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Linares - Monumento a Manolete.jpg
Monument to Manolete in front of the bullring in Linares
Personal information
Birth nameManuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez
Born(1917-07-04)4 July 1917
Córdoba, Andalucia, Kingdom of Spain
Died29 August 1947(1947-08-29) (aged 30)
Linares, Andalucia, Spanish State
PartnerLupe Sino
Bullfighting career
Début novillero1931
Alternativa2 July 1939 
 • PlaceReal Maestranza de Sevilla
 • GodfatherManuel Jiménez
 • WitnessRafael Vega de los Reyes

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


He was the son of a bullfighter also labeled Manolete and his wife, Angustias. Manolete Sr. died when Manolete was five years old.[1] Young Manolete rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered to be one of the greatest bullfighters of all time, described as such in a 1945 Mexican documentary film.[2] His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the gallery, and he excelled at the suerte de la muerte — the kill. Manolete's contribution to bullfighting included being able to stand very still while the bull passed 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 a 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 upper right 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. It is, however, now believed that he died after receiving a blood transfusion with the wrong type of blood.[3]

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  • Barnaby Conrad, The Death of Manolete, Phoenix Books, 2007. ISBN 1-59777-548-7


  1. ^ Jon Mooallem, "The Matador and Me: Coming to Terms with My Famously Ugly Lookalike," New York Times Magazine, May 3, 2022,
  2. ^ Manolete en México 1945 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Manolete". Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  4. ^ L. Monjas, Chusa (30 May 2007). "Adrian Brody cree que "todo actor mataría por hacer de Manolete"". Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Manolete" (PDF). Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte. Gobierno de España. p. 11-12. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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