Jorge Sanz Miranda (born 26 August 1969) is a Spanish actor and is one of the most prominent actors of the Spanish cinema since the 1980s. He is known to international audiences for his roles in the films: Amantes (1991) by director Vicente Aranda and Fernando Trueba’s Belle Époque (1992).
Jorge Sanz Miranda
26 August 1969
Jorge Sanz Miranda was born on 26 August 1969 in Madrid. The youngest of five children, he would have followed a military career in the footsteps of his father, but his mother took him to an audition when he was nine years old and he was cast as the son of Jane Birkin in the film La Miel (1979) directed by Pedro Masó. From then on, he started a prolific career as an actor mostly in commercial films. His self-confidence and naturalness before the camera made him a popular actor in the Spanish screens.
Between the ages of nine and fifteen, he played in ten features within and beyond the Spanish film industry. Most notably as the young Conan in Conan the Barbarian (1982), a role played as an older Conan by Arnold Schwarzenegger. His role as a rascal in Crónica del alba. Valentina (1982) won him his first acting award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Sanz's roles in the films of Fernando Trueba and Vicente Aranda solidified his career. In 1986 he starred with Maribel Verdú, in Year of Enlightment. In 1988, he had the leading role in Vicente Aranda’s If They Tell You I Fell, for which he obtained a Goya Award for Best Actor. He followed this success with two more film under Vicente Aranda's direction, Riders of the Dawn (1990), a made for TV miniseries, and Amantes (1991) that was an international success. Two years later, he starred in Belle Époque, directed by Fernando Trueba. This film won the Oscar as a best foreign film. Jorge Sanz gave two of his best performances in Amantes and Belle Époque and these works remain his better-known international films.
The decade of the 1990s confirmed his popularity and he made two roles per year. Combining comedies Why Do They Call It Love When They Mean Sex? (1992) and Chá-chá-chá (1997) with more dramatic roles: Morirás en Chafarinas (1994), Libertarias (1995) although he admits that it feels more comfortable with comic roles. He has also alternated cinema with television. Taking part in television series like Riders of the Dawn (1989) and in comedies like Colegio Mayor (1993-95), Pepa y Pepe (1995) and A Las Once en Casa (1999).
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