José Luis Borau
Date of Birth
Aug 08, 1929
Birth Place:
Zaragoza, Spain


José Luis Borau, Spanish director of feature films and television movies, began his entertainment career in the early '60s. After studying law in his native Zaragoza, Spain, Borau worked at Madrid's Ministry of Housing in 1957. In 1960, Borau began studying film direction at the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias de Cinematografia in Madrid. Three years later, Borau released his feature directorial debut, Brandy (1963), a low-budget Western. In 1966, Borau launched his television career for the Spanish TVE network working on episodes of Dichoso Mundo/What a World, which starred stage actress Conchita Montes. Borau moved to the United States and remained there until the mid-'80s while making a movie about Mexican immigrants, Rio Abajo/On the Line. Borau also occasionally appeared in the films of others as an actor; his acting credits include El Juego de la Oca/Snakes and Ladders (1965), Mi Querida Señorita (1971), and Todos a la Cárcel/Everybody to Jail (1993). He won a prestigious Goya award for the drama Leo in 2000. Borau died of throat cancer in November 2012. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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