Francisco Martínez Soria

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Paco Martínez Soria
Zaragoza - Paco Martínez Soria.jpg
Bust of Paco Martínez Soria in Zaragoza
Born Francisco Martínez Soria
(1902-12-18)December 18, 1902
Tarazona (Zaragoza), Spain
Died February 26, 1982(1982-02-26) (aged 79)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Actor, Theatre director
Website http://www.donpacomartinezsoria.com

Francisco Martínez Soria (December 18, 1902 – February 26, 1982) better known as Paco Martínez Soria was a Spanish actor. He was born in Tarazona, Zaragoza, Aragon.

Biography[edit]

Although he was born in Tarazona, he was only five when his family moved to Barcelona, where he went to school. He worked as a clerk and then as a salesperson. At the same time he participated in performances of local theatre groups in Gràcia.

During the Spanish Civil War he left his work and focused on theatre as an amateur actor. In 1938 he debuted in Teatro Fontalba with the theatre company of Rafael López Somoza with the work Antonio pasó el infierno (Antonio goes to hell). Two years later he founded his own theatre company with which he worked during the 1940s from Teatro Urquinaona and in the 1950s from Talía theatre.

In 1934 he collaborated as an extra in the black and white comedy Sereno with director Ignacio F. Iquino. He continued working with Iquino in eleven more films. He got his first leading role in 1938 in the comedy Paquete, el fotógrafo público número uno (Paquete, the number one public photographer). He continued playing supporting roles in many films until 1944 when he returned to theatre as an actor and entrepreneur.

His name achieved some fame between 1942 and 1944, when he was named director and first actor in the theatre company of Teatro de la Zarzuela.

He returned to cinema in the rolesstudd in 1950s. In 1965 he was very successful with the film La ciudad no es para mí (The city is not for me) directed by Pedro Lazaga. From that moment on, his screen character as an affectionate country bumpkin did not cease to appear in films until his death with his friend Pedro Lazaga.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1934 Sereno... y tormenta unknown
1935 Al margen de la ley unknown
1935 Error judicial
1936 Diego corrientes
1938 Heart of Gold Saturiano
1941 El difunto es un vivo
1942 Boda accidentada
1943 Deliciosamente tontos
1943 El hombre de los muñecos
1943 Piruetas juveniles
1943 Un enredo de familia
1943 Viviendo al revés
1951 Almas en peligro
1951 The Dance of the Heart Jaime Miravall
1951 Fantasía española
1953 Lawless Mountain
1956 El difunto es un vivo
1956 Veraneo en España
1957 Su desconsolada esposa
1959 Sendas marcadas
1966 La ciudad no es para mí Agustín Valverde
1967 ¿Qué hacemos con los hijos?
1968 El turismo es un gran invento Mayor Benito Requejo
1969 Se armó el belén Parish priest
1969 Abuelo made in Spain
1969 Don erre que erre
1971 Hay que educar a papá
1972 El padre de la criatura
1973 El abuelo tiene un plan
1974 El calzonazos
1975 El alegre divorciado
1976 Estoy hecho un chaval
1977 Vaya par de gemelos Twins Lucas and Pedro
1980 Es peligroso casarse a los 60 Mariano
1981 La tía de Carlos Fermín Recuero / Charley's Aunt

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