Biography

José Calvo (March 3, 1916 – May 16, 1980) was a Spanish film actor best known for his roles in western films or historical dramas.

He made around 150 appearances mostly in films between 1952 and his death in 1980. He entered film in 1952 and was prolific as an actor throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He made many appearances in crime dramas, often with a historical theme and appeared in a high number of western films.

In 1964 he starred as the innkeeper Silvanito in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western production A Fistful of Dollars as one of Clint Eastwood's few "amigos" in the town of San Miguel. He later appeared in westerns such as I Giorni dell'ira (1967) opposite Lee Van Cleef, Anda muchacho, spara! (1971) and Dust in the Sun (1973) etc.

However, after the Spaghetti western era of the late 1960s, in the 1970s he returned to appearing in primarily Spanish films and in contrast to the roles which dominated much of his career did appear in several Spanish comedy films often with slapstick humor as that genre grew popular in Latin cinema during this period.

He died in Gran Canaria on May 16, 1980 aged 64.

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José Calvo (March 3, 1916 – May 16, 1980) was a Spanish film actor best known for his roles in western films or historical dramas.

He made around 150 appearances mostly in films between 1952 and his death in 1980. He entered film in 1952 and was prolific as an actor throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He made many appearances in crime dramas, often with a historical theme and appeared in a high number of western films.

In 1964 he starred as the innkeeper Silvanito in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western production A Fistful of Dollars as one of Clint Eastwood's few "amigos" in the town of San Miguel. He later appeared in westerns such as I Giorni dell'ira (1967) opposite Lee Van Cleef, Anda muchacho, spara! (1971) and Dust in the Sun (1973) etc.

However, after the Spaghetti western era of the late 1960s, in the 1970s he returned to appearing in primarily Spanish films and in contrast to the roles which dominated much of his career did appear in several Spanish comedy films often with slapstick humor as that genre grew popular in Latin cinema during this period.

He died in Gran Canaria on May 16, 1980 aged 64.

Description above from the Wikipedia article José Calvo, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 51

Birthday 1916-03-03

Day of Death 1980-05-16

Place of Birth Madrid, Spain

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Also Known As

  • Pepe Calvo

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1981 Cervantes
1980 En mil pedazos as Joaquín Faldrao
1978 Mi Mujer no es mi Señora as Don Homero (as Pepe Calvo)
1978 Soldados
1978 The Frenchman's Orchard as José Muñoz Lopera
1978 The Last Party as Don Julián (as Pepe Calvo)
1977 Secretos de alcoba as Luis
1976 La espada negra
1976 The Shameful Secret of a Good Boy as Don Gumersindo
1976 Las delicias de los verdes años as Don Illán
1975 Blanca's Weddings as Cuñado de Antonio
1975 One Man Against the Organization as Zaccaria Rabajos (as Pepe Calvo)
1974 Run, Run, Joe!
1973 Little Funny Guy as Don Nicolone Salento
1972 Tragic Ceremony as Sam David
1972 Dust in the Sun as Der große Goldoni
1972 Carta de amor de un asesino
1971 Los días de Cabirio as Padre de Mary Carmen
1971 At the End of the Rainbow as Joselito Cosorito
1971 Le calde notti di Don Giovanni as Sultano Selim (as Pepe Calvo)
1970 Tristana as Bellringer
1969 Twice a Judas as Russel
1969 A Stranger in Paso Bravo as Wasserhändler
1969 Appointment in Beirut as Benson
1968 For One Thousand Dollars Per Day
1967 Day of Anger as Blind Bill
1966 Non faccio la guerra, faccio l'amore as Don Getulio
1966 Che notte, ragazzi! as Chófer (as Pepe Calvo)
1966 Web of Violence
1966 Funny Money as (uncredited)
1966 Due mafiosi contro Al Capone as Al Capone
1966 Platero y yo as Don José
1965 The Desert Renegades as Yusuff
1965 In a Colt's Shadow as Sheriff
1965 La primera aventura as Cosme
1965 The Woman from Beirut
1965 Six Days a Week
1965 Oklahoma John as Ron Edwards
1964 Suspendido en sinvergüenza
1964 A Fistful of Dollars as Silvanito
1963 Life Goes On as Dueño Bar
1963 El sol en el espejo
1961 Viridiana as Don Amalio
1961 At Five in the Afternoon as Amigo (uncredited)
1961 Alma aragonesa as Tío Ramón
1960 Don Lucio and Brother Pío as El pecas
1960 La quiniela
1960 Crimen para recién casados as Navy Officer
1960 El amor que yo te dí
1956 Main Street as Amigote #4 - Doctor
1955 Sucedió en Sevilla

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