Sunday, March 18, 2012

RIP Francisco Valladares

The actor Francisco Valladares, who died Saturday March 17, 2012 in Madrid at age 76 as a result of leukemia, was a leading man of perfect diction. He lent his voice to great actors such as Robert Redford, Richard Burton, Alain Delon and Clint Eastwood and, above all, was the "soul mate" of poets such as Miguel Hernandez, who sublimated.

With a voice from "himself" with which he was born and with training and a taste for the classics when he was very young in Seville he appeared in over sixty films and also theater and television.

Valladares had suffered with leukemia for four years recovered in 2010 and returned to work at 70 in 1989’s,”Terrible Obsession”. During the filming of “Terrible Obsession” he worked with a young actor, Arsenio Leon, who became ill with leukemia and he would see him every day at the Gregorio Maranon hospital, where he was treated. The boy, whom he regarded as the son never had died later, in 2008, Valladares, suffered a heart attack in 1998, and then became ill with leukemia

The actor, a favorite son of Seville, studied elocution and began his career at 14 years of age doing children's theater and continued in the Spanish Theater University (TEU) and table of actors of the National Radio of Spain.

In 1956 he became a voice dubber for TVE and was the  voice of actors like Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford. But he, according to Fernandez Montesinos, he was "a complete player, a humanist and a Renaissance artist," who liked to dub, but also enjoyed, singing and acting and, especially, recite the verse of poets such as Federico Garcia Lorca and Miguel Hernández, his "soul mate".

But that was not what made him "immensely popular", it was in television programs which he made for many years alongside his "woman," Maria Teresa Campos.

One of the things he was proudest of was his participation in symphony concerts because, he said, it was "unreal" as if transported to a different time and place. He was "Oedipus Rex" with the RTVE Orchestra, but he remembered especially the first , he did in the Palace of Music directed by Hans von Benda with, Irene Gutierrez Caba.

Two years ago, Valladares, who made 2,500 performances of "On the street of Alcala" and 2,300 for "Mom I want to be an artist", released a CD collection of classics reciting, as Miguel Hernández and Rafael de Leon, although he had already published years before "Verses of the earth", with Manuel Dicenta and Nuria Espert.

VALLADARES, Francisco (Francisco Valladares Barragán) 
Born: 8/20/1935, Pilas, Seville, Andalucía, Spain
Died: 3/17/2002, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Francisco Valladares's westerns - voice dubber:
4 Bullets for Joe - 1963 [Spanish voice of Fernando Montes]
Charge of the Seventh – 1964 [Spanish voice of Edmund Purdom]
Four Bullets for Joe – 1964 [Spanish voice of Fernando Montes]
Finger on the Trigger - 1965 [Spanish voice of Antonio Moino Rojo]
Johnny West – 1965 [Spanish voice of Mimmo Palmara]
Shoot to Kill – 1965 [Spanish voice of Edmund Purdom]
The Avenger – 1966 [Spanish voice of Hugo Blanco]
Django Does Not Forgive – 1966 [Spanish voice of Hugo Blanco]
The Fury of Johnny Kid - 1966 [Spanish voice of Arthur Grant]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [Spanish voice of Clint Eastwood]
Mutiny at Fort Sharp – 1966 [Spanish voice of Umberto Ceriani]
Django Kill – 1967 [Spanish voice of Tomás Milián]
Dynamite Joe – 1967 [Spanish voice of Rik Van Nutter]
Face to Face - 1967 [Spanish voice of Gian Maria Volonté]
The Rattler Kid – 1967 [Spanish voice of Brad Harris]
Two Crosses at Danger Pass – 1967 [Spanish voice of Mario Novelli]
Blood and Guns – 1968 [Spanish voice of John Steiner]
Run, Man, Run – 1968 [Spanish voice of Luciano Rossi]
The Price of Power – 1969 [Spanish voice of Warren Venders]
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid – 1969 [Spanish voice of Luis Barboo]
Awkward Hands – 1970 [Spanish voice of Manuel de Blas]
The Grand Duel - 1972 [Spanish voice of Marc Mazza]

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