Manuel de Blas Muñoz was born on April 12, 1941 in Extremadura, Cáceres Badajoz, Spain. He lived in Córdoba for two years before moving to Madrid where he studied political science. While attending the university he enrolled in the EOC acting school and debuted in a minor role in the film “Rose of Lima” (1961). At first he played mainly villains and other character roles but from the 1980s on he began to appear in more prominent roles and larger and controversial films. Today he has ascended to the top rung of Spanish actors. de Blas appeared in nine Euro-westerns such as, “A Bullet for Sandoval” (1969), “Tha Man Called Noon” (1973), “The Stranger and the Gunfighter” (1974), and “The White, the Yellow and the Black” (1975). Married to actress Patty Shepard [1945- ] since 1967 his latest film is “Day of the Flowers” (2011). Today we celebrate Manuel de Blas’ 70th birthday.