Fernando Rey, the great Spanish movie actor primarily known in the United States for his role as “Frog One” in The French Connection (1971) and its sequel, was born Fernando Casado D’Arambillet on September 20 1917, in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, the son of Colonel Casado Veiga. Originally, the young Fernando intended to become an architect. However, when the Spanish Civil War erupted in 1936, his architectural studies were interrupted, and he gained employment as a movie extra. He took the stage name “Fernando Rey” at the beginning of his career, equivalent, in English, to “Fernando King”. Eight years after his movie debut, he was cast in his first major speaking role, as the Duke de Alba in José López Rubio’s 1944 movie “Eugenia de Montijo”.
Rey enjoyed a long and prosperous career as an actor in in movies, the theater, radio, and television. He also was a major voice-over artist in Spain, narrating films and dubbing the voices of actors in foreign films. Rey’s most fruitful… read more