Francisco Rabal

Francisco Rabal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Francisco 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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Águilas, Murcia, Región de Murcia, Spain
    Birthday
    3/8/1926
Cuenca
Cuenca
7
On Earth as It Is in Heaven
On Earth as It Is in Heaven
5.3
La gran mentira
La gran mentira
6
Camino del Rocío
Camino del Rocío
5.4
El hombre de la isla
El hombre de la isla
5.5
El disputado voto del señor Cayo
El disputado voto del señor Cayo
5.3
Currito de la Cruz
Currito de la Cruz
5
La novia de medianoche
La novia de medianoche
0
The Miller's Saucy Wife
The Miller's Saucy Wife
5
Trío de damas
Trío de damas
4.7
Scent of a Crime
Scent of a Crime
4.3
Hay un camino a la derecha
Hay un camino a la derecha
5.8
Little Bird
Little Bird
6.5
Crooks
Crooks
5.6
Bohemian Nights
Bohemian Nights
5.7
The Devil Also Cries
The Devil Also Cries
5.8
Goya in Bordeaux
Goya in Bordeaux
6
Cutting Heads
Cutting Heads
4.7
The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
4.4
Autopsy of a Criminal
Autopsy of a Criminal
5
Epilogue
Epilogue
4.2
Summer Night
Summer Night
5.8
The Mighty Crusaders
The Mighty Crusaders
5
Weeping for a Bandit
Weeping for a Bandit
5.1
Whom God Forgives
Whom God Forgives
4.8
N.P.
N.P.
6.5
Bloody Che Contra
Bloody Che Contra
7.9
Baroque
Baroque
6.3
Divertimento
Divertimento
10
The City of World
0
El hermano bastardo de Dios
El hermano bastardo de Dios
5
Azahares rojos
Azahares rojos
5
María Rosa
María Rosa
7.2
The Hand in the Trap
The Hand in the Trap
6.4
The Guerrilla
The Guerrilla
2
Divine
Divine
5.4
Scapegoat
Scapegoat
0
Diez fusiles esperan
Diez fusiles esperan
5
The White Dove
The White Dove
6
Intimidad de los parques
Intimidad de los parques
4.8
El gran secreto
El gran secreto
0
Felicidades, Tovarich
Felicidades, Tovarich
0
At Five in the Afternoon
At Five in the Afternoon
5
Salzillo
0
Manuel, le fils emprunté
Manuel, le fils emprunté
6.3
Goya: historia de una soledad
Goya: historia de una soledad
7.3
Torquemada
Torquemada
8
Lázaro de Tormes
Lázaro de Tormes
5.2
Don Juan Tenorio
0
La noche y el alba
La noche y el alba
5.6
La mujer cualquiera
La mujer cualquiera
0
La taberna fantástica
La taberna fantástica
0
La honradez de la cerradura
La honradez de la cerradura
6.2
Les Anges exterminés
0
Two Men in Town
Two Men in Town
0
Dagon
Dagon
6.2
Viridiana
Viridiana
7.6
Under Siege
Under Siege
4.8
Nazarin
Nazarin
7.7
The Man Who Lost His Shadow
The Man Who Lost His Shadow
5.2
Ann and Eve
Ann and Eve
4.5
La Lola se va a los puertos
La Lola se va a los puertos
4.9
The Blue Panther
The Blue Panther
4.9
Long Days of Vengeance
Long Days of Vengeance
5.8
I Was a Parish Priest
I Was a Parish Priest
6.8
Murió hace quince años
Murió hace quince años
4.4
The Female: Seventy Times Seven
The Female: Seventy Times Seven
5.9
Sonatas
Sonatas
4.6
Exorcism's Daughter
Exorcism's Daughter
5.5
The Reunion
The Reunion
5.9
All Is Possible in Granada
All Is Possible in Granada
5
Laia
0
The Challenges
The Challenges
5.2
Emilia... parada y fonda
Emilia... parada y fonda
4.7
Our Father
Our Father
4.6
Fight to the Death
Fight to the Death
3.5
Tormento
Tormento
5.8
History
History
6.9
The Lame Pigeon
The Lame Pigeon
5
Sor Intrépida
Sor Intrépida
0
Diario Spagnolo
Diario Spagnolo
0
Revelation
Revelation
0
The Dead Man
The Dead Man
5
Hijo de hombre
Hijo de hombre
6
Land Without Bread
Land Without Bread
7.1
The Other Woman
The Other Woman
0
La leyenda del alcalde de Zalamea
La leyenda del alcalde de Zalamea
8
Buñuel
Buñuel
0
Nada menos que todo un hombre
Nada menos que todo un hombre
6
Luna de sangre
Luna de sangre
4.3
L'Eclisse
L'Eclisse
7.8
Eagles Over London
Eagles Over London
6.2
The Witches
The Witches
6
Sorcerer
Sorcerer
7.4
Hotel Fear
Hotel Fear
5.8
Blood in the Bullring
Blood in the Bullring
5
The Rebel
The Rebel
4.5
The Wide Blue Road
The Wide Blue Road
5.9
Coarse Salt
Coarse Salt
5
Reborn
Reborn
4.4
I tromboni di Fra' Diavolo
I tromboni di Fra' Diavolo
5.3
Corleone
Corleone
7.4
Marisa la civetta
Marisa la civetta
5.5
Simon Bolivar
Simon Bolivar
6.4
The Long Vacations of '36
The Long Vacations of '36
6
La peccatrice
La peccatrice
3
Marbella
Marbella
4.3
The Lost Paradise
The Lost Paradise
6.3
C.I.A. Secret Story
C.I.A. Secret Story
6.2
Mathias Sandorf
Mathias Sandorf
6
Counselor at Crime
Counselor at Crime
6
Planet Venus
0
Le Gros Coup
Le Gros Coup
6.8
Oscuros sueños de agosto
Oscuros sueños de agosto
4.9
Divine Words
Divine Words
5.4
Death Will Have Your Eyes
Death Will Have Your Eyes
4.1
L'uomo dai calzoni corti
L'uomo dai calzoni corti
5
Le soldat Laforêt
Le soldat Laforêt
7
El canto del gallo
El canto del gallo
5
La colonna infame
La colonna infame
0
Doubt
Doubt
0
Oedipus Mayor
Oedipus Mayor
5.2
Pigeon Shoot
Pigeon Shoot
7.2
Ni contigo ni sin ti
0
It Can Be Done Amigo
It Can Be Done Amigo
5.9
Tiempo de silencio
Tiempo de silencio
5
Judas' Kiss
Judas' Kiss
10
Blanca's Weddings
Blanca's Weddings
5
The Beehive
The Beehive
6.3
Io sono mia
Io sono mia
4.9
Just Run!
Just Run!
0
It's Nothing Mama, Just a Game
It's Nothing Mama, Just a Game
4.4
After the Deluge
After the Deluge
5.8
Radio Stories
Radio Stories
7.1
The Revolution on Two Horses
The Revolution on Two Horses
5.5
Los zancos
Los zancos
6.7
Nightmare City
Nightmare City
5.7
Saranno uomini
Saranno uomini
5
Nights of Constantinople
Nights of Constantinople
0
Cervantes
Cervantes
7.6
The Nun
The Nun
7.2
Legacy of the Incas
Legacy of the Incas
5.8
Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)
Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)
5.9
Treasure of the Four Crowns
Treasure of the Four Crowns
4
Stay As You Are
Stay As You Are
5.9
España insólita
España insólita
6
The Tempter
The Tempter
5.9
The Big Black Sow
The Big Black Sow
0
Speaking of Buñuel
Speaking of Buñuel
5.9
Little Miracles
Little Miracles
5.5
A Time of Destiny
A Time of Destiny
4.8
The Holy Innocents
The Holy Innocents
7.8
Spain Again
Spain Again
5.8
Cavalcata selvaggia
Cavalcata selvaggia
0
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
6.9
Hunted City
Hunted City
5.4
Speed Driver
Speed Driver
5.3
Airbag
Airbag
6.7
Victòria! 2: La disbauxa del 17
Victòria! 2: La disbauxa del 17
0
Water Easy Reach
Water Easy Reach
6.2
Day and Night
Day and Night
2.2
Talk of Angels
Talk of Angels
5.8
El apartamento de la tentación
El apartamento de la tentación
5
María Morena
María Morena
0
La otra imagen
La otra imagen
0
I Am the Law
I Am the Law
7.3
Zero/infinito
Zero/infinito
0
The Desert of the Tartars
The Desert of the Tartars
6.7
Victòria! 3: El seny i la rauxa
Victòria! 3: El seny i la rauxa
0
La vieja música
La vieja música
5
Hoy como ayer
Hoy como ayer
0
Peixe-Lua
Peixe-Lua
5
Victòria! La gran aventura d'un poble
Victòria! La gran aventura d'un poble
0
El buscón
El buscón
5
Vultures Over the City
Vultures Over the City
5.4
La rueda de la vida
La rueda de la vida
6
Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour
7.4
Eye of the Cat
Eye of the Cat
6.2
Il mistero del panino assassino
Il mistero del panino assassino
0
El crimen de Pepe Conde
El crimen de Pepe Conde
5
Futuro Imperfecto
Futuro Imperfecto
0
Revenge
Revenge
5.8
Alhucemas
Alhucemas
0
Un adulterio decente
Un adulterio decente
1.5
One Hundred and One Nights
One Hundred and One Nights
6.3
Death of a Cyclist
Death of a Cyclist
7.1
Dormir Y Ligar: Todo Es Empezar
Dormir Y Ligar: Todo Es Empezar
5.7
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
5.1
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