I Am the Law Brigante Albanese 1977-09-23
Movie Emilia... parada y fonda Unknown 1976-08-15
Movie The Desert of the Tartars M.llo Tronk 1976-10-29
Movie Las largas vacaciones del 36 El Maestro 1976-09-14
Movie C.I.A. Secret Story Mehdi Ben Barka 1975-08-21
Movie Fight to the Death Comisario Emilio Mendoza 1975-01-27
Movie La peccatrice Turco 1975-07-20
Movie The Dead Man Azevedo Bandeira 1975-08-21
Movie The City of World Matteo 1975-10-16
Movie Blanca's Weddings Antonio 1975-11-17
Movie Eye of the Cat Eminenza 1975-10-19
Movie The Tempter Bishop Marquez 1974-01-01
Movie Death Will Have Your Eyes The Blackmailer 1974-01-01
Series Il giovane Garibaldi Bento Gonçalvez 1974-02-10
Movie Dormir y ligar: todo es empezar Himself (uncredited) 1974-05-15
Movie Tormento Agustín Caballero 1974-09-02
Movie Beyond Erotica Tío 1974-05-29
Movie The Guerrilla El Cabrero (The Shepherd) 1973-02-16
Movie Counselor at Crime Vincent Garofalo 1973-08-30
Movie La leyenda del alcalde de Zalamea Pedro Crespo, Alcalde de Zalamea 1973-04-13
Movie Nada menos que todo un hombre Alejandro Gómez 1972-02-14
Movie It Can Be Done, Amigo Sheriff 1972-03-31
Movie La colonna infame Giacomo Mora - il barbiere 1972-01-01
Movie Le soldat Laforêt Paco 1972-04-21
Movie Pianeta Venere Party chauffer 1972-08-27
Movie La grande scrofa nera Il Medico 1971-04-13
Movie Exorcism's Daughter Fuso 1971-01-01
Movie N.P. Ingegnere N.P. 1971-01-01
Movie El apartamento de la tentación Hombre que se cruza con Julieta (uncredited) 1971-05-24
Movie Goya: historia de una soledad Goya 1971-06-07
Movie Diario Spagnolo Él mismo 1970-01-01
Movie Ann and Eve Francesco 1970-08-03
Movie Cutting Heads Díaz II 1970-10-16
Movie Sangre en el ruedo Juan Carmona 1969-05-19
Movie Un adulterio decente Conserje (uncredited) 1969-08-25
Movie Spain Again Reportero 1969-06-07
Movie Simón Bolívar José Antonio Del Llano 1969-09-12
Movie The Challenges Carlos 1969-09-19
Movie Eagles Over London Martin 1969-09-20
Movie Bloody Che Contra Che Guevara 1968-01-01
Movie After the Deluge Pedro 1968-01-25
Movie The Witches Valeria's Husband 1967-02-22
Movie Days of Vengeance Sheriff Douglas 1967-02-23
Movie Cervantes Rodrigo Cervantes 1967-11-02
Movie Belle de Jour Hyppolite 1967-05-24
Movie Oscuros sueños de agosto Julio 1967-07-01
Movie The Nun Dom Morel 1966-05-06
Movie Hoy como ayer Ramón 1966-08-29
Movie Don Juan Tenorio Don Juan Tenorio 1966-11-02
Movie Camino del Rocío José Antonio 1966-12-05
Movie The Devil Also Cries Tomás 1965-03-14
Movie Intimidad de los parques Héctor 1965-03-03
Movie Currito de la Cruz Manuel Carmona 1965-07-01
Movie España insólita (voice) 1965-05-13
Movie The Blue Panther Paco Castillo 1965-08-25
Movie María Rosa Unknown 1965-11-13
Movie Legacy of the Incas Gambusino 1965-09-08
Movie Le gros coup Michel Arland 1964-06-24
Movie The Other Woman Unknown 1964-09-04
Movie Weeping for a Bandit José María 'El Tempranillo' 1964-08-31
Movie The Reunion Alberto 1963-01-01
Movie Autopsy of a Criminal Carlos 1963-08-05
Movie Mathias Sandorf Frédéric de Rotenbourg 1963-02-13
Movie Noche de verano Bernardo 1962-03-01
Movie L'Eclisse Riccardo 1962-04-12
Movie I tromboni di Fra' Diavolo Fra Diavolo 1962-10-11
Movie The Female: Seventy Times Seven Pascual 1962-08-30
Movie Hijo de hombre Unknown 1961-01-16
Movie The Hand in the Trap Cristóbal Archaval 1961-05-01
Movie Azahares rojos Arturo Gómez Mancera 1961-11-01
Movie At Five in the Afternoon Juan Reyes 1961-05-16
Movie Viridiana Jorge 1961-05-17
Movie A través de San Sebastián (voice) 1960-01-01
Movie Trío de damas Alberto Sáinz Robledo 1960-01-01
Movie Cavalcata selvaggia Unknown 1960-01-01
Movie El hombre de la isla Lorenzo 'El Moro' 1960-07-07
Movie Nazarin Father Nazario 1959-06-04
Movie Diez fusiles esperan José Iribarren 1959-06-15
Movie Sonatas Marqués Javier de Bradomín 1959-10-12
Movie Vengeance Narrador (voice) (uncredited) 1958-05-02
Movie L'uomo dai calzoni corti Mario 1958-06-23
Movie La noche y el alba Pedro 1958-10-10
Movie Cuenca Voice 1958-07-01
Movie Saranno uomini Giacomo 1957-03-23
Movie Marisa la civetta Antonio 1957-03-19
Movie The Wide Blue Road Salvatore 1957-11-22
Movie The Mighty Crusaders Tancredi d'Altavilla 1957-12-23
Movie Whom God Forgives Juan Cuenca 1957-05-05
Movie La gran mentira César Neira 1956-04-01
Movie Radio Stories Gabriel 1955-07-25
Movie Death of a Cyclist (uncredited) 1955-09-07
Movie La pícara molinera Cristóbal Paterna 1955-12-05
Movie El canto del gallo Padre Miller 1955-09-26
Movie Revelation Sergio Gresky 1955-12-30
Movie Judas' Kiss Quinto Licinio 1954-02-27
Movie All Is Possible in Granada Fernando Ortega 1954-01-01
Movie Murió hace quince años Diego 1954-10-04
Movie I Was a Parish Priest Martín 1953-09-30
Movie Hay un camino a la derecha Unknown 1953-10-28
Movie Luna de sangre Pedro Alvareda 1952-02-18
Movie Sor Intrépida Unknown 1952-01-04
Movie María Morena El Sevillano 1952-06-02
Movie Duda Rafael Figueroa 1951-10-08
Movie Alhucemas Tostado (uncredited) 1948-02-06
Movie Don Quixote (uncredited) 1947-03-01
Movie El crimen de Pepe Conde Unknown 1946-10-28
Movie La rueda de la vida Bronquista de pelea en salón (uncredited) 1942-11-30
Movie Land Without Bread Himself - Spanish Narrator, 1996 (voice) 1933-12-01