Alfredo Mayo

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This article is about the Spanish actor. For the cinematographer sometimes credited under this name, see Alfredo F. Mayo.
Alfredo Mayo
Born Alfredo Fernández Martínez
(1911-05-17)May 17, 1911
Barcelona, Spain
Died May 19, 1985(1985-05-19) (aged 74)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Actor

Alfredo Mayo (born Alfredo Fernández Martínez, May 17, 1911, in Barcelona - May 19, 1985, in Palma de Mallorca) was a Spanish actor.


After leaving his studies of medicine in 1929, Mayo debuts at theatre with the company of Ernesto Vilches. He fought for Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War in aviation. He starred propaganda films such as Escuadrilla (1941), Harka (1941), A mí la legión (1942) but specially Raza, which script was written by Francisco Franco,under the name of Jaime de Andrade.

He becomes the biggest star in comedies, dramas or historical films such as Malvaloca (1942), by Luis Marquina; Deliciosamente tontos (1943), by Juan de Orduña, or La leona de Castilla (1951).

In the 50's he acted in supporting roles in films as El último cuplé (1957), Una muchachita de Valladolid (1958) or even 55 Days at Peking (1963), directed in Spain by Nicholas Ray.

His career had a second golden age with his collaborations with Carlos Saura in La Caza (1966) and Peppermint Frappé (1967).

He continued working on more than 175 films until he died. He acted in El bosque del lobo (1970), by Pedro Olea, Patrimonio Nacional (1980), by Luis García Berlanga. In Paul Naschy's Los cántabros (1980), he played a druid. He was also in Bearn o la sala de las muñecas (1982), by Jaime Chávarri and starred in the TV series Cañas y barro for TVE.


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