Francisco Martínez Soria

Francisco Martínez Soria

Francisco Martínez Soria (December 18, 1902 – February 26,1982), better known as Paco Martínez Soria, was a Spanish actor. He was born in Tarazona, Zaragoza, Aragon to Luis, a police officer.


Although he was born in Tarazona, he was only five when his family moved to Barcelona , where he went to school. He worked as a clerk and then as a salesperson. At the same time he participated in performances of local theatre groups in Gràcia.

During the Spanish Civil War he left his work and focused on theatre as a professional actor. In 1938 he debuted in Teatro Fontalba with the theatre company of Rafael López Somoza with the work "Antonio pasó el infierno" (Antonio goes to hell). Two years later he founded his own theatre company with which he worked during the 1940s from Teatro Urquinaona and in the 1950s from Talía theatre.

In 1934 he collaborated as a extra in the black and white comedy "Sereno" with director Ignacio F. Iqui. He continues working with Iqui in eleven more films. He made the first role in 1938 in the comedy "Paquete, el fotógrafo público número uno" (Paquete, the public fotographer number one). He continued playing supporting roles in many films until 1944 when he returned to theatre as an actor and entrepreneur.

His name achieved some fame between 1942 and 1944, when named director and first actor in the theatre company of Teatro de la Zarzuela.

He returned to cinema in the 1950s. In 1965 he was very successful with the film "La ciudad no es para mí" (The city is not for me) directed by Pedro Lazaga. From that moment on, his screen character as an affectionate country bumpkin did not cease to appear in films until his death.


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