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Alfredo Mayo Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died in Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Birth NameAlfredo Fernández Martínez
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (2)

He entered the theater company of Ernesto Vilches being 18 years old. His debut in cinema was in 1935. During the spanish civil war he was air force liutenant. He did theater and TV.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Miguel A. Andrade

Alfredo Mayo was born Alfredo Fernández Martínez in Barcelona in 1911, where his parents had been married. The family soon moved to Madrid and then to León where his father had been born. He started studying Medicine but after 3 years left it for a theatrical career, entering Ernesto Vilches company still in his teens. In his 20s he made his first films, El ciento trece (1935) (Rafael Sevilla, 1935) and Las tres gracias (1936) (Leitao de Barros, 1936). Then the Spanish Civil War broke out and he opted for the National side, becoming a flight lieutenant, in a real life prologue to his military roles in many pictures, for which he would become famous.

Tall enough, handsome and with screen presence he soon became one of the leading men of postwar Spanish pictures. He often played military roles with a strong national feeling ready to die for his country, most favored by Franco's regime : ¡Harka! (1941) (Carlos Arévalo), Escuadrilla (1941) (Antonio Román), ¡A mí la legión! (1942) (Juan de Orduña) and specially Raza (1942) (José Luis Sáenz de Heredia). He also played comedies and historical dramas such as Sarasate (1941) (Richard Busch), Deliciosamente tontos (1943) (Juan de Orduña), El marqués de Salamanca (1948) (Edgar Neville) or The Lioness of Castille (1951) (Juan de Orduña). He was often paired with Amparito Rivelles; in fact they became engaged and were about to marry. He also played theatre during these years.

In the sixties he appeared in The Hunt (1966) (Carlos Saura), an allegorical film covertly criticizing Franco's regime and the Civil War conflict. Later on he would often play TV along with movies and documentaries, adapting to the political and ideological changes following Franco's death in the 70s : National Heritage (1981) (Luis García Berlanga) and Hablamos esta noche (1982) (Pilar Miró) being two examples. He died in 1985 in Mallorca after suffering a heart attack during the filming of a TV series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: BSK

Spouse (1)

Amparo Zavala (1946 - 1985) ( his death)

Trivia (3)

Ironically enough for someone whose screen name was Mayo (Spanish for May), both his birth and death happened... in May.
Alfredo Mayo was 5' 10" (1,78 m) tall, according to an article published in the ABC newspaper on April 2, 1972, page 137.
In 1942 Alfredo Mayo, aged 31, and "Malvaloca" costar 17-year-old Amparito Rivelles became engaged and were about to marry. Amparito's mother, actress María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara, was firmly against it. Only 5 days before the wedding Amparo decided not to go on. " I've followed my mother's advice and I won't be married so young", she declared. "Furthermore, Alfredo is such a handsome man that I would be always jealous beside him. He has been my first and only official boyfriend, but the wedding has been suspended five days before it takes place. And I don't regret it".

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