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Fernando Fernán Gómez

  • Fernando Fernán Gómez © Javi Martínez / EL MUNDO

    Fernando Fernán Gómez © Javi Martínez / EL MUNDO



Film, Theatre



Date of birth

Aug 28, 1921

Date of death

Nov 21, 2007

"Actor, theatre and film director, screenwriter and writer. His film career covers the whole of 20th-century Spanish cinema. He was a member of the Royal Academy of Language."

Fernando Fernández Gómez was born in Lima (Peru) in 1921. In 1938 he started out as an actor in the company of Laura Pinillos; five years later he made his film debut in 'Cristina Guzmán', by Gonzalo Delgrás. He was one of the towering figures of Spanish stage and screen. He starred in almost 200 films and worked with top directors such as Edgar Neville, Víctor Erice, Luis García Berlanga and Pedro Almodóvar. He also directed some 30 feature films himself. In addition to his film work, he produced an extensive body of writing, and in 2000 was awarded seat 'B' in the Royal Academy of Language. He died in Madrid in November 2007, at the age of 86.


Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (1977, 1985) 
National Theatre Award (1985)
National Film Award (1989)
Six Goya awards
Madrid Region Culture Award (2001)

Essential works

  • Las bicicletas son para el verano © EFE

    Bicicles are for the summer

    A work by Fernando Fernán-Gómez about memories of his childhood during the Spanish Civil War that met with great success.

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    The Spirit of the Beehive (interpretation)

    Employing the Frankenstein myth, this film is a poetic depiction of childhood, dreams and fear. 

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  • The Last Horse © EFE

    The Last Horse (interpretation)

    The novelist and critic, Azorín, rated this as his favourite film. It is a brilliant comedy, half way between farce and neo-realism.

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    Voyage to Nowhere (direction, script)

    An affectionate look at the world of itinerant actors, with Francoist Spain as a backdrop.

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  • Half of Heaven © EFE

    Half of Heaven (interpretation)

    The title originates in a phrase of Confucius, saying that women are half of heaven.

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