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Francisco Rabal

Francisco Rabal

Birthday: 1926-03-08 | Place of Birth: Águilas, Murcia, Región de Murcia, Spain

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFrancisco Rabal (March 8, 1926 – August 29, 2001), perhaps better known as Paco Rabal, was a Spanish actor born in Águilas, a small town in the province of Murcia, Spain.In 1936, after the Spanish Civil War broke out. Rabal and his family left Murcia and moved to Madrid. Young Francisco had to work as a street salesboy and in a chocolate factory. When he was 13 years old, he left school to work as an electrician at Estudios Chamartín.Rabal got some sporadic jobs as an extra. Dámaso Alonso and other people advised him to try his luck with a career in theater.During the following years, he got some roles in theater companies such as Lope de Vega or María Guerrero. It was there that he met actress Asunción Balaguer; they married and remained together for the rest of Rabal's life. Their daughter, Teresa Rabal, is also an actor.In 1947, Rabal got some regular jobs in theater. He used his full name, Francisco Rabal, as stage name. However, the people who knew him always called him Paco Rabal. (Paco is the familiar form for Francisco.) "Paco Rabal" became his unofficial stage name.During the 1940s, Rabal began acting in movies as an extra, but it was not until 1950 that he was first cast in speaking roles, and played romantic leads and rogues. He starred in three films directed by Luis Buñuel - Nazarín (1959), Viridiana (1961) and Belle de jour (1967).William Friedkin thought of Rabal for the French villain of his 1971 movie The French Connection. However, he could not remember the name of "that Spanish actor". Mistakenly, his staff hired another Spanish actor, Fernando Rey. Friedkin discovered that Rabal did not speak English or French, so he decided to keep Rey. Rabal has previously worked with Rey in Viridiana. Rabal did, however, work with Friedkin in the much less successful but Academy Award-nominated cult classic Sorcerer (1977), a remake of The Wages of Fear (1953).Throughout his career, Rabal worked in France, Italy and Mexico with directors such as Gillo Pontecorvo, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Valerio Zurlini, Jacques Rivette and Alberto Lattuada.It is widely considered that Rabal's best performances came after Francisco Franco's death on 1975. In the 1980s, Rabal starred in Los santos inocentes, winning the Award as Best Actor in Cannes Film Festival, in El Disputado Voto del Señor Cayo and also in the TV series Juncal. In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. In the 1999 he played the character of Francisco Goya in Carlos Saura Goya en Burdeos, winning a Goya Award as Best Actor.Francisco Rabal is the only Spanish actor to have received a honoris causa doctoral degree from the University of Murcia.Rabal's final movie was Dagon, a film which was dedicated to him right before the credits. The dedication read "Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being."Rabal died in 2001 from compensatory dilating emphysema, while on an airplane travelling to Bordeaux, when he was coming back from receiving an Award at Montreal Film Festival.Description above from the Wikipedia article Francisco Rabal, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Known For

Dagon
Dagon

Dagon   2001

Release Date: 
2001

Rating: 6.3

genres: 
Fantasy  /  Horror  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Francisco Rabal  /  Brendan Price  /  Raquel Meroño
Goya in Bordeaux
Goya in Bordeaux

Goya in Bordeaux   1999

Release Date: 
1999

Rating: 6.9

genres: 
Drama  /  War
Talk of Angels
Talk of Angels

Talk of Angels   1998

Release Date: 
1998

Rating: 6.1

genres: 
Drama  /  Romance  /  War
Airbag
Airbag

Airbag   1997

Release Date: 
1997

Rating: 6.8

genres: 
Action  /  Comedy  /  Crime
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!   1990

Release Date: 
1990

Rating: 7

genres: 
Drama  /  Comedy  /  Crime
Stars: 
Victoria Abril  /  Antonio Banderas  /  Loles León
The Holy Innocents
The Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents   1984

Release Date: 
1984

Rating: 8.2

genres: 
Drama
Stars: 
Alfredo Landa  /  Terele Pávez  /  Francisco Rabal

Acting

2001
Dagon

as    Ezequiel

1999
Goya in Bordeaux

as    Goya

1998
Talk of Angels

as    Don Jorge

1997
Airbag

as    Villambrosa

1990
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

as    Máximo Espejo

1984
The Holy Innocents

as    Azarías

1983
Treasure of the Four Crowns

as    Sócrates

1980
Nightmare City

as    Major Warren Holmes

1978
Stay as You Are

as    Lorenzo

1977
Hotel Fear

as    Marta's lover

1977
Sorcerer

as    Nilo

1976
The Desert of the Tartars

as    M.llo Tronk

1974
Death Will Have Your Eyes

as    The Blackmailer

1972
It Can Be Done, Amigo

as    Franciscus

1969
Eagles Over London

as    Martin

1968
Bloody Che Contra

as    Che Guevara

1967
Belle de Jour

as    Hyppolite

1967
The Witches

as    Valeria's Husband

1962
L'eclisse

as    Riccardo

1961
Viridiana

as    Jorge

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