Jorge Sanz

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Jorge Sanz
Born Jorge Sanz Miranda
(1969-08-26) 26 August 1969 (age 45)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Actor

Jorge Sanz (born 26 August 1969) is a Spanish actor and is one of the most prominent actors of the Spanish cinema since the 1980s. He is known to international audiences for his roles in the films: Amantes (1991) by director Vicente Aranda and Fernando Trueba’s Belle Époque (1992).

Early life[edit]

Jorge Sanz Miranda was born on 26 August 1969 in Madrid.[1] The youngest of five children, he would have followed a military career in the footsteps of his father, but his mother took him to an audition when he was nine years old and he was cast as the son of Jane Birkin in the film La Miel (1979) directed by Pedro Masó.[2] From then on, he started a prolific career as a child actor mostly in commercial films. His self-confidence and naturalness before the camera made him a popular child actor in the Spanish screens.

Between the ages of nine and fifteen, he played in ten features within and beyond the Spanish film industry. Most notably as the young Conan in Conan the Barbarian (1982), a role played as an adult by Arnold Schwarzenegger.[1] His role as a rascal in Valentina (1982) made him win his first award as an actor at San Sebastian Film Festival.[2]


Sanz's roles in the films of Fernando Trueba and Vicente Aranda solidified his career. In 1986 he starred with Maribel Verdú, in El Año de las Luces, his first role as an adolescent. In 1988, as a young adult, he had the leading role in Vicente Aranda’s Si Te Dicen que Cai, for which he obtained a Goya Award as Best actor.[1] He followed this success with two more film under Vicente Aranda's direction, Los Jinetes del Alba (1990), a made for T.V miniseries, and Amantes (1991) that was an international success. Two years later he starred in Belle époque, directed by Fernando Trueba. This film won the Oscar as a best foreign film. Jorge Sanz gave in Amantes and Belle Epoque two of his best interpretation and these works remain his best known international films.

The decade of the 1990s confirmed his popularity and he made two roles a year.[2] Combining comedies ¿Por qué lo llaman amor cuando quieren decir sexo? (1992) and Chá-chá-chá (1997) with more dramatic roles: Morirás en Chafarinas (1994), Libertarias (1995) although he admits that it feels more comfortable with comic roles. he has also alternated cinema with television. Taking part in TV series like Los Jinetes del Alba (1989) and in comedies like Colegio Mayor (1993-95), Pepa y Pepe (1995) and A Las Once en Casa (1999).

Originally cast to play the role of "Víctor Plaza" in Carne trémula (1997) by Pedro Almodóvar He was fired after the second day of shooting because of several disagreements with the director and was replaced with actor Liberto Rabal.

He made two more successful films with Fernando Trueba: La Niña de tus ojos (1998) and El Embrujo de Shangai (2002).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jorge Sanz dated Spanish actress Lucía Jiménez in 1998, and later had a son, Merlín, with actress Paloma Gómez, born 25 September 2002. They had met when they were children while filming the movie Valentina, but began their relationship almost 25 years later, when they met again while doing a play; they split in 2006.


  1. ^ a b c D’Lugo, Guide to the Cinema of Spain, p. 258
  2. ^ a b c d Jorge Sanz - Famosos - Tierra


  • D’Lugo, Marvin: Guide to the Cinema of Spain, Greenwood Press, 1997. ISBN 0-313-29474-7
  • Perriam, Chris: Star and Masculinity in Spanish Cinema: From Banderas to Bardem, Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-815996-X.

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