Constantino Romero

Constantino Romero García (29 May 1947 – 12 May 2013) was a Spanish actor and presenter. Due to his deep voice, he was most known for dubbing into Spanish and Catalan other actors like Clint Eastwood, James Earl Jones and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator or The Expendables films.[1]

Constantino Romero
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Born
Constantino Romero García

(1947-05-29)29 May 1947
Died12 May 2013(2013-05-12) (aged 65)
Barcelona, Spain
Resting placeCemetery of Montjuïc
NationalitySpanish
Occupation
  • Actor
  • presenter
Years active1965-2012
Spouse(s)
Joana Vila
(m. 1973)
AwardsTP de Oro (1996)
Antena de Oro 1999

BiographyEdit

Radio and TVEdit

Romero was born in Alcalá de Henares and grew up in Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón (Albacete) where his mother lives. All his family are from Chinchilla and Almansa. His professional career began as an announcer at Radio Barcelona and RNE until 1985 when he made his first appearance in television as the host of the program Ya sé que tienes novio. From 1987 to 1992 he presented the game show El tiempo es oro on TVE. Later he moved to Antena 3 where he was very popular.[1]

Later he appeared in the regional TVs with the game show La Silla and replaced Silvia Jato in Pasapalabra in Antena 3 when she became a mother. He worked at CMT since 2002 to 2010. In 1984 he made his first stage appearance with L'Ópera de tres rals directed by Mario Gas. Both worked together in the musicals Sweeney Todd in 1995 and A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim.[2] Another play in which he appeared was Little Shop of Horrors, giving voice to the carnivorous plant.[1]

Voice actorEdit

Romero was known as a voice over actor for some famous actors.[3] Among his notable appearances in Castilian Spanish versions of foreign-language films, he was the voice of William Shatner as James T. Kirk in Star Trek, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character in The Terminator film series, Sean Connery as William T. O'Niel in Outland, Roger Moore as the title character in the James Bond franchise and James Earl Jones' role as Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise.[1][4]

His voice also appears in the Spanish dubs of several Disney films, including The Lion King as Mufasa, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame as Frollo, Mulan as the Supreme Ancestor,[1] and in The Jungle Book 2 as Shere Khan.

AwardsEdit

In 1999 he won an Antena de Oro Award and two TP de Oro awards.[1]

Retirement and deathEdit

Romero retired on 12 December 2012, after his last job as a voice actor: Trouble with the Curve. He announced it through his Twitter account: "Thanks for the affection. It's been 47 years of work. And a whole life. Radio, TV, theatre, dubbing. It's been worth it. A hug. That's all folks! " (in English in the original). He showed his thankfulness to his fans with the words "I've always known that the best part of my job were people".

Romero died from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on 12 May 2013 in Barcelona just two and a half weeks shy of his 66th birthday.[5] He was laid to rest at the Cemetery of Montjuïc.

HostEdit

FilmographyEdit

ActorEdit

  • Lola (1986)
  • Galeria oberta (1986) (TV series)
  • La ronda (1987) (TV movie)
  • 13 x 13 (1987) (TV series)
  • La veritat oculta (1988)
  • A l'est del Besòs (1988) (TV series)
  • L'amor és estrany (1988)
  • Las chicas de hoy en día (1991) (TV series)
  • Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992)
  • No sé bailar (1992) (TV series)
  • Olímpicament mort (1993) (TV movie)
  • Oh, Espanya! (1996) (TV series)
  • El sueño de una noche... vieja (1997) (TV movie)
  • Lisístrata (2002)
  • 800 balas (2002)
  • 7 vidas (2003) (TV series)
  • El corazón de las tinieblas (2004) (short)
  • Di que sí (2004)
  • Bujias y Manias (2005)
  • Star Wars: Extinción (2006) (short)
  • Héroes (2010)
  • L'Edèn (2010) (TV Movie)
  • Elefante (2011) (short)
  • Copito de Nieve (2011)

Dubbing (highlights)Edit

Clint Eastwood voice in:

James Earl Jones voice in:

Rutger Hauer voice in:

Tony Jay voice in:

Roger Moore voice in:

Arnold Schwarzenegger voice in:

William Shatner voice in:

Louis Gossett Jr. voice in:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Constantino Romero Garcia, biografía y trayectoria". El Día (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 9 September 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "La vida es un sueño". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Constantino Romero es el más influyente". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 15 January 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Constantino Romero: Darth Vader llegó a ser mi alborozo". La Sexta Noticias (in Spanish). 2011. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Brereton, Howard John (14 January 2000). "Constantino Romero, a voice of Spanish radio has died aged 65". Typically Spanish. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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