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Linares - Monumento a Manolete.jpg
Monument to Manolete in front of the bullring in Linares
Personal information
Birth name Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez
Nationality Spanish
Born (1917-07-04)4 July 1917
Córdoba, Andalucia, Spain
Died 29 August 1947(1947-08-29) (aged 30)
Linares, Andalucia, Spain
Sport Bullfighting
Position Matador
Bullfighting career
Début novillero 1931
Alternativa 2 July 1939 
 • Place Real Maestranza de Sevilla
 • Godfather Manuel Jiménez
 • Witness Rafael Vega de los Reyes
For the film, see Manolete (film).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 – 29 August 1947), better known as Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter.


He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the gallery, and he excelled at the suerte de matar — the kill. Manolete's contribution to bullfighting included being able to stand very still while passing the bull close to his body and, rather than giving the passes separately, he was able to remain in one spot and link four or five consecutive passes together into compact series.

He popularized a pass with the muleta called the "Manoletina," which is normally given just before entering to kill with the sword. In addition to all of the major bullrings of Spain, he had very important triumphs in Plaza Mexico.


He died in August 1947 following a goring in the right upper leg as he killed the fifth bull of the day, the Miura bull Islero, an event that left Spain in a state of shock. Manolete received his fatal goring in the town of Linares where he appeared alongside the up-and-coming matador Luis Miguel Dominguín, who, after Manolete's death, proclaimed himself to be number one.

In response to Manolete's death, General Francisco Franco, then dictator of Spain, ordered three days of "national mourning", during which only funeral dirges were heard on the radio.

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