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José Luis López Vázquez

  • José Luis López Vázquez © Jaime Villanueva / EL MUNDO

    José Luis López Vázquez © Jaime Villanueva / EL MUNDO



Film, Theatre



Date of birth

Mar 11, 1922

Date of death

Nov 2, 2009

"Actor. Considered by critics and public alike to be one of the greatest Spanish film actors of the 20th century. He starred in over 200 films."

He was born in Madrid in 1922. He made his theatre debut in 1940 in the Teatro María Guerrero and first appeared in film in 1946, with 'María Fernanda, la Jerezana', by Enrique Herreros. During the 1950s he took a series of supporting roles in films by Berlanga, Forqué, Bardem and Marco Ferreri, which established his reputation as an actor. Throughout the 1960s he formed an on-screen partnership with the actress Gracita Morales, which brought them both widespread popularity. In 1972 he starred in 'Mi querida señorita' by Jaime de Armiñán, which was nominated for an Oscar. His television appearances included particularly his roles in the series 'Este señor de negro' and in 'La cabina', directed by Antonio Mercero and winner of an Emmy award. He also acted in several theatre productions and television series. He died in Madrid on November 4, 2009.


Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1985)
Gold Medal for Merit (1997)
National Theatre Award (2002)
Honorary Goya Award (2004)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2008)

Essential works

  • Film - Generic image

    El cochecito (interpretation)

    A portrayal of the illusions and problems of Spanish society in the 1950s, with much black humour. 

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    The Little Apartment (interpretation)

    Black humour comedy, based on the novel of the same title by Rafael Azcona, which portrays the problems of a couple when trying to get a home in the 1950s.

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  • The Executioner © EFE

    The Executioner (interpretation)

    A sarcastic and ironic reflection on human nature. Considered one of the best Spanish films.

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  • The Telephone Box © EFE

    The Telephone Box (interpretation)

    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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  • The National Shotgun © EFE

    The National Shotgun (interpretation)

    A comedy with a series of sketches harshly criticising the last period of Franco’s regime. The scenes and dialogues are right on target in their depiction of several archetypes.

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