Jesús Franco

Director + Screenwriter + Cinematographer + Actor
Born May 12, 1930

Jesús "Jess" Franco is a Spanish film director, writer, cinematographer and actor. His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which received wide distribution in the United States and England. Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon (1967), Ninety-Nine Women (1968) and his two Christopher Lee films, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula, he never achieved wide commercial success.… Read More

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  • El Valor De Tío Jess
    The Huffington Post - Apr 03, 2013
  • Emancipação Política De Lasranjeiras: Prefeita Participa Da Solenidade Fax Aju
    Google News - Aug 08, 2011
  • De Geschiedenis Van De Zombiefilm Fok!
    Google News - Jul 13, 2011
  • Le Moine : Quand L'église Fout Les Jetons ! Excessif
    Google News - Jul 12, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jesús Franco.


1930 Birth Born on May 12, 1930.


1954 24 Years Old Franco started out in 1954 (at age 24) as an assistant director in the Spanish film industry, performing many tasks including composing music for some of the films as well as co-writing a number of the screenplays. … Read More
1959 29 Years Old After working on more than 20 films, he decided to get into directing films in 1959, making a few musicals and a crime drama called Red Lips.


1960 30 Years Old In 1960, Franco took Marius Lesoeur & Sergio Newman, 2 producer friends, to a cinema to see the newly released Hammer horror film The Brides of Dracula and the three decided to get into the horror film business.
1961 31 Years Old His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff (aka Gritos en la noche), which received wide distribution in the United States and the UK. … Read More
Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon (1967), 99 Women (1968) and two 1969 Christopher Lee films — The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula — he never achieved wide commercial success.


1970 40 Years Old Soledad starred in a series of 6 sexy thrillers for Franco, all made within a one-year period (including his cult classic Vampyros Lesbos), after which she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in Portugal in 1970, just as her career was taking off. … Read More
1975 45 Years Old At the time, Lina was married to a young actor/ photographer named Ramon Ardid, but as she and Franco became more involved in their film projects over the years, her marriage to Ramon fell apart, ending in divorce circa 1975. … Read More


1980 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Franco and Romay were partners for 4 decades, and most likely lived together from 1980 on, although they were only officially married on 25 April 2008. … Read More
1981 51 Years Old 1 More Event
The Lesoeurs later had Rollin shoot new zombie footage in 1981 to be added to Franco's A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) for its 1981 re-release. … Read More


1991 61 Years Old Franco lost many of his colleagues in rapid succession in the 1990s: Klaus Kinski & composer Bruno Nicolai died in 1991; William Berger in 1993; Howard Vernon, Nicole Guettard (Franco's first wife) & producer Karl Heinz Mannchen all in 1996; his composer Daniel J. White followed in 1997, and the producer Marius Lesoeur died in 2003.
2012 82 Years Old …  Sadly, Lina Romay died of cancer in 2012, after which Franco died in April, 2013 of natural causes at the age of 82. … Read More
2013 83 Years Old Franco suffered a severe stroke on 27 March 2013, and was taken to a hospital in Malaga, Spain, where he died early on the morning of 2 April. … Read More
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