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Fernando Rey

  • Fernando Rey © EFE

    Fernando Rey © EFE






Date of birth

Sep 20, 1917

Date of death


" Film actor. His work with Luis Buñuel made him the first internationally famous Spanish actor, and he made films in several countries."

Fernando Casado Arambillet, better known as Fernando Rey, was born in A Coruña in 1917. He wanted to study architecture, but the Civil War interrupted his studies. He began to work in film as an extra and at the same time, he started as a dubbing actor. In 1944, he played the duke of Alba in ‘Eugenia de Montijo’. In ‘Love Crazy’ (1948) he portrayed Philip the Handsome. In the 1960s and 70s, his work with Luis Buñuel brought him international fame. He was in films, such as ‘Viridiana’, ‘Tristana’, ‘The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie’ and ‘This dark object of desire’. He also acted in international films like the Oscar-winning ‘French Connection’. In 1991, he was appointed director of the Spanish Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences. He died in Madrid in 1994.


National Film Award

Essential works

  • The Cuenca Crime © EFE

    The Cuenca Crime (interpretation)

    The film is a harsh depiction of real events that took place in 1913, in the province of Cuenca, when two men were condemned for a crime they did not commit. 

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  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie © EFE

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (interpretation)

    With this film, the director Luis Buñuel became the first Spanish person to win an Oscar. 

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  • Love Crazy © EFE

    Love Crazy (interpretation)

    This is one of the best examples of the work of the film-maker, Juan de Orduña, with a script based on the work by Manuel Tamayo y Baus.

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  • Filming. Tristana ©EFE

    Tristana (interpretation)

    Luis Buñuel filmed this adaptation of Benito Pérez Galdós’ novel in the city of Toledo. 

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  • Viridiana ©EFE

    Viridiana (interpretation)

    With this film, Buñuel was awarded with the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

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