Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remembering José Guardiola

José García Guardiola was born on December 7, 1921 in Jumilla, Murcia, Spain. José became one of the most important figures in the field of Spanish film dubbing, while speaking in dozens of films, some of which are true icons of Spanish cinema, such as “Surcos”,” Sierra Maldita” and “Los santos inocentes”. He dubbed mainly hard cases, roles of tough men and villains, making the "Bad" more believable than what was written in the script.  He was the Spanish voice of a multitude of characters: bandits, gunmen, criminals etc. He was also a film actor with over forty film credits with such famous directors as Luis Garcia Berlanga, Mariano Camus, Antonio del Amo, and José Antonio, León Klimovsky Nieves Conde, and made films in different countries, such as Spain, Egypt, Italy, France, Morocco and Algeria He met and worked with major actors such as Paco Rabal, Carmen Sevilla, Manolo Escobar and Alfredo Landa, while he put his voice at the service of other very famous performers such as Anthony Quinn, Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Charlton Heston, among other. Guardiola appeared in six Euro-westerns such as “Massacre at Fort Grant” (1965) to “A Bullet for Sandoval” (1969) and did countless Spanish dubbings for Euro-westerns released in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. José died on May 10, 1988 in Madrid, Spain of a heart attack. Today we remember José García Guardiola on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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