Emilio Fernández (I) (1904–1986)

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Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez Romo is the most famous person in the history of Mexican movies. For an era he symbolized Mexico due to his violent machismo, rooted in the Revolution of 1910-17, and because of his staunch commitment to Mexican cultural nationalism. Born to a Mexican (Mestizo) father and a Native American Kickapoo mother, Emilio was ... See full bio »

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The Wild Bunch Mapache
The Pearl Writer
Enamorada Writer
Hidden River Writer


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 1986 Ahora mis pistolas hablan (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1986 El secuestro de Lola
Commander Prieto (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1986 Lovers of the Lord of the Night
Don Venustiano
 1985 Cuando corrio el alazan (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1985 Lola the Truck Driving Woman
Leoncio's Bodyguard (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernandez)
 1985 Treasure of the Amazon
Tacho / Paco (as Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez)
 1984 La traición (TV Series)
Gral. Arcadio Carvajal
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Gral. Arcadio Carvajal (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Gral. Arcadio Carvajal (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Gral. Arcadio Carvajal (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1984 Under the Volcano
Diosdado (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1983 Mercenaries of Death
Maestro tata
 1980 Las cabareteras (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1979 Erótica
 1976 Pink Zone
 1976 Columbo (TV Series)
- A Matter of Honor (1976) ... Miguel (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1975 El indio Pluma Roja (Short) (as Indio Fernández)
 1975 Political Asylum
Police Director
 1975 Lucky Lady
 1975 Breakout
J.V. (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
El Jefe (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
- The Brujo (1973) ... Carlos (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Paco (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1972 Nest of Virgins
Anacleto Morones
 1972 Indio
 1971 La sangre enemiga
Juan (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernandez)
 1971 La chamuscada (Tierra y libertad)
Coronel Margarito Herrero (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1970 The Phantom Gunslinger
 1969 Duelo en El Dorado
Indio Romo
 1969 The Wild Bunch
Mapache (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1968 The Smugglers (TV Movie)
Inspector Cesare Brunelli (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1968 El caudillo
 1967 El silencioso
Emilio Segura
 1967 A Faithful Soldier of Pancho Villa
Aurelio Pérez
 1967 The War Wagon
Calita (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1967 A Covenant with Death
 1966 Return of the Seven
Lorca (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1966 Los malvados
El coyote
 1966 The Appaloosa
Lazaro (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1966 Duelo de pistoleros
Pancho Romero (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1966 La recta final
Don Lucio
 1965 The Reward
Sgt. Lopez (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1964 Los hermanos Muerte
Marcos Zermeño
 1964 Yo, el valiente (as Emilio 'Indio' Fernández)
 1964 The Night of the Iguana
Barkeeper (uncredited)
 1964 El revólver sangriento
Félix Gómez
 1963 Paloma herida
Danilo Zata
 1962 La bandida
Epigmenio Gómez
 1962 Little Village
Coronel (uncredited)
 1961 My Son, the Hero
Pascual Velasco
 1959 The Soldiers of Pancho Villa
Coronel Antonio Zeta
 1943 Wild Flower
Rogelio Torres
 1941 Rancho Alegre
 1941 El Zorro de Jalisco
 1940 El charro Negro
Emilio Gómez
 1940 Los de abajo
 1940 El fanfarrón: ¡Aquí llegó el valentón!
Aguilucho (Juan José)
 1939 With Villa's Veterans
Mayor El Indio Fernández
 1939 Juan sin miedo
 1937 Good-Bye Nicanor
 1937 Rebel Souls
 1937 Las mujeres mandan
 1937 The Four Corn Patches
Andrés (el madrugador)
 1937 The Imposter
 1937 The Super Madman
 1936 La cucaracha mexicana (Short)
 1936 Out on the Big Ranch
 1936/II Marihuana
El Indio
 1936 María Elena
Bailarín de La Bamba
 1936 Celos
 1935 Mexicana (Short)
 1935 Janitzio
 1935 Tribu
 1934 Cruz Diablo
Toparca, bandolero
 1934 Heart of a Bandit
 1934 La buenaventura
 1933 Flying Down to Rio
Dancer (uncredited)
 1933 Laughing at Life
Revolutionary (uncredited)
 1932 The Western Code
Indian Joe (as Emilio Fernandez)
 1931 The Sunrise Trail
Pancho (uncredited)
 1930 Headin' North
Mexican Gambler (uncredited)
 1930 The Land of Missing Men
Lopez - aka Black Coyote
 1930 The Oklahoma Cyclone
Pancho Gomez (uncredited)
 1928 El destino
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Alternate Names:

Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez | Emilio 'Indio' Fernandez | Emilio Fernandez | Emilio 'Indio' Fernández | Indio Fernández


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Columba Domínguez  (divorced)  (1 child)

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He was the model for the Oscar statuette. Cedric Gibbons, MGM's art director who was an original Academy member, was tasked with creating the trophy. In need of a model for his statuette, Gibbons was introduced by his future wife, Dolores del Rio, to Fernández. Reportedly, he had to be persuaded to pose nude. See more »


Frequently casts Pedro Armendariz, Dolores Del Río and María Felix


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