Tuesday, October 12, 2010

RIP Manuel Alexandre

Spanish actor Manuel Alexandre dead at 92

Spanish actor Manuel Alexandre, who appeared in over 300 movies in secondary roles in a career spanning over seven decades, died of cancer Tuesday at a Madrid hospital, his family said. He was 92.

Regarded as one of the last representatives of a golden age in Spanish cinema, he appeared in many famous comedies including "Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall" ("Welcome Mr. Marshall") in 1953 and "Amanece, Que no es poco" ("Dawn Breaks, Which Is A Lot") in 1988.

He also made a name for himself in theatre and television. His last major role was in the 2008 television mini-series "20-N" where he played Francisco Franco during the right-wing dictator's last days.

"I think that in this profession luck is decisive. It also plays a role in other areas of life," Alexandre said in an interview he granted in 2007.

The actor never married or had children. A wake will be held for him on Wednesday at Madrid's Teatro Espanol before he is cremated at the Spanish capital's Almudena cemetery.

Manuel Alexandre appeared in four Euro-westeerns: "Zorro the Avenger" (1962), "A Few Bullets More" (1967), "Trinity Sees Red" (1970), "Return of El Coyote" (1998).

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