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Manuel Alexandre

Manuel Alexandre was born in Madrid in the neighbourhood of La Paloma. He started studying Technical Architecture and Law but dropped out to join the Royal Conservatory of Dramatic Art, while he earned some money as a plumber. In 1936, the Spanish Civil War interrupted his attempt at studying journalism and in the mid 40's he began his acting career with several companies, such as: Társila Criado, Jesús Tordesillas, or Eslava, before joining the Spanish Teather Company.

In 1947, he played his first role in the film Dos cuentos para dos. In the 1950's, he developed a close professional and personal relationship with film Directors such as Luis García Berlanga (Bienvenido Mr. Marshall, Calabuch, El Verdugo, Plácido, Los jueves milagro, Tamaño Natural, Todos a la cárcel), Juan Antonio Bardem (Cómicos, Muerte de un ciclista, Calle Mayor), Fernando Fernán Gómez (Manicomio, El malvado Carabel, El Mensaje, La vida por delante, Sólo para hombres, Pesadilla para un rico), or José María Forqué (Atraco a las tres, La noche y el alba).

Mr. Alexandre has always combined his work in televisión - since his debut in Escuela de maridos, his continued success in Estudio 1, or his work in the famous Maestros or Los ladrones van a la oficina - with some of the most relevant plays of the last 30 years, such as Luces de Bohemia, Madre Coraje y sus hijos or Tres hombres y un destino.

Manuel Alexandre's filmography includes over 300 titles and he is considered one of the best supporting actors in Spanish cinema. He enjoys getting together with his friends, literature and art. Mr. Alexandre has received many well deserved awards including the Gold Medal in recognition of his work as an actor (2004), preceded by the Pepe Isbert Award (1993), the Actors' Guild Award (1994), Best Actor Award at the Gijón International Film Festival in 1996 (El Ángel de la guarda) or the Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the Spanish Film Academy in 2003.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Manuel Alexandre Facts

Birth NameManuel Alexandre Abarca
BirthdayNovember 11, 1917
BirthplaceMadrid, Spain
Date of deathOctober 12, 2010 (Madrid, Spain, age 92)

Selected Filmography

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