Alfonso Arau

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Better recognized as an actor by American moviegoers for essaying funny, vaguely menacing, sometimes self-aware Latino stereotypes, Alfonso Arau crafted an even more auspicious body of work as one of Mexico's most ... Read more »
Born: 01/11/1932 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (18)

I Heart Shakey 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dead One 2007 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Committed 2000 (Movie)

Grampy (Actor)

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Dr Amado (Actor)

El Camino Largo a Tijuana 1988 (Movie)

Chino (Actor)

Walker 1987 (Movie)

Raousset (Actor)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

El Guapo (Actor)

Romancing the Stone 1984 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

El Dia Que Murio Pedro Infante 1983 (Movie)

Anselmo (Actor)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Manuel (Actor)

Posse 1975 (Movie)

Peppe (Actor)

Calzonzin Inspector 1974 (Movie)

Calzonzin (Actor)

Tivoli 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

El Rincon de las Virgenes 1971 (Movie)

Lucas Lucatero (Actor)

Scandalous John 1971 (Movie)

Paco (Actor)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

Herrera (Actor)

Stones For Ibarra (TV Show)

Actor
Director (14)

Chido Guan 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Trick in the Light 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

L' imbroglio nel lenzuolo 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Zapata: El Sueno del Heroe 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

John Grisham's A Painted House 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

The Magnificent Ambersons 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Barefoot Eagle 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Like Water for Chocolate 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Mojado Power 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Calzonzin Inspector 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

A Painted House (Movie)

(Director)

Catch a Falling Star (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Zapata: El Sueno del Heroe 2004 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Calzonzin Inspector 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tivoli 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Like Water for Chocolate 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Calzonzin Inspector 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Better recognized as an actor by American moviegoers for essaying funny, vaguely menacing, sometimes self-aware Latino stereotypes, Alfonso Arau crafted an even more auspicious body of work as one of Mexico's most laurel-laden film directors. Starting as a film actor in the 1950s and breaking into television in revolutionary Cuba in the early 1960s, Arau re-immersed himself in the cinema of his native land in the 1970s, collaborating with Mexican film greats Alberto Isaac and Alejandro Jodorowsky and taking up the auteur mantle himself with the comedy "El águila descalza" (1971). He drew greater acclaim for the 1974 subversive comedy "Inspector Calzonzin." The 1980s saw him don some memorable comedic supporting roles in U.S. films, notably an amiable jefe of a drug gang in "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and a hyperbolic desperado in "Three Amigos!" (1986). He established himself in the upper echelon of directors with the multiple-award-winning "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992), based on the novel by his wife Laura Esquivel. The success garnered him work in the U.S. helming the period romance "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995), the oddball ensemble comedy "Picking Up the Pieces" (2000) and the ambitious TV miniseries remake of the "The Magnificent Ambersons" (A&E, 2002). Back in his native country, Arau would helm the surreal, would-be epic "Zapata" (2004) to a storm of controversy. Building a legacy of iconoclastic and mystically-tinged movies, Arau would be credited as a prime catalyst in the re-establishment of a distinctive identity for Mexican film.

Relationships

Laura Esquivel Screenplay

Wife
Married in 1975 Wrote the novel and screenplay of "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992), directed by her husband Divorced

EDUCATION

studied pantomime in France

studied medicine before quitting to study dance and drama

Milestones

2010

Helmed the Italian romantic comedy "L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo"

2004

Wrote and directed "Zapata – El sueño del héroe," a biopic about Mexican Revolution hero Emiliano Zapata; also produced

2002

Helmed the three-hour A&E TV remake of "The Magnificent Ambersons," utilizing Orson Welles' screenplay adaptation; production edited as international theatrical release

2000

Directed the black comedy "Picking Up the Pieces," starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone; film premiered on Cinemax in lieu of theatrical release

1995

Helmed the period romance "A Walk in the Clouds"

1992

Directed and produced the art-house hit "Like Water for Chocolate," adapted by his wife Laura Esquivel from her novel

1986

Cast as notorious bandit El Guapo in the comedy feature "¡Three Amigos!"

1984

Landed a supporting role opposite Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito in the adventure comedy "Romancing the Stone"

1974

Wrote, directed, produced and acted in "Calzonzin Inspector"

1968

Feature acting debut, Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch"

1967

Feature directing debut, "The Bearfoot Eagle"

1964

Toured for four years in a one-man pantomime show "Happy Madness"

Studied medicine before switching to dance and drama

Born and Raised in Mexico City, Mexico

Worked as a professional classical dancer

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