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Francisco Rabal

  • Francisco Rabal © Iñigo Ibáñez / EL MUNDO

    Francisco Rabal © Iñigo Ibáñez / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Mar 8, 1926

Date of death

Aug 29, 2001

" Actor. Considered one of the best Spanish film actors of all time."

He was born in Águilas (Murcia) in 1926, and moved to Madrid with his family on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. He began working as an extra, and in minor roles on the stage. His film debut came in 1942 in 'La rueda de la vida'. He alternated his appearances in theatre and in film, although gradually his film career overtook his theatrical work. In 1958 he worked with the director Luis Buñuel in 'Nazarín', and again in 'Viridiana' and 'Belle de jour', which launched him internationally and enabled him to work with filmmakers of the stature of Antonioni, Chabrol and Visconti. His mature roles included his performances in 'Truhanes', 'The holy innocents', 'Tie me up, tie me down' and 'Goya in Bordeaux'. He died on 29 August, 2001.


National Film Award (1984)
Best actor at the Cannes Film Festival (1984)
Goya award for Best Actor (1999)

Essential works

  • Epilogue © EFE

    Epílogo (interpretation)

    Film director, Gonzalo Suárez, also wrote the two novels that are the source for this film: “Gorilla in Hollywood” and “Rocabruno beats Ditirambo”.

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  • Radio Stories © EFE

    Radio Stories (interpretation)

    A charming film about the phenomenon of radio contests in Spain in the 1950s.

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  • The Holy Innocents © EFE

    The Holy Innocents (interpretation)

    Brilliant film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Miguel Delibes. Its male stars won an award at Cannes. 

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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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  • Whom God Forgives. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Whom God Forgives (interpretation)

    This film established the director’s reputation nationally and internationally. Following this success, he made two more films: “Un hecho violento” (“Violent Fate”) and “La noche y el alba”.

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