Fernando Rey

Dapper, durable international star, a leading man in his native Spain who played prominent roles in a wide variety of European and American features. An architecture student when the Spanish Civil War broke out, Rey saw ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1917 in Spain


Actor (95)

That Obscure Object of Desire 2001 (Movie)

Mathieu (Actor)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 2000 (Movie)

Rafael Acosta, Ambassador of Miranda (Actor)

A Breath of Life 1993 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Madregilda 1993 (Movie)


The Other Side of the Tunnel 1993 (Movie)


Welcome Mr. Marshall 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise 1992 (Movie)

Friar Marchena (Actor)

Atlantide 1992 (Movie)

Father Mauritius (Actor)

El Bosque Animado 1992 (Movie)

Mr d'Abondo (Actor)

Mi General 1992 (Movie)

Comesana (Actor)

Despues del Sueno 1991 (Movie)

Ramiro Lanza (Actor)

El Quijote - Part 1 1991 (Movie)

Don Quixote (Actor)

El Quijote - Part 2 1991 (Movie)

Don Quixote (Actor)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

Judge Torres (Actor)

Captain Cook 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


La Batalla de los Tres Reyes 1990 (Movie)

Pope (Actor)

The Betrothed 1990 (Movie)


Hard to Be a God 1989 (Movie)


Bearn 1988 (Movie)

Don Antonio (Actor)

Diario de Invierno 1988 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

El Tunel 1988 (Movie)

Allende (Actor)

Le Grand embouteillage 1988 (Movie)


Les Predateurs de la nuit 1988 (Movie)


Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Alejandro (Actor)

El Aire de un Crimen 1987 (Movie)


Esmeralda Bay 1987 (Movie)


Padre Nuestro 1987 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

Pasodoble 1987 (Movie)

Don Nuno (Actor)

El Caballero del Dragon 1986 (Movie)

Fray Lupo (Actor)

Hotel du Paradis 1986 (Movie)

Joseph Goldman (Actor)

Saving Grace 1986 (Movie)

Cardinal Stefano Biondi (Actor)

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Black Arrow 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

Railroad Colonel (Actor)

The Hit 1983 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Una Strana Passione 1983 (Movie)

Piachi (Actor)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

Cardinal Santoni (Actor)

Nicole ou l'enfant trouve 1982 (Movie)


Caboblanco 1981 (Movie)

Treredo (Actor)

Cercasi Gesu 1981 (Movie)


La Straniera 1981 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

Vera Storia Della Signora Delle Camelie 1981 (Movie)

Count Stechelberg (Actor)

Quintet 1979 (Movie)

Grigor (Actor)

The Crime of Cuenca 1978 (Movie)

Congressman Contreras (Actor)

Le Dernier Amant Romantique 1977 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Uppdraget 1977 (Movie)

Bidarra (Actor)

Cadaveri Eccellenti 1976 (Movie)

Minister of Justice (Actor)

El Segundo Poder 1976 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

Elisa, Vida Mia 1976 (Movie)


Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

President Bru of Cuba (Actor)

A Matter of Time 1975 (Movie)

Charles Van Maar (Actor)

The French Connection II 1975 (Movie)

Alain Charnier (Actor)

Fatti di Gente Perbene 1974 (Movie)

Augusto Murri (Actor)

Seven Beauties 1974 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

Corruzione al Palazzo di Giustizia 1973 (Movie)

Vanini (Actor)

Dites-Le avec des fleurs 1973 (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)

La Femme aux Bottes Rouges 1973 (Movie)

Perrot (Actor)

La Chute D'Un Corps 1972 (Movie)

Mage (Actor)

Questa Specie d'Amore 1972 (Movie)

Giovanna's Father (Actor)

Cold Eyes of Fear 1971 (Movie)

Juez Flower (Actor)

La Duda 1971 (Movie)

Don Rodrigo (Actor)

The French Connection 1971 (Movie)

Alain Charnier (Actor)

The Light at the Edge of the World 1971 (Movie)

Lighthouse Keeper (Actor)

A Town Called Hell 1970 (Movie)

Old Blind Farmer (Actor)

Bianco, Rosso e... 1970 (Movie)

Chief Physician (Actor)

Tristana 1970 (Movie)

Don Lope (Actor)

Antony and Cleopatra 1969 (Movie)

Lepidus (Actor)

Guns of the Magnificent Seven 1969 (Movie)

Quintero (Actor)

La Colera Del Viento 1969 (Movie)

Feature (Actor)

Land Raiders 1969 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Cervantes 1968 (Movie)

Philip II (Actor)

Villa Rides 1968 (Movie)

Colonel Fuentes (Actor)

Chimes at Midnight 1967 (Movie)

Northumberland (Actor)

Une Histoire Immortelle 1967 (Movie)

Merchant in Street (Actor)

Return of the Seven 1966 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

The Viscount 1966 (Movie)

Marco Demoygne (Actor)

Backfire 1965 (Movie)


El Greco 1965 (Movie)

King Philip II (Actor)

Navajo Joe 1965 (Movie)

Rattigan (Actor)

Son of a Gunfighter 1965 (Movie)

Don Fortuna (Actor)

The Castilian 1963 (Movie)

King of Leon--Ramiro III (Actor)

The Ceremony 1963 (Movie)

Sanchez (Actor)

The Running Man 1963 (Movie)

Police Official (Actor)

The Revolt of the Slaves 1960 (Movie)

Valerio (Actor)

Viridiana 1960 (Movie)

Don Jaime (Actor)

The Vengeance 1957 (Movie)

Forastero (Actor)

Marcelino 1955 (Movie)

Brother Moderno (Actor)

Black Arrow (Movie)

Earl of Warwick (Actor)

Don Quijote de la Mancha (Movie)

Sanson Carrasco (Actor)

Insanity (Movie)


Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)


Mare Nostrum (Movie)

Ulises (Actor)

Origins of the Mafia (TV Show)


Scheherazade (Movie)


The Savage Guns (Movie)

Don Hernan (Actor)


Dapper, durable international star, a leading man in his native Spain who played prominent roles in a wide variety of European and American features. An architecture student when the Spanish Civil War broke out, Rey saw his father, who fought for the Loyalists against Franco, sentenced to death (the sentence was later suspended). He also saw his family's wealth dwindle away and then became involved with the fighting as well. Needing money, Rey drifted into film work as an extra and kept busy dubbing voices from foreign films into Spanish, in several films as the voice of Laurence Olivier. Getting acting roles in the mid-1940s, the actor enjoyed success the following decade, performing for such leading Spanish directors as Juan Antonio Bardem and Luis Berlanga.


general who fought with the Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War sentenced to death at end of war, but sentence later suspended

maiden name was Rey

mother Mabel Karr married to international soccer star

Mabel Karr

married c. 1960 Argentinian

Fernando Rey

mother Mabel Karr


Madrid School of Architecture

left after several years to fight on the Loyalist side in Civil War



Last film, "Al Otro Lado del Tunel/At the Other End of the Tunnel"


Starred as Don Quixote in a prestigious, made for Spanish TV series which was also released theatrically as "El Quijote, Parts 1 and 2"


Last major U.S. TV work, playing Sir Edward Hawk on the TNT historical miniseries, "Captain Cook"


Played Seneca on the TV miniseries sequel to "Jesus of Nazareth", "A.D." (Rey's role in this miniseries was unrelated to the one he played in the earlier program)


Last film with Bunuel, "That Obscure Object of Desire"


Played Gaspar on the TV miniseries, "Jesus of Nazareth"


Played best-known English-language film role, that of druglord Alain Charnier in "The French Connection"


First film with director Luis Bunuel, "Viridiana"


Acted in the US Production, "The Siege"


Film acting debut in "Eugenia de Montijo"

Began appearing on stage at the prestigious Teatro Espanol

After Spanish Civil War entered movies as extra (first appearance: as an Englishman in "The Four Robinsons") and voice-over dubber of foreign films (e.g. He dubbed Laurence Olivier's voice for both "Hamlet" and "Richard III" as well as voices for Humphrey

Bonus Trivia


He was awarded a Fine Arts Gold Medal by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1982.


He was knighted of Arts and Letters Awarded in 1986.


He was president of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences in his later years.