Guillermo Francella

Guillermo Héctor Francella (born February 14, 1955) is an Argentine actor and comedian. Apart from being a television performer, he also has had a long theatrical and film career. Widely regarded by experts and critics of performance as one of the most influential and popular actors in his country.[1][2]

Guillermo Francella
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Guillermo Francella in 2016
Guillermo Héctor Francella

(1955-02-14) February 14, 1955 (age 65)
OccupationActor and Comedian
Years active1973-Present
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Spouse(s)Marynés Breña (1989–present)
ChildrenNicolás Francella
Johanna Francella
Parent(s)Ricardo Héctor Francella and Adelina Redondo


Guillermo Francella is the second of two brothers children of Ricardo Héctor Francella, a bank employee, gym teacher and weightlifting coach at Racing Club and Adelina Redondo. He spent his first two years of life in Villa del Parque, Buenos Aires, Argentina and later the family moved to Beccar, a northern neighborhood of Greater Buenos Aires where Francella lived the rest of his childhood. The house was located next to that of his paternal grandparents, Domenico and Zaída; his grandfather was an Italian immigrant in Argentina who had arrived in Argentina from Falconara Albanese, Calabria and whose original last name was Frangella. He attended and received a bachelor's degree from the Institute June 20 of San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972. Later, although he wanted to study theater, he continued studying journalism. He got a journalist's degree after studying three years and later started working for the magazine Gente, where he served as a journalist for three months before being fired. He also worked as a seller in a clothing store, as an insurance salesman and was a member of a real estate company with his uncle. His father died when he was twenty-six years old, which meant a "very strong" blow to the family. Francella is catholic and believer.


His first approach to acting was after finishing high school when he made a play with some classmates, the comedy Charlatanes by Julio F. Escobar. In the early 1980s he acted in a commercial for Cinzano. He debuted on television in 1980, with Los hnos. Torterolo and then was part of Historia de un trepador. In 1985 he filmed his first film, El telo y la tele, also participated as an extra in the film Los caballeros de la cama redonda starring Alberto Olmedo. He participated in other television series of the 1980s, such as El infiel, playing the role of Felipe for a year. In 1986, he filmed three films, Camarero nocturno en Mar del Plata and Las colegialas. He also acted in television series, such as El lobo and Juegos prohibidos. His career as a television and film actor continued during the following years with films such as Los pilotos más locos del mundo, Paraíso relax and Bañeros II, la playa loca, which had its third part in 2006. His first big hit on television was telecomedy De carne somos, emited by Canal 13 in 1988. After this strip he starred Dalo por hecho, emited by Canal 13 and played an Argentine chanta. In 1989 he participated in one of his greatest successes Los extermineitors, film that parodied the action films of the 1980s. The following year, he filmed the second part of that film, Los extermineitors II. Also in 1992 he played the character Francachella in Brigada Cola where he had a dog called "Tronco". During the early 1990s, he recorded two more parts of the film Los extermineitors, forming a saga that concluded with the fourth part in the southern summer of 1992. He also made two series of great success, La familia Benvenuto and Un hermano es un hermano with Javier Portales. When he returned to work, his fame had grown, even internationally, which is why his next series, Naranja y media it was translated and transmitted in several English countries, with the name of My Better Halves. His next movie, Un Argentino en New York, was filmed in Spain and United States; starring alongside the Uruguayan Natalia Oreiro, it became one of the greatest Argentine cinema hits. In 1999, another challenge would come, the series Trillizos, dijo la partera with the actress Laura Novoa. On this occasion, he had to play three Buenos Aires brothers, Luigi, Marcelo and Enzo, that integrated a classic family of Italian roots, but in turn, each with a different personality that characterized them. In 2000 he filmed Papá es un ídolo it was translated in English with the name of Daddy is My Idol in this movie Manuel Bandera and Millie Stegman. He returned to television in 2001, in one of the most definitive roles of his career, in the comic program Poné a Francella, where he took part in several sketches next to his cast. He had two seasons and aired until December 2002. There he shared the cast with Gabriel Goity, Alberto Fernández de Rosa, Roberto Carnaghi, Florencia Peña, Andrea Frigerio, Mariana Briski, Manuel Wirtz, René Bertrand, Toti Ciliberto and Cecilia Milone and with newly emerged models such as Pamela David, Luciana Salazar and Julieta Prandi. The repetitions were broadcast until 2006 during the weekends in Argentina, while in other countries of Latin America and United States it was televised until the end of 2004. In 2003, he filmed in Cuba, Un día en el paraíso, movie in which Guillermo Francella played two characters, Reynaldo and Roy. That year he starred in the unit comedy, Durmiendo con mi jefe, with Luis Brandoni emited by Canal 13. His next movie, Papá se volvió loco, It was released in 2005 and became a hit in theaters. Since 2005 he worked in the series Casados con Hijos, playing the role of José "Pepe" Argento. For that role, in the first season, Asociación de Periodistas de la Televisión y la Radiofonía Argentinas awarded the Martín Fierro Award to the "Best Leading Actor in Comedy", and in the second season, He was nominated again but lost to Facundo Arana. During these two years, he starred with Enrique Pinti at the Lola Membrives theater in Buenos Aires and then at the Auditorium Mar del Plata the musical comedy The Producers, a great success with both the public and critics. It was Francella's debut in the musical genre. In 2007, he starred in a new comic film, Incorregibles with Dady Brieva and Gisela Van Lacke. It was a success, but received negative reviews. In 2008, he made a special participation in the final chapter of the soap opera Vidas robadas which won the Martín Fierro de Oro Award 2008. At the end of the year, he traveled to Mexico to star Rudo y Cursi along with the Mexican actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. In 2009, he starred alongside Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil El secreto de sus ojos which was seen by two million viewers, the most watched of the year. The movie was awarded a Oscar Award for the best non-English speaking film. In 2011, he returned to the small screen with comedy El hombre de tu vida where he played the role of Hugo, a man affected by the midlife crisis. In addition, along with Arturo Puig, he starred in the Ana Katz movie, Los Marziano. In 2012 the film was released ¡Atraco!, which starred alongside Nicolás Cabré and Amaia Salamanca under the direction of Eduard Cortés, personifying a Peronist named Merello. In addition, he had a small role in the film El vagoneta en el mundo del cine. In 2013, he starred in the Marcos Carnevale romantic film, Corazón de León, where he played León Godoy, a short man who falls in love with Ivana Cornejo (Julieta Díaz) a divorced lawyer. For this interpretation he received his second nomination for Silver Condor Award, this time as Best Actor. In 2014, he starred with Inés Estévez and Alejandro Awada the film directed by Daniel Burman, El misterio de la felicidad, where he plays a role of a man looking for his missing friend. In addition, he returned to the theater by Adrián Suar with Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas where he plays Lawrence Williams a man who scams women along with his partner. In 2015, he starred The Clan in the role of Arquímedes Rafael Puccio, together with Peter Lanzani in the role of Alejandro Puccio, based on the murders committed by the Clan Puccio in the early 1980s.

Personal lifeEdit

Since 1989 he is married to Marynés Breña with whom he has two children, Nicolás Francella born on October 22, 1990 and Johanna Francella born on December 4, 1993.



Year Movie Character Director
1973 Los caballeros de la cama redonda Gerardo Sofovich
1985 El Telo y la Tele Deputy Hugo Sofovich
1986 Brigada explosiva Bank robber Enrique Dawi
1986 Camarero Nocturno en Mar del Plata Salvador Gerardo Sofovich
1986 Las colegialas se divierten Professor Fernando Siro
1987 Johny Tolengo, el majestuoso Gerardo Sofovich and Enrique Dawi
1987 Los Bañeros más Locos del Mundo Guillermo Carlos Galettini
1988 Los Pilotos más Locos del Mundo Professor Lungo Carlos Galettini
1988 Paraíso Relax Emilio Boretta
1989 Bañeros II, la playa loca Guillermo Carlos Galettini
1989 Los extermineitors Guillermo Carlos Galettini
1990 Yo Tenía un Plazo Fijo Pancho Emilio Boretta
1990 Extermineitors II, la venganza del dragón Guillermo Carlos Galettini
1991 Extermineitors III, la gran pelea final Guillermo Carlos Galettini
1991 El travieso Julio Mustafá Ismael Hase and Eduardo Rolondo
1992 Extermineitors IV, como hermanos gemelos Guillermo Carlos Galettini
1998 Un Argentino en New York Franco de Ricci Juan José Jusid
1999 Esa maldita costilla Taxista Juan José Jusid
2000 Papá es un Ídolo Pablo Juan José Jusid
2003 Un día en el paraíso Reynaldo/Roy Juan Bautista Stagnaro
2005 Papá se volvió loco Juan Rodolfo Ledo
2006 Bañeros III, Todopoderosos Guillermo Rodolfo Ledo
2007 Incorregibles Pablo Rodolfo Ledo
2008 Rudo y Cursi Batuta Carlos Cuarón
2008 Un novio para mi mujer Real estate employee Juan Taratuto
2009 El secreto de sus ojos Pablo Sandoval Juan José Campanella
2011 Los Marziano Juan Marziano Ana Katz
2012 El vagoneta en el mundo del cine Maximiliano Gutiérrez
2012 ¡Atraco! Merello Eduard Cortés
2013 Corazón de León León Godoy Marcos Carnevale
2014 El misterio de la felicidad Santiago Daniel Burman
2015 The Clan Arquímedes Puccio Pablo Trapero
2017 Los que aman, odian Dr. Enrique Hubermann Alejandro Maci
2018 Animal Antonio Decoud Armando Bo
2018 Mi obra maestra Arturo Silva Gastón Duprat
2019 Olmedo, el rey de la risa Himself Mariano Olmedo
2020 El robo del siglo Mario Vitette Ariel Winograd


Year Title Character Channel Notes
1980 Los hermanos Torterolo Canal 13
1982 Todos los días la misma historia Butcher Telefe
1983 Matrimonios y algo más Canal 13 Supporting actor
1984 Historia de un trepador Canal 13 Supporting actor
1985 El infiel Felipe Canal 9 Supporting actor
1986 El lobo Lalo Canal 9 Supporting actor
1987 Buena plata Telefe Co-star
1987 Paremos la mano Telefe Co-star
1988-1989 De carne somos Ricardo Rípoli Canal 13 Protagonist
1990 Yo tenía un plazo fijo Pancho Canal 13 Protagonist
1990 Dalo por hecho Atilio Bartolomé Cartuja Canal 13 Protagonist
1991-1995 La familia Benvenuto Guille Telefe Protagonist
1992-1993 Brigada cola Francachella Telefe Protagonist
1994-1995 Un hermano es un hermano Bruno Telefe Protagonist
1997 Naranja y media Juan Guerrero Telefe Protagonist
1999 Trillizos, dijo la partera Marcelo/Luigi/Enzo Scarpelli Telefe Protagonist
2000 Tiempo final Martín and Miguel Telefe Ep: "La última cena"
Ep: "Los amigos"
2001 EnAmorArte Rowing teacher Telefe Special participation
2001-2002 Poné a Francella Telefe Protagonist
2002 Infieles Marcos Marini Telefe Ep: "Las mujeres de mis amigos no tienen sexo"
2003 Durmiendo con mi jefe Oscar Tzisca Canal 13 Protagonist
2004 La niñera Sambucetti Telefe Cameo
2005-2006 Casados con hijos José "Pepe" Argento Telefe Protagonist
2007 Alejo y Valentina Himself MTV Cameo
2008 Vidas robadas Claudio Kurtz Telefe Special participation
2009 Revelaciones psychologist Canal 13 Special participation
2011-2012 El hombre de tu vida Hugo Bermúdez Telefe Protagonist
2018 El host Himself FOX Special participation


Year Title Notes
1988 Los salvajes deseos de mi marido
1988-1989 Al fin y al cabo... de carne somos
1991 Dos señores malcriados
1992 Pijamas
1993 Aguante, Brigada!
2001 La cena de los tontos beside Adrián Suar
2005-2006 Los productores beside Enrique Pinti
2009 La cena de los tontos beside Adrián Suar
2009 El joven Frankenstein
2010 The Sunshine Boys
2014 Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas beside Adrián Suar
2016 Nuestras mujeres beside Arturo Puig and Jorge Marrale
2018 Perfectos desconocidos
2020 Casados con hijos

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
1988 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy De carne somos Winner
1992 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy Brigada cola Nominated
1994 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy La familia Benvenuto Nominated
1997 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy Naranja y media Winner
1999 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy Trillizos, dijo la partera Nominated
2002 Martín Fierro Awards Best Humorous Work Poné a Francella Winner
2003 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy Durmiendo con mi jefe Nominated
2005 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy Casados con Hijos Winner
2006 Martín Fierro Awards Best Actor in Comedy Casados con Hijos Nominated
2008 Martín Fierro Awards Best Special Participation in Fiction Vidas robadas Winner
2009 Sur Awards Best Supporting Actor El secreto de sus ojos Winner
2009 Clarín Awards Best Supporting Actor in Cinema El secreto de sus ojos Winner
2009 Ariel Awards Best Supporting Actor El secreto de sus ojos Nominated
2010 CEC Awards Best Supporting Actor in Cinema El secreto de sus ojos Winner
2010 Silver Condor Awards Best Supporting Actor El secreto de sus ojos Winner
2011 Martín Fierro Awards Best leading actor in miniseries El hombre de tu vida Nominated
2011 Konex Foundation Konex de Platino for the Best Television Actor of the Decade Winner
2011 Estrella de Mar Award Protagonic Male Performance Los reyes de la risa Nominated
2012 Martín Fierro Awards Best leading actor in miniseries El hombre de tu vida Winner
2013 Sur Awards Best Actor Corazón de León Nominated
2014 Silver Condor Awards Best Actor Corazón de León Nominated
2015 Sur Awards Best Actor The Clan Nominated
2015 Estrella de Mar Award Protagonic Male Comedy Performance Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas Winner
2015 Estrella de Mar Award Premio Estrella de Mar de Oro Dos pícaros sinvergüenzas Winner
2016 Silver Condor Awards Best Actor The Clan Nominated
2016 Platino Awards Premio Platino for Best Male Performance The Clan Winner


  1. ^ Guillermo, Francella (2017-09-18). "Francella considered the most influential celebrity in his country". Archived from the original on 2017-03-16.
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