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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 Cuenca
Latest Project:
Movie Kong: Skull Island 2017-03-08
Known For
Poster of Juncal
Poster of Diario Spagnolo
Poster of The Hand in the Trap
Movie El hermano bastardo de Dios 2018
Movie Cuenca Voice 2018
Movie Kong: Skull Island Cristóbal Archaval 2017-03-08
Movie Afterparty Carlos 2016-03-10
Movie Embrasse-moi comme tu m'aimes Muecas 2016-08-25
Movie Between a Frock and a Hard Place 2015-06-18
Movie Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy Arturo Gómez Mancera 2014-02-13
Movie Monsterz Franciscus 2014-05-30
Movie Mr. Turner Riccardo 2014-10-31
Movie How to Steal a Dog Lorenzo 2014-12-31
Movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story The Blackmailer 2013-03-23
Movie Bayside Shakedown The Final: The New Hope Muecas 2012-09-06
Movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower Jorge Larraneta 2012-09-20
Movie The Well Digger's Daughter Che Guevara 2011-04-19
Movie Video Games Live : Level 2 Voice 2010-10-19
Movie Hurricane Season Nilo 2009-12-08
Movie The Young Victoria José Antonio Del Llano 2009-03-04
Movie The Grudge 3 Major Warren Holmes 2009-05-12
Movie The Watch 2008-03-02
Movie The Boy Next Door Diego 2008-06-01
Movie Forever Enthralled 2008-12-05
Movie Poultry in Motion: Truth Is Stranger Than Chicken Quinto Licinio 2008-10-28
Movie Hot Fuzz 2007-02-14
Movie Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride César Neira 2007-07-06
Movie Sixty Six Díaz II 2006-01-01
Movie Mary Díaz II 2005-11-18
Movie Murder at the Presidio Ezequiel 2005-05-02
Movie Getting Made: The Making of 'GoodFellas' Il brigante Albanese 2004-11-19
Movie The Red Siren Marta's lover 2002-01-01
Movie Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H' Franciscus 2002-01-08
Movie The Revolution on Two Horses 2002-04-25
Movie Divertimento 2002-08-10
Movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nilo 2002-02-22
Movie I Love Muppets Wenceslao Corredoira 2002-03-31
Movie ¿Tú qué harías por amor? Don Vicente 2001-06-28
Movie Dagon Ezequiel 2001-10-12
Movie The Debut Sceriffo Douglas 2000-05-18
Movie The Wyvern Mystery José Antonio Del Llano 2000-10-12
Movie Peixe-Lua Tio Nini 2000-09-29
Movie Dish Dogs Sócrates 2000-08-29
Movie Shacky Carmine Ramón 1999-09-06
Movie Goya in Bordeaux Goya 1999-09-04
Movie Divine Papá Basilio 1998-04-29
Movie Talk of Angels Don Jorge 1998-10-30
Movie The Red and the Black 1997-01-01
Movie La novia de medianoche Wenceslao Corredoira 1997-01-01
Movie Airbag Villambrosa 1997-06-20
Movie Little Miracles Don Francisco 1997-09-04
Movie Little Bird El Abuelo 1997-08-31
Movie Breast Men Diego 1997-12-13
Movie The Legend of Homo-Aquarellius Giacomo 1996-08-31
Movie Rockabilly Vampire Don Vicente 1996-10-31
Movie On Earth as It Is in Heaven San Pedro 1995-11-03
Movie El palomo cojo 1995-10-06
Movie Somebody to Love Salvatore 1994-09-27
Movie Savage Land 1994-09-13
Movie No Alternative Girls Juncal 1994-02-22
Movie Spic-O-Rama Wenceslao Corredoira 1993-01-01
Movie La Lola se va a los puertos Don Diego 1993-09-10
Movie Daughter of Darkness 1993-10-28
Movie The Man Who Lost His Shadow Antonio 1992-01-15
Movie Delirious El Abuelo 1991-08-09
Movie Baroque 1989-10-10
Movie Night Club Villambrosa 1989-01-01
Movie Juncal Juncal 1989-02-18
Movie Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Máximo Espejo 1989-12-12
Movie The Little Devil Papá Basilio 1988-07-01
Movie Scent of a Crime Coronel Olvera (as Paco Rabal) 1988-10-21
Movie A Time of Destiny Jorge Larraneta 1988-04-22
Movie Divine Words 1987-09-15
Movie La storia 1986-01-02
Movie Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) Guaglione 1986-01-24
Movie El disputado voto del señor Cayo Señor Cayo 1986-11-03
Movie Tiempo de silencio Muecas 1986-03-13
Movie Scapegoat Comisario Cárdenas 1985-11-14
Movie Our Father Abel 1985-04-21
Movie The Lost Paradise 1985-01-13
Movie Marbella Juan 1985-10-13
Movie The Witching Hour Cesar 1985-11-04
Movie Bohemian Nights Max Estrella 1985-08-21
Movie Epilogue Rocabruno 1984-01-20
Movie The Holy Innocents Azarías 1984-04-04
Movie Sal gorda Gabino 1984-02-06
Movie The Return of Captain Invincible Tio Nini 1983-01-01
Movie Treasure of the Four Crowns Sócrates 1983-01-21
Movie Truhanes Ginés Jiménez Valera 1983-09-21
Movie Mickey's Christmas Carol Alberto 1983-10-19
Movie The Beehive Ricardo Sorbedo 1982-10-11
Movie Reborn Giacomo 1981-01-01
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 Nightmare City Major Warren Holmes 1980-12-11
Movie Speed Driver Esposito 1980-12-04
Movie Fortunata y Jacinta José Izquierdo 1980-05-07
Movie Hunted City Don Alfonso 1979-09-27
Movie Zünd an, es kommt die Feuerwehr Pascual 1979-02-08
Movie Stay as You Are Lorenzo 1978-09-14
Movie Corleone Don Giusto Provenzano 1978-01-02
Movie Hotel Fear Marta's lover 1977-01-01
Movie Sorcerer Nilo 1977-06-24
Movie Io sono mia Padre di Orio 1977-11-18
Movie I Am the Law Il brigante Albanese 1977-09-23
Movie Las largas vacaciones del 36 1976-09-14
Movie The Desert of the Tartars Tronk 1976-01-01
Movie The Return of a Man Called Horse 1976-06-28
Movie Metralleta 'Stein' 1975-01-27
Movie La peccatrice Turco 1975-07-20
Movie C.I.A. Secret Story 1975-08-21
Movie Le città del mondo Matteo 1975-10-16
Movie Blanca's Weddings Antonio 1975-11-17
Movie Death Will Have Your Eyes The Blackmailer 1974-01-01
Movie Dormir y ligar: todo es empezar Himself (uncredited) 1974-01-01
Movie The Tempter Bishop Marquez 1974-01-01
Movie Il giovane Garibaldi Bento Gonçalvez 1974-02-10
Movie Born Innocent Ricardo Sorbedo 1974-09-10
Movie Tormento Agustín Caballero 1974-09-01
Movie Beyond Erotica Tío 1974-05-29
Movie Le soldat Laforêt Paco 1974-05-01
Movie Giovannona Long-Thigh Manuel Carmona 1973-04-12
Movie Counselor at Crime Vincent Garofalo 1973-08-30
Movie Pianeta Venere Party chauffer 1972-08-27
Movie Die Pfarrhauskomödie (uncredited) 1972-09-25
Movie The Guerrilla El Cabrero (The Shepherd) 1972-01-01
Movie Exorcism's Daughter 1972-05-22
Movie It Can Be Done, Amigo Franciscus 1972-03-31
Movie The Light at the Edge of the World Bento Gonçalvez 1971-07-16
Movie Cutting Heads Díaz II 1970-10-15
Movie Diario Spagnolo Él mismo 1970-01-01
Movie Ann and Eve Francesco 1970-08-03
Movie Sangre en el ruedo Juan Carmona 1969-05-19
Movie Simón Bolívar José Antonio Del Llano 1969-09-12
Movie Thank You All Very Much Sócrates 1969-08-19
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 The Witches Valeria's Husband 1967-02-22
Movie Belle de Jour Hyppolite 1967-05-24
Movie Cervantes Rodrigo 1967-11-02
Movie Oscuros sueños de agosto 1967-07-01
Movie Long Days of Vengeance Sceriffo Douglas 1967-03-27
Movie Das Vermächtnis des Inka Gambusino 1966-04-09
Movie Hoy Como Ayer Ramón 1966-08-29
Movie The Nun Dom Morel 1966-12-31
Movie Camino del Rocío José Antonio 1966-12-05
Movie The Devil Also Cries 1965-03-14
Movie España insólita (voice) 1965-05-13
Movie Currito de la Cruz Manuel Carmona 1965-07-01
Movie The Blue Panther Paco Castillo 1965-08-25
Movie Le gros coup Michel Arland 1964-06-24
Movie Llanto por un bandido José María 'El Tempranillo' 1964-08-31
Movie Autopsia de un criminal Carlos 1963-08-05
Movie Mathias Sandorf Frédéric de Rotenbourg 1963-11-04
Movie The Reunion Alberto 1963-01-01
Movie Noche de verano Bernardo 1962-03-01
Movie The Female: Seventy Times Seven Pascual 1962-08-30
Movie L'eclisse Riccardo 1962-04-12
Movie I tromboni di Fra' Diavolo Fra Diavolo 1962-10-11
Movie El hombre de la isla 1961-11-13
Movie Cuidado con las personas formales Bender 1961-01-01
Movie The Hand in the Trap Cristóbal Archaval 1961-05-01
Movie Azahares rojos Arturo Gómez Mancera 1961-11-01
Movie Viridiana Jorge 1961-05-17
Movie Trío de damas Alberto Sáinz Robledo 1960-01-01
Movie The Big Night Party chauffer 1960-02-17
Movie Diez fusiles esperan 1959-06-15
Movie Nazarin Father Nazario 1959-05-11
Movie Sonatas Marqués de Bradomín 1959-10-12
Movie Voice in the Mirror Wenceslao Corredoira 1958-08-13
Movie La Gerusalemme liberata 1958-01-02
Movie L'uomo dai calzoni corti Mario 1958-06-23
Movie Marisa la civetta Antonio 1957-03-19
Movie Whom God Forgives Juan Cuenca 1957-05-05
Movie The Wide Blue Road Salvatore 1957-11-22
Movie La gran mentira César Neira 1956-04-01
Movie Death of a Cyclist (uncredited) 1955-05-08
Movie La pícara molinera Cristóbal Paterna - el molinero 1955-12-05
Movie Judas' Kiss Quinto Licinio 1954-02-28
Movie Murió hace quince años Diego 1954-10-04
Movie All Is Possible In Granada Fernando Ortega 1954-01-01
Movie I Was a Parish Priest Martín 1953-09-30
Movie Hay un camino a la derecha 1953-10-28
Movie Hong Kong Voice 1952-04-18
Movie The Doctor and the Girl José Antonio Del Llano 1949-10-19
Movie The Battle of Paris Himself (uncredited) 1929-12-30
Movie The Cameraman Don Francisco 1928-09-16
Movie His Trysting Place Martín 1914-11-09