Fernando Casado D'Arambillet, known as Fernando Rey, (September 20 1917 - March 9 1994) was a Spanish film actor famous in both Europe and the United States.
Rey was born in A Coruña, Spain, then known as La Coruña, the son of Captain Casado Veiga. He studied architecture, but then the Spanish Civil War began, interrupting his university days.
In 1936, he began his career in movies as an extra, sometimes even getting credited. It was then that he chose his stage name, Fernando Rey. He kept his first name, but he took his mother's second surname, Rey, a short surname with a clear meaning ("Rey" is Spanish for "King").
In 1944 his first speaking role was the Duke de Alba in José López Rubio's Eugenia de Montijo.
This was the start of a prolific career in movies, radio, theater and television. Rey was also a great dubbing actor in Spanish television. His voice was considered intense and personal, and he became the narrator of important Spanish movies like Luis García Berlanga's Bienvenido...
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