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Born in Asturias, Spain
Died in Moreda, Asturias, Spain
Birth NameJosé Suárez Sánchez
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

José Lisandro Suárez Sánchez was born in Trubia (Asturias, Spain) on Sept 12th.1919. He was raised in Oviedo until in 1927 the family moved to Logroño.

In 1935 after returning to Asturias his father died and he left school urged to find work. Only 16 when the Spanish Civil War broke out, he entered the Army on the National side, then the Falange. He joined the Legionary Corps (la Legión), and finally volunteered for the División Azul (German infantry division fighting communism) to Russia, returning to Spain in 1943 with a sergeant degree. After the war ended he got a job at the Asturian railways. It was there that a passenger called Gonzalo Delgrás, movie and dubbing director, came upon him and offered him to star in his next film, Altar Mayor (1944). It became a success and the start of a long career. Some of his early films were "Oro y Marfil" (1947), "La Niña de Luzmela" (1949), "Historia de una Escalera" (1950), a secondary role in "Alba de América" (1951) and then came the young policeman in "Brigada Criminal" (1950). This film became sort of a trademark for him, and from then on he would often play police roles and hard-boiled characters becoming his tall, reserved and dark looks. That same year, 1950, he married his Asturian girlfriend María Luisa, they would have a daughter.

He received an award for his role in "Crimen Imposible" (1954) and would be one of the football players in "Once Pares de Botas" (1954). He made "Señora Ama" (1955) with Dolores del Río and then came "Calle Mayor" (1956) with Betsy Blair, maybe his most well known film, for which he would receive the Triunfo award as best actor at the Venice Festival. He would go on playing mostly detective stories, drama, westerns and some comedies in Spanish and European productions.

In 1977 he was elected mayor and local head of the Movimiento (Franco's regime only political party) for Aller, Asturias, and left Madrid for his homeland, buying a house in Moreda where he died after a previous stroke (thrombosis) in 1981. His last role was in 1977 in a popular TV series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: BSK

Spouse (1)

María Luisa Vázquez (27 February 1950 - 6 August 1981) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (1)

The first Spanish actor to portray Zorro when he starred in the film Lawless Mountain (1953). [1953]

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