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Fernando Rey
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Birth Date:September 20, 1917
Astrology Sign:Virgo
Chinese Sign:Snake - Yang
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Occupation:Movie Actor

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Fernando Rey

Biography:Fernando Rey Fernando Casado D'Arambillet, known as Fernando Rey, (September 20, 1917 - March 9, 1994) was a Spanish film actor famous in both Europe and the United States.

Rey was born in A Coruña, Spain, then known as La Coruña, the son of Colonel Casado Veiga. He studied architecture, but then the Spanish Civil War began, interrupting his university days.

In 1936, he began his career in movies as an extra, sometimes even getting credited. It was then that he chose his stage name, Fernando Rey. He kept his first name, but he took his mother's second surname, Rey, a short surname with a clear meaning ("Rey" is Spanish for "King").

In 1944 his first speaking role was the Duke de Alba in José López Rubio's Eugenia de Montijo.

This was the start of a prolific career in movies, radio, theater and television. Rey was also a great dubbing actor in Spanish television. His voice was considered intense and personal, and he became the narrator of important Spanish movies like Luis García Berlanga's Bienvenido Mr. Marshall (1953), Ladislao Vadja's Marcelino Pan y Vino (1955), and even Orson Welles' Don Quixote (1992). In fact, he acted in four different versions of Don Quixote in different roles, including Welles'.

His work with Luis Buñuel during the 1960s and 1970s made him internationally famous; he was the first "international Spanish actor". Particularly, Rey starred in Buñuel's Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) (1972), a complex movie which received the 1972 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Another of the successes of Rey-Buñuel's tandem was That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), nominated to another Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and to the Golden Globe in the same category, thou this movie failed to win either. Rey's voice had to be dubbed by Michel Piccoli.

He played the French villain Alain Charnier in William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971). Initially, Friedkin intended to cast Francisco Rabal as Charnier, but could not remember his name: he only knew it was a Spanish actor. Rey was hired before Friedkin could see him. Rey did not speak French, but Friedkin discovered that Rabal spoke neither French nor English, so he opted to keep Rey.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Rey was awarded at San Sebastián and Cannes, and got the gold medal of the Spanish Art and Movie Sciences Academy. He became the president of that Academy from 1992 till his death two years later.

He died in Madrid of cancer.

Achievements: (Filmography)
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
Seven Beauties (1976)
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
French Connection II (1975)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
The French Connection (1971)
Viridiana (1961)

Chinese Horoscope for Fernando Rey
Includes characteristics and Vices
Fernando Rey's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 23, 1917 - February 10, 1918
Birthday: September 20, 1917

The Snake is a Yang,
and is the Sixth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Fernando Rey's Personality Tarot Card Justice - Personality Card

Birthday: September 20, 1917

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.

Fernando Rey's Character Tarot Card The High Priestess - Character Card

Birthday: September 20, 1917

Wisdom, secrets to be revealed, and the development of intuition.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Fernando Rey's Growth Tarot Card The Hanged Man

Birthday: September 20, 2017

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.




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