Esteban Rafael Hernández Herrero was born on August 3, 1928 in Madrid, Spain. Before he became an actor he was a bike patrol officer for the Madrid Municipal Police. As Rafael Hernández he debuted in the cinema in 1956 with the film “Manolo”, playing a traffic cop. As a result of this role he was introduced to the world of film. He continued to keep his job with the police department while appearing in small parts, with his peculiar voice, his man-of-the-street appearance and his perennial moustache, he would go on to appear in almost 200 films, mostly in Spanish movies but also in some English language international films, like “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962).
Hernández appeared in 21 Euro-westerns from “Relevo para un pistolero” (1964) to “Cut Throats Nine” (1972). In the mid-1980’s Rafael turned to working in television. His last appearance was in the 1994 Spanish TV series “Villarriba y Villabajo”. Rafael died on November 7, 1997 in Madrid, Spain.
Today we remember one of the most prolific Spaghetti western actors, Rafael Hernández on what would have been his 85th birthday.