Tuesday, October 12, 2010

RIP Manuel Alexandre

Spanish actor Manuel Alexandre dead at 92

Spanish actor Manuel Alexandre, who appeared in over 300 movies in secondary roles in a career spanning over seven decades, died of cancer Tuesday at a Madrid hospital, his family said. He was 92.

Regarded as one of the last representatives of a golden age in Spanish cinema, he appeared in many famous comedies including "Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall" ("Welcome Mr. Marshall") in 1953 and "Amanece, Que no es poco" ("Dawn Breaks, Which Is A Lot") in 1988.

He also made a name for himself in theatre and television. His last major role was in the 2008 television mini-series "20-N" where he played Francisco Franco during the right-wing dictator's last days.

"I think that in this profession luck is decisive. It also plays a role in other areas of life," Alexandre said in an interview he granted in 2007.

The actor never married or had children. A wake will be held for him on Wednesday at Madrid's Teatro Espanol before he is cremated at the Spanish capital's Almudena cemetery.

ALEXANDRE, Manuel (Manuel Alexandre Abarca)
Born: 11/11/1917, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 10/12/2010, Slamanca, Castile and Leon, Spain

Manuel Alexandre's westerns - actor:
Zorro the Avenger - 1962 (Abarca)
A Few Bullets More - 1967 (Viejo)
Trinity Sees Red - 1970 (Agustin)
Reurn of El Coyote - 1998 (Julian)

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