Francisco Rabal

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Paco Rabal

Francisco Rabal Valera (better known as Paco Rabal), (born 8 March 1926 in Águilas; † 29 August 2001 in Bordeaux, according to others on his way back to Madrid) was a Spanish actor.


Rabal’s family left the Murcia region after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. In Madrid, the young Rabal had to work as a street vendor to support the family. After his school years he worked as an electrician in Spanish film studios. He took over first extra roles and then went to the theater where he also got acting lessons. After numerous movies in Spain he had his international breakthrough in 1959 with the Mexican movie Nazarín by Luis Buñuel. Two years later he made the film Viridiana with Buñuel, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to numerous cinematically interesting works, Rabal was also repeatedly seen in commercial productions.

Rabal has appeared in over 200 films. He won numerous national and international film awards, including, together with his compatriot Alfredo Landa, the acting prize at the 1984 Cannes International Film Festival for Mario Camus’ social study The Holy Fools in 1984. However, he was only able to win Spain’s most important film prize, the Goya, once at the end of his career. He received it in 2000 for Carlos Saura’s Goya en Burdeos and his portrayal of the elderly Francisco de Goya.


Rabal was married to Asunción Balaguer. From this marriage comes his daughter Teresa, who is also an actress, and his son Benito, who is a director.


In August 2001, Rabal attended the Montreal Film Festival in Canada. On the return trip, he died of emphysema as the plane was flying from London to Madrid[1]. According to other information, Rabal died during the flight over Bordeaux.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1953: The Traitor of the Lord – Judas Iscariot (El beso de Judas)
  • 1954: The Love Mill (La picara molinera)
  • 1955: Historias de la radio – Director: José Luis Sáenz de Heredia
  • 1957: Clorinda the Saracen (Gerusalemme liberata)
  • 1957: Life is without mercy (La grande strada azzurra) – Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
  • 1957: The Day of the Damned (Amanecer en Puerta Oscura)
  • 1958: The man in the short trousers (L’uomo dei calzoni corti)
  • 1958: Nazarin (Nazarín) – Director: Luis Buñuel
  • 1959: Under the Terror of the Murderers (Llegaron des hombres)
  • 1960: Bread and Blood (A las cinco de la tarde)
  • 1960: Doomed to Eternity (Hijo de hombre)
  • 1961: Viridiana (Viridiana)
  • 1961: The Hand in the Trap (La mano en el trampa) – Director: Leopoldo Torre Nilsson
  • 1962: Fallen for Fra Díavolo (I tromboni di Fra Diavolo)
  • 1962: Love 1962 (L’eclisse)
  • 1962: Reunion for one night (La rimpatriata)
  • 1962: The Citadel of San Marco (Mathias Sandorf)
  • 1963: Cordoba (Llanto por un bandido)
  • 1963: His Greatest Shoot (Le gros coup)
  • 1965: M.C. contra Dr. KHA (Marie-Chantal contre le Docteur Kha)
  • 1966: Cervantes – The King’s Adventurer (Cervantes)
  • 1966: Witches of Today (Le streghe)
  • 1966: The Long Day of Revenge (I lunghi giorni della vendetta)
  • 1966: The Legacy of the Inca
  • 1966: The Nun (Suzanne Simonin, la réligieuse du Diderot)
  • 1967: Belle de jour – Belleof the day ( Belle de jour)
  • 1967: Cervantes – The King’s Adventurer (Cervantes)
  • 1968: Shooting Squad to the Afterlife (El “Che” Guevara)
  • 1968: Simon Bolivar (Simón Bolivár)
  • 1968: Deadly Jealousy (Los desafios)
  • 1969: Stukas over London (La battaglia d’Inghilterra)
  • 1970: Chopped off heads (Cabezas cortadas)
  • 1970: Francisco Goya – From the life of a painter (Goya)
  • 1970: Hot Games (Ann och Eva – de erotiska)
  • 1971: Hallelujah… Amigo (Si può fare… amigo)
  • 1972: The planet Venus (Il pianeta Venere)
  • 1973: In a Dozen to Hell (Il consigliori)
  • 1974: You my torment (Tormento)
  • 1974: The Power of the Strongest (No es nada, mama, solo un juego)
  • 1976: The long holidays of 36 (Las largas vacaciones del 36)
  • 1976: The Tartar Desert (Il deserto dei tartari) – Director: Valerio Zurlini
  • 1977: Breathless with fear (Wages of fear)
  • 1977: The Rise of the Godfather (Corleone)
  • 1977: Revenge is Me (Il prefetto di ferro)
  • 1978: Stay as you are (Così some sei)
  • 1979: Hunted City (Sbirro, la tua legge a lenta… la mia no!)
  • 1979: The man whose name was Venice (Politiotti, solitudine e rabbia)
  • 1979: Days of Madness (Carlos el terrorista)
  • 1980: The Man Who Was Called Venice (Poliziotto solitudine e rabbia)
  • 1980: Big attack of the zombies (Incubo nella città contaminata)
  • 1981: Reborn (Renacer)
  • 1982: The Beehive (La colmena) – Director: Mario Camus
  • 1983: The secret of the four crown jewels (El tesoro de las cuatro coronas)
  • 1983: Two Tricky Crooks (Truhanes)
  • 1984: The Holy Fools (Los santos inocentes) – Director: Mario Camus
  • 1984: Time of Illusion (Los zancos) – Director: Carlos Saura
  • 1985: Camorra (Un comlicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti)
  • 1985: The cry of the pelican (Un solitario e mezzo)
  • 1985: Our Father (Padre nuestro) – Director: Francisco Regueiro
  • 1986: Green Hell of Cartagena (Tre giorni ai tropici)
  • 1986: Hot Spot (Hot Spot)
  • 1986: La Storia (La storia)
  • 1986: The Time of Silence (Tiempo del silencio)
  • 1988: A Time of Destiny
  • 1989: Barroco (Barroco)
  • 1989: La Paloma Blanca – The White Dove (La paloma blanca)
  • 1989: Manuel (Le fils emprunté)
  • 1990: Tie me up! (¡Atame!)
  • 1991: The man who lost his shadow (L’homme qui a perdu son ombre)
  • 1996: Airbag – Now it really bangs! (Airbag)
  • 1996: The day and the night (Le jour et la nuit)
  • 1997: Little Bird (Pajarico) – Director: Carlos Saura
  • 1998: Talk of Angels (Talk of angels)
  • 1999: Goya (Goya en Burdeos) – Director: Carlos Saura
  • 2000: Just Run (¿Tu que harias por amor?)
  • 2001: Lázaro de Tormes – Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez
  • 2001: Dagon – Director: Stuart Gordon

Web links

Individual references

  1. Petzel, Michael: Karl May Stars; p. 206 (2002 edition)