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Also Known As: Francisco Rabal Valera, Paco Rabal Died: August 29, 2001
Born: March 8, 1926 Cause of Death: pulmonary complications
Birth Place: Aguilas, Murcia, ES Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, electrician

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A handsome, athletic performer who played numerous supporting roles in the 1940s and came to prominence as the title character of Luis Bunuel's "Nazarin" (1958), Francisco Rabal appeared in nearly 200 international films, by directors including Michelangelo Antonioni, Jacques Rivette, Arne Mattsson and Pedro Almodovar, making him one of Spain's most popular and prolific actors. He made his American feature debut in 1977, in William Friedkin's "Sorcerer", and won a Best Actor award at Cannes for his role in Mario Camus' "The Holy Innocents" (1984). Rabal had perhaps the role of a lifetime when Carlos Saura tapped him to portray the aging artist in his "Goya in Bordeaux" (2000). Rabal also wrote and directed several short films. He was the father of director Benito Rabal and the grandfather of actor Liberto Rabal.

A handsome, athletic performer who played numerous supporting roles in the 1940s and came to prominence as the title character of Luis Bunuel's "Nazarin" (1958), Francisco Rabal appeared in nearly 200 international films, by directors including Michelangelo Antonioni, Jacques Rivette, Arne Mattsson and Pedro Almodovar, making him one of Spain's most popular and prolific actors. He made his American feature debut in 1977, in William Friedkin's "Sorcerer", and won a Best Actor award at Cannes for his role in Mario Camus' "The Holy Innocents" (1984). Rabal had perhaps the role of a lifetime when Carlos Saura tapped him to portray the aging artist in his "Goya in Bordeaux" (2000). Rabal also wrote and directed several short films. He was the father of director Benito Rabal and the grandfather of actor Liberto Rabal.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tu que harias por amor (2004) Don Vicente
2.
 Dagon (2002) Ezequiel
3.
 Lazaro de Tormes (2001) El Ciego
4.
5.
 Off to the Revolution By A 2CV (2001) Uncle Enrique
6.
 Regarding Bunuel (2000)
7.
 Peixe lua (2000) Uncle Nini
8.
 Divine (2000) Papa Basilio
9.
 Divertimento (2000) Bernardo Gabler
10.
 Goya in Bordeaux (1999) Francisco De Goya
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as a street vendor selling various trinkets
:
Was an electrician at Chamartin Film Studios; soon after was stand-in and then extra and bit player
:
Made stage debut aged 20; at time known as Paco Rabal
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Worked with Infanta Isabel and Maria Guerrero Theatres, Madrid; later worked with Lope de Vega company under direction of Jose Tamayo
1948:
Began making uncredited appearances in films
1948:
Had lead role in "Don Quixote"
1952:
First significant film role in "Luna de Sangre"
1957:
Appeared in "The Wide Blue Road"
1959:
Began collaboration with Luis Bunuel with title role in "Nazarin"
1961:
Acted in Bunuel's "Viridiana"
1962:
Appeared in Michaelangelo Antonioni's "The Eclipse"
1965:
Co-starred in Jacques Rivette's "La Religieuse/Suzanne Simonin, la Reliieuse de Denis Diderot" and in Claude Chabrol's "Marie-Chantal Contre le Docteur Kha"
1967:
Played opposite Catherine Denueve in Bunuel's "Belle de Jour"
1967:
Starred in Vittorio Cottafavi's TV series "Christopher Columbus"
1968:
Had title role in "El 'Che' Guevara"
1970:
Acted in "Goya"
1977:
Appeared in first American feature, "Sorcerer"
1984:
Directed by Carlos Saura in "Los Zancos"
1984:
Earned Best Actor prize at Cannes for "The Holy Innocents"
1988:
Appeared in Gregory Nava's "A Time of Destiny"
1990:
Was featured in Pedro Almodovar's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"
1998:
Co-starred in "Talk of Angels"
2000:
Had role of a lifetime as the aged painter in "Goya in Bordeaux", directed by Saura
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Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Asuncion Belaguer.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Benito Rabal. Coal miner.
mother:
Teresa Valera.
brother:
Damian Rabal.
sister:
Dolores Rabal.
daughter:
Teresa Rabal. Singer, actor.
son:
Benito Rabal. Director.
grandson:
Liberto Rabal. Actor.
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