Biography

Fernando Rey  (September 20, 1917 – March 9, 1994) — best known as Fernando Rey — was a Spanish film, theatre, and TV actor, who worked in both Europe and the United States. A suave, international actor best known for his roles in the films of surrealist director Luis Buñuel (Tristana, 1970; Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, 1972; That Obscure Object of Desire, 1977) and as a drug lord in The French Connection (1971), he appeared in more than 150 films over half a century.

The debonair Rey was described by French Connection producer Philip D'Antoni as "the last of the Continental guys". He achieved his greatest notoriety after he turned 50: "Perhaps it is a pity that my success came so late in life", he told The Times of Madrid in 1973. "It might have been better to have been successful while young, like El Cordobes in the bullring. Then your life is all before you to enjoy it."

Fernando Rey  (September 20, 1917 – March 9, 1994) — best known as Fernando Rey — was a Spanish film, theatre, and TV actor, who worked in both Europe and the United States. A suave, international actor best known for his roles in the films of surrealist director Luis Buñuel (Tristana, 1970; Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, 1972; That Obscure Object of Desire, 1977) and as a drug lord in The French Connection (1971), he appeared in more than 150 films over half a century.

The debonair Rey was described by French Connection producer Philip D'Antoni as "the last of the Continental guys". He achieved his greatest notoriety after he turned 50: "Perhaps it is a pity that my success came so late in life", he told The Times of Madrid in 1973. "It might have been better to have been successful while young, like El Cordobes in the bullring. Then your life is all before you to enjoy it."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 158

Birthday 1917-09-20

Day of Death 1994-03-09

Place of Birth A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Rogelia
1994 El cianuro… ¿solo o con leche? as Gregorio
1994 On the Far Side of the Tunnel as Miguel
1994 Arnau (5 episodes) as Compte de Barcelona
1993 Madregilda as Padre de Franco
1992 La Marrana as Fray Juan
1992 L'Atlantide
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise as Marchena
1992 El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (5 episodes) as Don Quijote as Don Quijote
1991 Imágenes perdidas (1 episode) as Himself - Narrator
1990 Drums of Fire as Papa Pablo V
1990 Breath of Life as Gran Magno
1990 Naked Tango as Judge Torres
1989 I promessi sposi (5 episodes) as Conte zio
1989 Esmeralda Bay as Ramos
1989 La moglie ingenua e il marito malato as Il professor Rune
1989 Le Grand Secret (6 episodes) as Paul Corbet
1988 Winter diary
1988 The Tunnel as Allende
1988 Pasodoble
1987 Angel of Death as Ohmei Felsberg
1987 The Enchanted Forest as Sr. D'Abondo
1987 Mi general as Director Almirante
1986 Luis Buñuel: constructor de infiernos as Himself
1986 Saving Grace as Cardinal Stefano Biondi
1986 Hôtel du Paradis as Joseph
1985 Star Knight as Fray Lupo
1985 Black Arrow as Warwick
1985 Our Father as Cardinal
1985 A.D. (5 episodes) as Seneca
1984 A Strange Passion as Piacchi
1984 The Hit as Policeman
1983 Bearn as Don Antonio
1982 Monsignor as Cardinal Santoni
1982 Looking for Jesus as Don Filippo
1982 A Estrangeira as André
1981 Trágala, perro as Juez
1981 Casta e pura as Antonio Di Maggio
1981 Honey as Editor
1981 Lady of the Camelias as Count Stackelberg
1980 Cabo Blanco as Police Captain Torredo
1980 Memorias de Leticia Valle as Don Fernando Valle
1979 Quintet as Grigor
1979 Traffic Jam as Carlo
1978 Rebeldía as Don Luis
1978 The Last Romantic Lover as Max
1977 That Obscure Object of Desire as Mathieu Faber
1977 Eyes Behind the Wall as Ivano
1977 Elisa, My Life as Luis
1977 Jesus of Nazareth (4 episodes) as Gaspar
1976 Voyage of the Damned as President Bru
1976 Origins of the Mafia (5 episodes) as Baron Della Spina
1976 A Matter of Time as Charles Van Maar
1976 Manuela as Don Ramón
1976 Illustrious Corpses
1976 El segundo poder as Cardenal
1976 Striptease as Alfonso
1976 The Desert of the Tartars as Nathanson
1975 Seven Beauties as Pedro the Anarchist Prisoner
1975 French Connection II as Alain Charnier
1975 Smiling Maniacs as Judge Vanini
1974 The Woman with Red Boots as Perrot
1974 The Murri Affair as Prof. Murri
1974 Say it with Flowers as Jacques Berger
1973 White Fang as Father Oatley
1973 Fall of a Body as M. Nansoit
1973 One Way as Mr. David
1973 High Crime as Cafiero
1973 Autopsy as Arthur
1973 Violent Blood Bath as Oscar
1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie as Don Rafael
1972 La duda as Don Rodrigo - Conde de Albrit
1972 The Sin as le directeur de l'hôpital
1972 Antony and Cleopatra
1972 The Two Faces of Fear as Inspector Nardi
1972 Questa specie d'amore as Giovanna's father
1971 A Town Called Bastard as Old Blind Man
1971 The French Connection as Alain Charnier
1971 The Light at the Edge of the World as Captain Moriz
1971 Cold Eyes of Fear as Juez Flower
1971 The Great Swindle as Luis
1970 Companeros as Prof. Xantos
1970 The Wind's Fierce as Don Antonio
1970 Canticle as Padrino Elisa
1970 Tristana as Don Lope
1970 The Adventurers as Jaime Xenos
1969 The Price of Power as Pinkerton
1969 A Candidate for a Killing as Marco Augusto
1969 Guns of the Magnificent Seven as Quintero
1968 The Immortal Story as Merchant
1968 Villa Rides as Fuentes
1967 Amor en el aire as Carlos Mª Saldiez
1967 Cervantes
1967 Run Like a Thief as Col. Romero
1967 Historia de la frivolidad as Gent
1967 The Desperate Ones as Ibram
1966 Navajo Joe as Father Rattigan
1966 Return of the Seven as Priest
1966 El Greco as Felipe II.
1966 Attack of the Robots as Sir Percy
1965 Chimes at Midnight as Worcester
1965 Der Marquis - der Mann, der sich verkaufen wollte as Verleger Ramos
1965 Espionage in Lisbon as Agent of the New World Organization
1965 Son of a Gunfighter as Don Pedro Fortuna
1965 Legacy of the Incas as President Castillo
1965 España insólita as (voice)
1965 The Devil Also Cries
1965 The Amazing Doctor G
1965 Don Quijote as Der Herzo
1965 I grandi condottieri as Engel
1964 La hora incógnita as Sacerdote
1964 Los palomos
1964 La nueva cenicienta
1964 Backfire as Commissioner of Beirut harbor
1964 El señor de La Salle as Luis XIV
1964 The Rash One
1963 The Ceremony as Sanchez
1963 The Running Man as Police Official
1963 The Castilian as Ramiro II, rey de León
1962 Shéhérazade as Acteur
1962 Face of Terror as Dr. Charles Taylor
1962 The Savage Guns as Don Hernán
1962 My Son, the Hero as Hoher Priester
1961 Fantasmas en la casa
1961 Viridiana as Don Jaime
1961 Goliath Against the Giants as Bokan the Usurper
1961 Teresa as Profesor Héctor de la Barrera
1960 Revolt of the Slaves as Valerio
1960 Don Lucio and Brother Pío as Señor Aguilar
1960 Culpables as Mario
1959 Poison at 2:30
1959 The Last Days of Pompeii as Arbacès, high priest
1959 Sonatas as Captain Casares
1958 The Night Heaven Fell as Tío (alternate version)
1957 Un marido de ida y vuelta as Paco
1957 Faustina as Valentín
1956 El amor de Don Juan as Don Iñigo
1955 The Miracle of Marcelino as Monje narrador
1954 Comedians as Miguel
1954 El alcalde de Zalamea
1953 Aeropuerto as Fernando
1953 Welcome Mr. Marshall! as Narrador (voice)
1953 Cabaret as Carlos Jimenez
1952 La laguna negra as Miguel
1951 La señora de Fátima
1951 Black Sky as Ángel López Veiga
1949 Aventuras de Juan Lucas
1948 Mare nostrum as Ulises / Capitán Ferragut
1948 Noche de reyes
1948 Locura de amor
1948 Si te hubieses casado conmigo as Enrique Marín Rubio
1947 Fuenteovejuna as Frondoso
1947 Don Quixote as Sansón Carrasco
1946 La pródiga as José
1945 Los últimos de Filipinas as Juan Chamizo
1944 Eugenia de Montijo as Duque de Alba
1939 Los cuatro robinsones

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