Thursday, September 14, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Carlos Ballesteros

 [These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Carlos Ballesteros was born on December 31, 1935, in Zaragoza, Aragon Spain. He studied philosophy and literature in college, but soon found his passion for the stage which led him to abandon his studies and join the Spanish University Theatre, where he participated in productions such as "Six Characters in Search of an Author" by Pirandelo and "Life is a Dream" by Calderon de la Barca. From 1957 until the beginning of the last decade he appeared in over a hundred plays by national and international authors such as Calderón, Zorrilla, Buero Vallejo, Lope de Vega, Cervantes, Valle-Inclan, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Wilde, Strinberg, Molière, Steinbeck, Poe and Aeschylus, among others.

In 1962 the actor began his film career at the hands of José María Forqué, in "Accidente 703". He followed up with twenty more films, among them "Tatuaje" by Bigas Luna, "La espada Negra" by Francisco Rovira Beleta, "Nunca en horas de clase" José Antonio de la Loma and "Locas vacaciones" by Hubert Frank. On the small screen he took part in the legendary ‘Studio 1’ and ‘Stories to Keep You Awake’ TV series and most recently guested in the popular series ‘Médico de familia’ in which he played Nicholas, father of Emilio Aragón.

In 2000 he retired after participating in "La malquerida" by Jacinto Benavente. Besides being an actor, Ballesteros was also a cartoonist in the magazines La codorniz, and Primer planc. His humor was subject to literary forays, in 2007 he published the novel Para cuando se canse de leer, and also wrote several plays which were adapted for the stage such as "Dracula". The multifaceted artist assumed the leadership of the Municipal School of Classical Theatre of Madrid suburb of Navan, where he lived for some time.

Carlos Ballesteros died of cancer in Madrid, Madrid, Spain on September 4, 2011. He was 75

Ballesteros appeared in two Euro-westerns: "The Black Wolf" as the colonel and "Revenge of the Black Wolf" as the governor (both 1980).

BALLESTEROS, Carlos (aka C. Ballesteros) [12/31/1935, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain – 9/4/2011, Móstoles, Madrid, Spain (liver cancer)] – director, writer, playwright, film, TV actor.

The Black Wolf – 1980 (colonel)

Revenge of the Black Wolf – 1981 (governor)

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