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|José Sancho or Pepe Sancho|
|Born||José Asunción Martínez Sancho
November 11, 1944
Manises, Valencia, Spain
|Died||March 3, 2013
Valencia, Valencia, Spain
José Asunción Martínez Sancho (11 November 1944 – 3 March 2013) was a Spanish actor. Over a period of fifty years he appeared extensively in Spanish television and films. He was perhaps best known internationally for his roles in Pedro Almodóvar's films Live Flesh and Talk to Her.
Sancho was born in Manises, Valencia in 1944. He married and divorced twice the singer Maria Jimenez (with whom he had a son named Alejandro) and, after his second divorce with Jimenez, he married journalist Reyes Monforte, from 2006 until the death of the actor in 2013.
Sancho's first film role was when he was aged just four in Si te hubieses casado conmigo (If you had been married to me)(1948), directed by Viktor Tourjansky. He became popular thanks to his role as The Student, in the TVE series, Curro Jiménez (1977–1978), directed by Pilar Miró, Mario Camus, Antonio Drove, Rafael Romero Marchent, Francisco Rovira Beleta and others.
Almost twenty years after that work, he returned to star in another TV series, Carmen y familia (1995), together with Beatriz Carvajal and his former partner in Curro Jiménez, Álvaro de Luna. One year later, he joined up with Rocío Dúrcal in Los negocios de mamá (1997), also for television.
Among his many roles in films is his collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar in Hable con ella and in Live Flesh along with Javier Bardem, where he won the Goya Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 1997.
In 2000 he guest-starred as Don Rafael Alvarado in the syndicated TV series Queen of Swords, who is murdered in the first episode, "Destiny", causing his daughter Tessa to take up arms as the title character .
His involvement in several films and theatrical activity was significant, but his role of Don Pablo, in the TVE series, Cuéntame (Tell Me!), from 2001 to 2008, brought his greatest popularity and recognition.
Sancho died March 3, 2013 in Valencia after a long illness. He was 68 years old.
- Mariano Alonso (3 March 2014). "Antoni Asunción: "El PSOE me trató como un proscrito tras mi dimisión"" (in Spanish). Libertad Digital. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
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