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Aug 25th FILE PHOTO of<br />
Spanish actor FRANCISCO RABAL(R)  at a presse conference where he was presented a Special Grand Prize of the Americas by the World Film Festival's Vice- President and founder ;DaniËle Cauchard<br />
, August 25th, 20001 in Montreal , Canada.<br />
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Rabal just died on the plane back home<br />
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Born in ¡guilas, Spain in 1925, Francisco Rabal . <br />
In 1950 he won his first real stage roles. Luis BuÒuel saw him in Historias de la radio and decided to cast him in the lead role of his new film to be shot in Mexico, NAZARÕN. This marked the beginning not only of Rabal's international career but also his lifelong friendship and collaboration with BuÒuel - including such masterpieces as VIRIDIANA (1961) and BELLE DU JOUR (1967).<br />
As a result of his performances in BuÒuel's early films, Rabal was sought after by many of the era's top international directors - Antonioni (THE ECLIPSE), Rivette (THE NUN), Visconti (THE WITCHES) - as well as directors of the so-called "new Spanish cinema", in particular Carlos Saura, Miguel Picazo, Antonio Bardem and Jorge Grau. He made his American feature debut in 1977 in William Friedkin's SORCERER and won best actor awards at several festivals, including Cannes 1984 for his role in Mario Camus's THE HOLY INNOCENTS (!984) and the Montreal World Film Festival for his performance in Alain Tanner's THE MAN WHO LOST HIS SHADOW (1991).<br />
Rabal remained very active through the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in films by Pedro AlmÛdvar, Saura, Eliseo Subiela and Arturo Ripstein. In 1999 he played the title role in Saura's GOYA IN BORDEAUX shown at the 1999 Montreal Festival, a performance which won international critical acclaim.<br />
Rabal's cinematic heritage continues in the persons of his actress-daughter Teresa Rabal, director-son Benito Rabal and actor-grandson Liberto Rabal.<br />
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Photo by Pierre Roussel / Getty Images News Service (ON SPEC)<br />
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Aug 25th FILE PHOTO of
Spanish actor FRANCISCO RABAL(R) at a presse conference where he was presented a Special Grand Prize of the Americas by the World Film Festival's Vice- President and founder ;DaniËle Cauchard
, August 25th, 20001 in Montreal , Canada.

Rabal just died on the plane back home

Born in ¡guilas, Spain in 1925, Francisco Rabal .
In 1950 he won his first real stage roles. Luis BuÒuel saw him in Historias de la...
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