Best known as an actor, Félix Rotaeta also directed a handful of Spanish films. In college, Rotaeta majored in journalism and dramatic art. He started performing and producing theatrical productions with the "Los Goliardos" theater group in 1965. He entered films in 1973, and went on to become a prolific character actor. Over his career, Rotaeta has worked with nearly all the major directors in Spanish cinema. A talented writer of fiction and drama, Rotaeta based the screenplay of his directorial debut Placer de Matar/The Pleasure of Killing (1987) on his novel Las Pistolas/The Guns. In 1980, Rotaeta executive produced Pedro Almodóvar's sophomore film, Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Montón (1980).