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Also Known As: Died: August 6, 1986
Born: March 26, 1904 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: El Seco, Coahuila, MX Profession: director, actor

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Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez is not only the most famous figure in the history of the Mexican film industry, he was for many decades a national symbol. Fernandez's legendary on-and-off screen persona incarnates a type of Mexican "machismo" that grew out of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17: the temperamental, at times violent, man committed to the defense of cultural nationalism--those ideals and values perceived as authentically "Mexican". Fernandez was born to an Indian mother in the Mexican state of Coahuila. As a young man he participated in the revolutionary struggles, and after the defeat of his faction he sought exile in the United States. In Hollywood in the late 1920s and early 30s, Fernandez worked as an extra and bit player while he learned about filmmaking.

Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez is not only the most famous figure in the history of the Mexican film industry, he was for many decades a national symbol. Fernandez's legendary on-and-off screen persona incarnates a type of Mexican "machismo" that grew out of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17: the temperamental, at times violent, man committed to the defense of cultural nationalism--those ideals and values perceived as authentically "Mexican". Fernandez was born to an Indian mother in the Mexican state of Coahuila. As a young man he participated in the revolutionary struggles, and after the defeat of his faction he sought exile in the United States. In Hollywood in the late 1920s and early 30s, Fernandez worked as an extra and bit player while he learned about filmmaking.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Erotica (1979)
2.
  Zona Roja (1976) Director
3.
  Choca, La (1974) Director
4.
  The Night of the Iguana (1964) Assoc dir
5.
  Cita de Amor, Una (1956) Director
6.
  Mar y Tu, El (1952) Director
7.
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  The Torch (1950) Director
9.
  Salon Mexico (1948) Director
10.
  Maclovia (1948) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pirates (1986) Angelito
2.
 Tesoro del Amazones, El (1985) Paco
3.
4.
 Under the Volcano (1984) Diosdado
5.
 Amantes del Señor de la Noche, Las (1983) Don Venustiano
6.
 Detras de esa Puerta (1975) Police Director
7.
 Lucky Lady (1975) 'Ybarra'
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10.
 Rincon de las Virgenes, El (1972) Anacleto Morones
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Was a lieutenant colonel in the army during the revolutionary insurrections in Mexico in the 1920s
1923:
Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, escaped to California, worked as a film extra and actor in bit roles in Hollywood
1930:
First film credit as actor, "The Land of Missing Men"
1933:
Returned to Mexico after general amnesty declared
1934:
First lead role as actor in "Janitzio"
1942:
Directorial debut, "La Isla de la pasion/Passion Island"
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Worked as an assistant to John Huston on "The Unforgiven" (1960) and "The Night of the Iguana" (1964) during the 1960s
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Shot a film critic in a dispute
1976:
Went to prison after killing a farm laborer in an altercation; released 1979
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wife:
Columba Dominguez. Actor. Appeared in several of his films.

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