Fernando Guillén (actor)
|Born||Fernando Guillén Gallego
29 November 1932
|Died||17 January 2013
|Children||Natalia, Fernando and Cayetana|
Guillén was born in Barcelona in 1932.
His professional career began in 1952 working with the theatrical companies of Fernando Fernan Gomez and Conchita Montes, and later in the National Theatre of Catalonia. He later formed his own theatrical company with his wife, actress Gemma Cuervo. The couple had three children, actors: Fernando and Cayetana, as well as another daughter, Natalia. They separated years later. Fernando Guillén continued to work in the theater until 2008 when, at age 75, he announced his retirement from the stage.
In addition to theater, he worked extensively in television and film, beginning in 1953 with the film Un dia perdido directed by José María Forqué. Over the next three decades he appeared in more than two dozen films, mostly in secondary roles in which his face became familiar to Spanish audiences. However, it was on television where he consolidated his career as an actor, debuting in 1958 with the adaptation of the play Nightmare by William Irish, under the direction of Juan Guerrero Zamora.
He worked regularly in the 1980s and 1990s in films like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) and All About My Mother (1998). Besides Almodovar, Guillen worked with José María Forqué, Vicente Aranda, Pedro Lazaga, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Imanol Uribe and Gonzalo Suarez, among others.
He died aged 80 following a long illness on 17 January 2013.
- D’Lugo, Guide to the Cinema of Spain, p. 231
- D’Lugo, Marvin. Guide to the Cinema of Spain. Greenwood Press, 1997. ISBN 0313294747