José Asunción Martínez Sancho was born on November 11, 1944 in Manises, Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain. Sancho began his career in the theater. His first film role was at the age of four in “Si te hubieses casado conmigo” (1948), directed by Viktor Tourjansky. He became popular thanks to his role as The Student, in the TVE series, ‘Curro Jiménez’ (1977–1978), directed by Pilar Miró, Mario Camus, Antonio Drove, Rafael Romero Marchent, Francisco Rovira Beleta and others.
Almost twenty years after that work, he returned to star in another TV series, ‘Carmen y familia’ (1995), together with Beatriz Carvajal and his former partner in Curro Jiménez, Álvaro de Luna. One year later, he joined up with Rocío Dúrcal in ‘Los negocios de mamá’ (1997), also for television.
Among his many roles in films is his collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar in “Hable con ella” and in “Live Flesh” along with Javier Bardem, where he won the Goya Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 1997.
In 2000 he guest-starred as Don Rafael Alvarado in the syndicated Euro-western TV series ‘Queen of Swords’, who is murdered in the first episode, "Destiny", causing his daughter Tessa to take up arms as the title character .
His involvement in several films and theatrical activity was significant, but his role of Don Pablo, in the TVE series, ‘Cuéntame’, from 2001 to 2008, brought his greatest popularity and recognition.
During the 1960s José appeared in supporting roles in seven Euro-westerns from “Massacre at Fort Grant” in 1964 to “Vengeance of Pancho Villa in 1967. He was also the voice of Mario Adorf in 1963’s “Apache Fury”.
Sancho died of cance on March 3, 2013 in Valencia, Spain. He was 68.
Today we remember José Sancho on what would have been his 70th birthday
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