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Born: September 27, 1936, Madrid
Died: August 08, 2012 (age 75), Madrid
Biography: Sancho Gracia was a Spanish motion picture and television actor. Gracia was born and died in Madrid. He started his acting career in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he lived from 1947 until 1961. In Montevideo he was a student of Margarita Xirgu. He made his movie acting debut in France in the 1963... MORE
Biography: Sancho Gracia was a Spanish motion picture and television actor. Gracia was born and died in Madrid. He started his acting career in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he lived from 1947 until 1961. In Montevideo he was a student of Margarita Xirgu. He made his movie acting debut in France in the 1963 film L'Autre femme opposite Annie Girardot. Since then he has appeared in more than eighty motion pictures including several Hollywood productions during the 1970s and in 1999's Outlaw Justice with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. As well, Gracia has worked in Australia, performing as a regular cast member in the 1982 television series, Runaway Island and in the 1991 made-for-TV film, Pirates Island. He also participated in the Oscar-nominated Mexican film El Crimen del Padre Amaro in 2002. In 2003, he was nominated for the Goya Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 2002 film, 800 balas. In addition to motion pictures, Sancho Gracia made more than sixty guest appearances on Spanish television shows. He became famous in Spain for interpreting the role of Curro Jiménez, in the TV show of the same name, that was broadcast by TVE from 1976 to 1979, being rebroadcast several times since then. LESS
El crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) is a 2002 Mexican/Spanish film directed by Carlos Carrera. It is loosely based on the novel O Crime do Padre Amaro (1875) by 19th-century Portuguese writer José Maria Eça de Queiroz. When it was first released, El Crimen del Padre Amaro was very controversial; Roman Catholic groups in Mexico tried to stop the film from being screened. They failed, and the film became the biggest box office draw ever in the country, beating previous record holder, Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999). The film starred Sancho Gracia, Aishwarya Rai and Gael García Bernal and premiered on 16 August 2002 in Mexico City.
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