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José Luis Gómez

  • José Luis Gómez © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO

    José Luis Gómez © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Apr 19, 1940

"Actor and theatre director. He is the first Spanish actor to receive a Best Actor Award from the Cannes Film Festival, in 1976."

He was born in Huelva in 1940. He began his theatrical training in Germany, at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Westfalia, and then in Paris with Jacques Lecoq. He has been invited to international festivals in Zurich, Prague, Basel and Frankfurt where he has taken part with shows of his own creation. His mime-dramas changed prevailing ideas of pantomime and mime. He returned to Spain in 1971 where he produced, directed and acted in works such as 'Report for an Academy ' by Kafka. He headed the National Drama Centre with Nuria Espert and Ramón Tamayo (1978), and two years later was appointed head of the Teatro Español theatre in Madrid. He is a founder member of the Spanish Stage Directors' Association.


Best actor at the Cannes Film Festival (1976)
National Theatre Award (1988)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2005)
Member of the Royal Spanish Academy (2011)

Essential works

  • Still from the film “Truman” by Cesc Gay

    Truman (interpretation)

    Humour becomes the best counterpoint to emotion in this poignant melodrama about friendship, life and death starring Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara.

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