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Antonio Mercero

  • Antonio Mercero © Larry Mangino / EL MUNDO

    Antonio Mercero © Larry Mangino / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Mar 7, 1936

Date of death

May 12, 2018

"Film director and television producer. He stands out because he successfully developed the traditional customs comedy with television series."

He was born in Lasarte (Guipúzcoa) in 1936. He started off as assistant director to Jorge Grau and Herald Reinl, until he made his debut solo with the short film "Lección de arte" (1962). He filmed short films "La balada de los cuatro jinetes" (1969) and started working with the Spanish public television, where he was very successful. He received many awards and great international recognition for "The Telephone Box" (1972). Some of his works for television are "Crónicas de un pueblo" (1971) and "Verano azul" (1982), followed by "Turno de oficio" (1986), "Farmacia de Guardia" (1991), "Manolito Gafotas" (2003) and "Hospital central" (2004). "La habitación blanca" (2000) was his first feature film after 20 years. For theatre, he produced two plays: "Isabel, reina de corazones" (1983) and "Los verdes campos del Edén" (2004). He died in Madrid in 2018.


Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1997)
Honorary Goya Award (2009)

Essential works

  • The Telephone Box © EFE

    The Telephone Box (direction, script)

    An internationally acclaimed television production. Starting from a simple situation, it manages to create an anguished, unsettling story, with a shocking end.

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Other highlighted works

  • Espérame en el cielo
  • La hora de los valientes
  • Don Juan, My Dear Ghost
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