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Ignacio Retes

José Ignacio Retes Guevara was a Mexican playwright, film, theater and television actor, director, and writer. Two-time winner of the Ariel Award. He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the 30s, where he was able to meet other prominent playwrights and directors of the time such as Rodolfo Usigli, Seki Sano and José Revueltas. He founded the University Theater of San Luis Potosí in 1937 and the theater company Lantern Magic with workers from the Mexican Union of Electricians. With Usigli he founded the company Midnight Theater (in reference to the free time that both had to collaborate in it); with Sano he would work as an assistant. In 1950 he made his directorial debut with "Los cuadrantes de la soledad" by José Revueltas, which reached 100 performances. Said montage also featured scenography designed by Diego Rivera. In 1944 he wrote his first play, "El día de Mañana". As a film actor, he made his debut in the 1950s and was directed by directors such as Jorge Fons, Felipe Cazals, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Sergio Olhovich and Arturo Ripstein. In his role as a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for films such as Anguish Nights and Journey to Paradise, among others. He was also a public official, as director of the theaters of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), where he promoted the massive construction of public theaters, reaching 38 venues. In the 1960s he collaborated closely with the writer Vicente Leñero, with whom he made various works such as the theatrical version of Los albañiles and Los Niños de Sánchez, among others. The Hidalgo-Ignacio Retes Theater in Mexico City has been named after the actor since 2006 His son, Gabriel Retes, became a prominent actor, director and writer.

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Nov 13, 1918 In Mexico City, Mexico.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Doña Perfecta 1951-10-10
Latest Project:
Movie Por si no te vuelvo a ver 1997-11-18
Known For
Poster of Por si no te vuelvo a ver
Poster of Amor a la medida
Poster of Mundo mágico
Poster of La casta divina
Movie Por si no te vuelvo a ver Poncho 1997-11-18
Movie Esmeralda Comes by Night Don Gregorio, Esmeralda's father 1997-09-05
Movie Encuentro inesperado Unknown 1993-04-29
Movie Amor a la medida Unknown 1993-11-19
Movie Lovers, Partners & Spies Priest 1988-08-17
Movie The Realm of Fortune 1986-11-28
Movie El rey de la vecindad Don Matías 1985-12-18
Movie The Castaways of Liguria Emilio Albani 1985-08-15
Movie Luna de sangre Pastor 1984-02-23
Movie Motel Cordova, Padrino 1984-03-29
Movie Mundo mágico Unknown 1983-12-29
Movie A Married Woman Papá de Irene 1982-01-28
Movie La víspera Unknown 1982-10-07
Movie El gran perro muerto Unknown 1981-08-20
Movie El año de la peste 1979-01-01
Movie Broken Flag Ernesto 1979-06-21
Movie El tahúr 1979-11-01
Movie Flores de papel China 1978-02-01
Movie New World Don Diego de Alba 1978-08-10
Movie La casta divina Don Emilio 1977-11-17
Movie El reventón 1977-02-03
Movie Los Desalmados Unknown 1971-06-17
Movie Doña Perfecta Jacintito 1951-10-10