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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 148

Birthday 1926-03-08

Day of Death 2001-08-29

Place of Birth Águilas, Murcia, Región de Murcia, Spain

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Paco Rabal

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Laia
Cuenca as Voice
2002 Divertimento
2002 The Revolution on Two Horses as Zio Henrique
2001 Dagon as Ezequiel
2001 ¿Tú qué harías por amor? as Don Vicente
2000 Peixe-Lua as Tio Nini
1999 Goya in Bordeaux as Goya
1998 Talk of Angels as Don Jorge
1998 Divine as Papá Basilio
1997 Little Miracles as Don Francisco
1997 Little Bird as El Abuelo
1997 Airbag as Villambrosa
1997 La novia de medianoche as Wenceslao Corredoira
1995 On Earth as It Is in Heaven as San Pedro
1995 The Lame Pigeon
1995 Felicidades, Tovarich as Abuelo
1993 Truhanes(26 episodes) as Ginés Giménez
1993 La Lola se va a los puertos as Don Diego
1992 The Man Who Lost His Shadow as Antonio
1991 Imágenes perdidas(1 episode) as Himself - Narrator
1990 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! as Máximo Espejo
1989 The White Dove as Domingo
1989 Baroque
1989 Juncal as Juncal
1988 Scent of a Crime as Coronel Olvera (as Paco Rabal)
1988 A Time of Destiny as Jorge Larraneta
1987 Divine Words
1986 El disputado voto del señor Cayo as Señor Cayo
1986 El hermano bastardo de Dios
1986 Tiempo de silencio as Muecas
1986 Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) as Guaglione
1986 La storia
1985 Scapegoat as Comisario Cárdenas
1985 The Witching Hour as Cesar
1985 Marbella as Juan
1985 Bohemian Nights as Max Estrella
1985 Our Father as Abel
1985 The Lost Paradise
1984 Los zancos
1984 The Holy Innocents as Azarías
1984 Sal gorda as Gabino
1984 Victòria! 3: El seny i la rauxa as Coronel Márquez
1984 Epilogue as Rocabruno
1983 Victòria! 2: La disbauxa del 17 as Coronel Márquez
1983 Truhanes as Ginés Jiménez Valera
1983 Victòria! La gran aventura d'un poble as Coronel Márquez
1983 Treasure of the Four Crowns as Sócrates
1982 The Beehive as Ricardo Sorbedo
1981 Reborn as Giacomo
1980 Nightmare City as Major Warren Holmes
1980 Speed Driver as Esposito
1980 El gran secreto as Domingo
1980 Under Siege as William Lombard
1980 Fortunata y Jacinta(10 episodes) as José Izquierdo
1980 Vultures Over the City as Bender
1980 The Rebel as Tony
1979 Hunted City as Don Alfonso
1978 Corleone as Don Giusto Provenzano
1978 Stay as You Are as Lorenzo
1977 Io sono mia as Padre di Orio
1977 I Am the Law as Il brigante Albanese
1977 Sorcerer as Nilo
1977 Hotel Fear as Marta's lover
1976 Las largas vacaciones del 36
1976 Emilia... parada y fonda
1976 The Desert of the Tartars as M.llo Tronk
1975 Blanca's Weddings as Antonio
1975 Eye of the Cat as Eminenza
1975 Le città del mondo as Matteo
1975 C.I.A. Secret Story as Mehdi Ben Barka
1975 Cacique Bandeira as Azevedo Bandeira
1975 La peccatrice as Turco
1975 Metralleta 'Stein' as Comisario Emilio Mendoza
1974 Tormento as Agustín Caballero
1974 Beyond Erotica as Tío
1974 Il giovane Garibaldi(6 episodes) as Bento Gonçalvez
1974 Dormir y ligar: todo es empezar as Himself (uncredited)
1974 The Tempter as Bishop Marquez
1974 Death Will Have Your Eyes as The Blackmailer
1973 Counselor at Crime as Vincent Garofalo
1972 Pianeta Venere as Party chauffer
1972 Exorcism's Daughter
1972 Le soldat Laforêt as Paco
1972 It Can Be Done, Amigo as Franciscus
1972 La colonna infame
1972 The Guerrilla as El Cabrero (The Shepherd)
1971 N.P. as Ingegnere N.P.
1970 Cutting Heads as Díaz II
1970 Ann and Eve as Francesco
1970 Diario Spagnolo as Él mismo
1969 Eagles Over London as Martin
1969 The Challenges as Carlos
1969 Simón Bolívar as José Antonio Del Llano
1969 Spain Again as Reportero
1969 Sangre en el ruedo as Juan Carmona
1968 After the Deluge as Pedro
1968 Bloody Che Contra as Che Guevara
1967 Cervantes as Rodrigo
1967 Oscuros sueños de agosto
1967 Belle de Jour as Hyppolite
1967 Long Days of Vengeance as Sheriff Douglas
1967 The Witches as Valeria's Husband
1966 The Nun as Dom Morel
1966 Camino del Rocío as José Antonio
1966 Hoy como ayer as Ramón
1965 María Rosa
1965 The Blue Panther as Paco Castillo
1965 Legacy of the Incas as Gambusino
1965 Currito de la Cruz as Manuel Carmona
1965 España insólita as (voice)
1965 The Devil Also Cries
1965 Intimidad de los parques as Héctor
1964 Weeping for a Bandit as José María 'El Tempranillo'
1964 Le gros coup as Michel Arland
1963 Mathias Sandorf as Frédéric de Rotenbourg
1963 Autopsia de un criminal as Carlos
1963 The Reunion as Alberto
1962 I tromboni di Fra' Diavolo as Fra Diavolo
1962 The Female: Seventy Times Seven as Pascual
1962 L'Eclisse as Riccardo
1962 Noche de verano as Bernardo
1961 El hombre de la isla
1961 Azahares rojos as Arturo Gómez Mancera
1961 Viridiana as Jorge
1961 At Five in the Afternoon as Juan Reyes
1961 The Hand in the Trap as Cristóbal Archaval
1960 Trío de damas as Alberto Sáinz Robledo
1959 Sonatas as Marqués de Bradomín
1959 Diez fusiles esperan
1959 Nazarin as Father Nazario
1958 L'uomo dai calzoni corti as Mario
1958 La Gerusalemme liberata
1957 The Wide Blue Road as Salvatore
1957 Whom God Forgives as Juan Cuenca
1957 Marisa la civetta as Antonio
1956 La gran mentira as César Neira
1955 Revelation as Sergio Gresky
1955 La pícara molinera as Cristóbal Paterna - el molinero
1955 El canto del gallo as Padre Miller
1955 Radio Stories as Gabriel
1955 Death of a Cyclist as (uncredited)
1954 Murió hace quince años as Diego
1954 Judas' Kiss as Quinto Licinio
1954 All Is Possible In Granada as Fernando Ortega
1953 Hay un camino a la derecha
1953 I Was a Parish Priest as Martín
1952 Sor Intrépida

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