Rafael Bardem Solé was born on January 10, 1889 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain. He began his artistic career at the age of twenty in the troupe Rosario Pino and during the next thirty years he forged a solid career on stage, with such companies as Tallavé, Enrique Borras, Carmen Díaz, María Guerrero and finally his own in the 1940s, which were graced with such actresses as Oblivion Rodríguez, Paquita and Carmen Sánchez Gallego.
He made his film debut in 1941 with the film “Tierra y cielo” directed by Eusebio Fernández Ardavín. It was the first of a long series of titles that earned him hundreds of parts, mostly in supporting roles. Rafael appeared in four Euro-westerns: “The Coyote” (1954), “Judgment of the Coyote” (1955), “Four Bullets for Joe” (1963) and “Seven Guns for the McGregors” (1965).
Rafael was married in 1918 to actress Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, and he is the father of both Juan Antonio [1922-2002] and Pilar Bardem [1939- ], and grandfather of screenwriter Carlos Bardem [1963- ], actress Monica Bardem [1964- ] and actor Javier Bardem [1969- ], who continued the family artistic tradition.
Bardem died on November 6, 1972 in Madrid, Spain.
Today we remember one of the greatest of Spanish actors Rafael Bardem on what would have been his 125th birthday.