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Rey in THE DISCREET
CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE.
About Fernando Rey (1917 – 1994)
Fernando Rey was born on September 20, 1917 in A Coruna, Galicia, Spain. Fernando Rey's birth name was Fernando Casado Arambille.
In 1957, he married the love of his life, actress MAbel Karr, and they had two children: Fernando Jr. and Mabel. They were together until 1994, a life-long marriage.
Fernando Rey was the first Spanish actor who gained international fame. An award wining actor, he appeared in 237 film and television projects. From 1992-1994 Fernando Rey was the President of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Fernando studied at Madrid's School of Architecture before joining his father, a Republican Army officer, in battle during the Spanish Civil War, fighting on the side of the Republic, against Gen. Francisco Franco's rebellion. His father remained loyal to the Republic, and was thrown in jail when Gen. Francisco Franco won, and given the death penalty. While his father's death sentence was later suspended, the family still lost their wealth, and Fernando wasn't able to return to school.
Instead, Fernando Rey started what was to be his long acting career in films out of necessity. He found employment among Spanish film makers; getting his foot in the door doing uncredited roles and extra work for the first few years. He also was hired to dub voices of stars like Tyrone Power and Laurence Olivier into Spanish.
Fernando's first credited small supporting speaking part was portraying the character, Duque de Alba in the Spanish film, EUGENIA DE MONTIJO. This 1944 film was awarded Best Picture of the year by National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain, in 1945.
The year of !945 was a good year for Fernando as well. Fernando landed more credited supporting roles in three films:"Tierra sedienta," "Los últimos de Filipinas," AND "Estaba escrito."
In 1947, Fernando Ray won a Cinema Writer Circle Spain Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1946 film, THE PRODIGAL WOMAN, that also won Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction.
Fernando Rey moved to become third billing in promotion for the 1947 film, "Don Quijote de la Mancha," cast as the character, Sansón Carrasco.
Fernando would be involved in two other productions of this story, late in his career, and toward the end of his life. Fernando Ray played the lead, Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA; El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes:(TV Mini- Series;(1991). In 1992, he was the closing scene narrator, in Orson Welle's 1992 film, DON QUIXOTE.
Fernando Rey had worked with director Orson Welles in CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT  and THE IMMORTAL STORY .
Fernando is best known to American audiences from the Oscar-winning thriller THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) and THE FRENCH CONNECTION II, in which he played a drug king, by the name of Charnier, "Frog One".
He played in many of Luis Bunuel's films, including VIRIDIANA (1961). TRISTIANA , THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOSIE  AND THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE .
Fernando won a Best Actor Award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the film, "Elisa, vida mía."
During the 1980s' AND 1990s', Fernando continued to be honored with awards. In 1988, he won Best Actor for his performances in Diario de invierno, and El aire de un crimen (1988) at the San Sebastián International film Festival. Fernando was presented with the gold medal of the Spanish Art and Movie Sciences Academy.
Fernando Rey passed away on March 9, 1994, in Madrid, Spain, from bladder cancer. Posthumously, Fernando Rey was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, by TP de Oro, Spain in 1995, and it was accepted by his family members.
Fernando Rey's notable movie credits include...
ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE TUNNEL (1994)
L' ATLANTIDE (1992)
LA MARRANA (1992)
AFTER THE DREAM (1992)
1492: THE CONQUEST OF PARADISE (1992)
DON QUIXOTE (1992)
NAKED TANGO (1991)
MOON OVER PARADOR (1988)
SAVING GRACE (1985)
THE HIT (1984)
"Elisa, Vida Mia"(1977)
THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977)
FRENCH CONNECTION II (1975)
SEVEN BEAUTIES (1975)
DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOSIE 
THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
HE IMMORTAL STORY .
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT 
THE NIGHT HEAVEN FELL (1958)
Fernando Rey (left) in THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971).
Fernando Rey in THE DISCREET
CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE.
Fernando Rey in THE FRENCH CONNECTION II (1975).