Fernando Sancho

Fernando Sancho Les (7 January 1916 – 31 July 1990) was a Spanish actor.

Fernando Sancho
Fernando Sancho in 1970 at the Festival de San Sebastián
Fernando Sancho Les

(1916-01-07)7 January 1916
Zaragoza, Spain
Died31 July 1990(1990-07-31) (aged 74)
Madrid, Spain


He was born in Zaragoza, in Aragon, Spain on 7 January 1916 and died at Hospital Militar Gómez Ulla in Madrid on 31 July 1990 from a liver failure after a surgery to remove a malignant tumor in the pancreas.[1] He was interred in Madrid.[2]

He fight for Cruzada Nacional de Liberación as combatant on Ejército Nacional and raised lieutenant of Legión Española.[3]


He was often typecast as a Mexican bandit in paella and spaghetti westerns, including The Big Gundown (directed by Sergio Sollima), A Pistol for Ringo and Return of Ringo (directed by Duccio Tessari), Arizona Colt (directed by Michele Lupo), Minnesota Clay (directed by Sergio Corbucci), and Sartana (directed by Gianfranco Parolini). Though (almost) always given the same role — a portly Mexican bandit chief — Sancho was a strong actor, and became one of the icons of these films.

He also appeared in a number of Spanish horror movies in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the better known horror parts was the role of a corrupt small town mayor in El Ataque de los Muertos sin Ojos (a.k.a. Return of the Blind Dead), directed by Amando de Ossorio. Another notable horror film was Orloff and the Invisible Man (1971), directed by Pierre Chevalier and starring Howard Vernon, an unofficial continuation of the Dr. Orloff saga begun by Jess Franco in The Awful Dr. Orloff (1962). Sancho also turned up briefly in the epic Lawrence of Arabia playing the Turkish sergeant who arrests T. E. Lawrence in Deraa. He also appeared in five Greek war movies (1970-73). Three of them involved World War II (i.e., Battle of Crete, Greek Resistance, Fort Roupel) and the other ones the Greek War of Independence and the resistance of Souliotes against Ali Pasha.

Sancho had a prolific career and remained active in film up to his death. He made larger than life characters his specialty, and was a similarly 'big' character off screen as well — popular both with audiences and with his fellow actors.


He won the Medallas del Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos for La guerrilla in 1972,[4] and in 1980 for all his career.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. "El actor Fernando Sancho muere a los 72 años". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. 1 August 1990. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  2. Cebollada, Pascual; Rubio Gil, Luis (1996). "Fernando Sancho". Enciclopedia del cine español: cronología. 1. Ediciones del Serbal. p. 50. ISBN 9788476281642.
  3. "Fernando Sancho, actor combatiente en la Legión". Fundación Nacional Francisco Franco (in Spanish). 7 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. "Premios del CEC a la producción española de 1972". Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos (in Spanish). 1972. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. "Premios del CEC a la producción española de 1980". Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos (in Spanish). 1980. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
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