Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy 80th Birthday Jarque Zurbano

Francisco Jarque González Zurbano was born in Spain on April, 23, 1933. He became a noted character actor in major Spanish films. He came to the attention of Ignacio F. Iquino, after occasional roles in films by Berlanga, Vicente Aranda and Antoni Ribas. He signed a contract with Iquino stipulating that, in addition to acting on screen, he would also serve as a voice dubber and perform in the filmmaker’s cabaret in Castelldefels, Barcelona. He was never required to fulfill the cabaret duty but he did appear in Iquino’s films, as well as do voice-overs for them. Other than voicing himself, he also supplied the voice of Chris Huerta in “The Fabulous Trinity” (1972), in which he was given billing although he was never seen in the film itself. In the same film, he also dubbed in the voice of César Ojínaga who by coincidence was in a scene with Ricardo Palacios, who was dubbed by Ojínaga.

Jarque was usually seen in small supporting and character roles such as that of the mild-mannered coach driver in Juan Bosch’s “Dig Your Grave Friend, Sabata’s Coming” (1971) an Iquino production. He also appeared in “Too Much Gold for One Gringo” (1972) where he played the weak sheriff. In all Zurbano appeared in a total of five Euro-westerns.

In the late 1970s, the plump, balding Jarque started appearing in prestige Spanish productions and remained steadily employed until, for whatever reason, he ceased to make films around the turn of the century. – Nzoog Wahrfhehen

Today we celebrate Jarque Zurbano’s 80th birthday.

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