Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday Eduardo Fajardo

Eduardo Fajardo was born on August 14, 1924 in Mosteiro, Pontevedra, Spain. He broke with his family tradition (they devoted themselves to trade) and made his debut in the cinema in 1947. In addition to his good looks, his well-toned voice attracted much attention. He earned his living as a dubbing actor in American films from 1942 to 1946.
He signed a contract with Cifesa for several years and In 1953, he travelled to Mexico, where he carried out an intense activity in the cinema and shortly after in theatre and TV. He returned to Spain in 1956 to film ‘La ciudad no es para mí’. During that period, he worked in many Spanish-Italian co-productions mainly in Euro-western. He often returned to Mexico, his second country, when it was necessary for his work. It had been many years without working in the theatre when in 1985 he reappeared in ‘Cándida’ by Bernard Shaw in Madrid, together with María Dolores Pradera. Also in 1985, he played the main character in ‘Tristeza de amor’, a serial on Spanish TV. He was already a mature actor but without renouncing his title of eternal screen idol many viewers saw him as an efficient actor.
Fajardo became the head of FAAM, the Spanish Actors Guild, and therefore had to approve all the roles performed by Spanish film actors in Spain. He therefore often picked ripe or interesting roles for himself and his close friend Fernando Sancho. Eduardo appeared in over 30 Euro-westerns from “Django” in 1966 to “Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold” in 1984.
When he retired he moved to El Huércal in Almeria, where he has his home. He established himself there because of the climate and his knowledge of the city because of lots of films that were made there. It was here that he met Matías García Fernández, president of the FAAM (Federation of Associations of the Disabled of Almería). Eduardo realized that he still can be helpful for somebody and began to meet and talk to disable people and started a new dedication of life. He founded "Teatro sin barreras", which is a reality today. About twenty people with different disabilities make up this amateur theatre group, doing better and better every year at the same time they develop a love for the theatre under the direction of Fajardo, who despite his age he performs in some short farces. In his leisure time, Eduardo also writes. He has just written ‘La guitarra y el tiempo’, a monologue with which he performed in all the theatres in Andalusia. He will start a new monologue soon and probably his memories as well. He does not give up to his plate collection of all parts of the world either. Boredom and waste of time have no choice in Eduardo’s life and although he is 90 he says he stills has a lot to do.
Today we celebrate on of the great villains and actors of the genre Eduardo Fajardo on his 90th birthday.

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