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Francisco Rabal

Highest Rated:   100% Viridiana (1961)
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Birthplace:   Águilas, Murcia, Región de Murcia, Spain
Often regarded as one of the great leading men of Spanish cinema, Francisco Rabal, in later life, matured into a respected character actor, whose outsized personality was a match for the men he portrayed onscreen. Francisco Rabal was born in Aguilas, a mining community in Murcia, Spain, on March 8, 1926. Rabal's father worked in the mines while his mother ran a mill. When Rabal was six, the Spanish Civil War swept through Murcia, and Rabal's family relocated to Madrid. As a young man, Rabal earned a living as a street peddler and as a chocolate-factory worker. Later, he found a job as an electrician at Chamartin Film Studios. While working at the studio, Rabal became interested in acting and began taking onscreen work as a bit player. Hoping to refine his skills as an actor, Rabal turned his attentions to the stage, and he won nationwide acclaim for his performance in a Spanish production of Death of a Salesman; it was also through his stage work that Rabal met actress Asuncion Balaguer, whom he married in 1950. Rabal's masculine good looks and easy charm quickly made him a popular leading man in Spain, and he established himself in the international film community with his performance in Luis Buñuel's Nazarin. Rabal and Buñuel became close friends, and Rabal worked with the great director on two more films, Viridiana and Belle de Jour. Rabal later worked with Michelangelo Antonioni and Jacques Rivette, and in the '70s he dabbled in directing short films and writing poetry. The actor also became known for his outspoken nature, speaking out with iconoclastic good cheer on politics, religion, fame, and his profession when given the opportunity. As Rabal grew older, his waist thickened and his hairline receded, but he seized the opportunity to play less glamorous and more challenging roles, and in 1984 his performance in Los Santos Inocentes earned him Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Rabal kept up a busy schedule into his seventies, and in 1999 scored a late-career triumph with his acclaimed performance in Carlos Saura's Goya in Bordeaux. In August of 2001, Rabal received an award for lifetime achievement at the Montreal Film Festival. While flying home, Rabal died as a result of pulmonary complications. He left behind two children, both of whom grew to become active in the film industry -- actress and singer Teresa Rabal and filmmaker Benito Rabal.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Setenta veces siete (The Female: Seventy Times Seven)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Epílogo
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet La Gran Mentira
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Le Gros Coup
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Cervantes (Young Rebel)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet La Hora Bruja
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Amanecer en Puerta Oscura (Whom God Forgives)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet La battaglia d'Inghilterra (Eagles Over London)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Noche De Verano
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Sangre En El Ruedo
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Todo Es Posible En Granada
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet St. Teresa of Avila
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet La hora bruja
  • Cesar
2006
No Score Yet El Sueno Del Caiman
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet T qu haras por amor? , (Che faresti per amore?), (Just Run!)
  • Don Vincente
2001
92% The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)
  • Actor
2001
56% Dagon
  • Ezequiel
2001
54% Goya in Bordeaux
  • Goya (as an old man)
2000
No Score Yet Speaking of Bunuel (A Propósito de Buñuel)
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Peixe Lua
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Talk of Angels
  • Don Jorge
1998
No Score Yet El evangelio de las Maravillas
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet En Dag Til i Solen (Water Easy Reach)
  • Molina
1998
No Score Yet Divine
  • Papa Basilio
1998
No Score Yet Little Miracle
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Pequeños milagros (Little Miracles)
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Le Jour et la nuit
  • Cristobal
1997
No Score Yet Airbag
  • Villambrosa
1997
No Score Yet Oedipo Alcalde
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Oedipus Mayor
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Man Who Lost His Shadow
  • Antonio
1991
70% Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
  • Maximo Espejo
1990
No Score Yet A Time of Destiny
  • Jorge Larraneta
1988
No Score Yet Joaquin Gallegos
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti
  • Guaglione
1986
No Score Yet Time of Silence (Tiempo de Silencio)
  • Muecas
1986
No Score Yet Dagon
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Marbella, un Golpe de Cinco Estrellas
  • Juan
1985
No Score Yet The Holy Innocents
  • Azarias
1984
No Score Yet The Stilts (Los Zancos)
  • Manuel
1984
No Score Yet Padre Nuestro
  • Abel
1984
No Score Yet Treasure of the Four Crowns
  • Socrates
1983
No Score Yet The Beehive (La Colmena)
  • Actor
1982
40% Incubo sulla città contaminata (Nightmare City) (Invasion by the Atomic Zombies)
  • Maj.Holmes
1980
No Score Yet Stay As You Are
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Corleone
  • Don Guisto
1978
No Score Yet Reborn
  • Giacomo
1978
83% Sorcerer
  • Nilo
1977
No Score Yet Il Deserto dei Tartari (The Desert of the Tartars)
  • Tronk
1976
No Score Yet The Long Holidays Of 1936 (Las Largas Vacaciones Del 36)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet El Muerto
  • Azevedo Bandeira
1975
No Score Yet Il Consigliori (Counselor at Crime) (The Counsellor)
  • Vincent Garofalo
1973
No Score Yet Beyond Erotica
  • Actor
1973
88% The Other
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet La colonna infame
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet It Can Be Done, Amigo
  • Franciscus
1972
88% La religieuse (The Nun)
  • Dom Morel
1971
No Score Yet Bloody Che Contra
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Devil's Crude
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet N.P. Il Segreto
  • N.P.
1971
No Score Yet Le soldat Laforêt (Laforet the Soldier)
  • Paco
1971
No Score Yet Goya
  • Goya (as an old man)
1970
No Score Yet Cutting Heads
  • Diaz
1970
No Score Yet The Challenges (Los desafios)
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Eagles over London
  • Martin Donovan
1970
No Score Yet Simón Bolívar
  • Actor
1969
96% Belle de Jour
  • Hippolyte
1968
No Score Yet Bloody Che Contra
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Spain Again
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet I Lunghi giorni della vendetta (Days of Vengeance)(The Deadliest Gunfight)
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches)
  • Valeria's Husband
1967
No Score Yet Marie Chantal contre Dr. Kha (Blue Panther)
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Pensione paura
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Llanto Por un Bandido
  • El Tempranillo
1964
92% L'Eclisse
  • Riccardo
1962
100% Viridiana
  • Jorge
1961
83% Nazarin
  • Father Nazario
1958
No Score Yet Luna De Sangre
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Un Delitto
  • Actor

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