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José Asunción Martínez Sancho (11 November 1944 – 3 March 2013) better known as José Sancho or Pepe Sancho, was a Spanish actor. Over a period of fifty years he appeared extensively in Spanish television and films. He was perhaps best known internationally for his roles in Pedro Almodóvar's films Live Flesh and Talk to Her.

José Sancho
José Asunción Martínez Sancho

(1944-11-11)11 November 1944
Died3 March 2013(2013-03-03) (aged 68)
Valencia, Spain
Other namesPepe Sancho
Spouse(s)María Jiménez
Reyes Monforte


Private lifeEdit

Sancho was born in Manises (Valencia), Spain, in 1944. He married and divorced twice the singer María Jiménez (with whom he had a son named Alejandro) and, after his second divorce with Jiménez, he married journalist Reyes Monforte, from 2006 until the death of the actor in 2013.

He was a cousin of the Spanish Socialist Party politician Antoni Asunción.[1]

Sancho died March 3, 2013 with 68 years old in Valencia after a long illness from a lung cancer.[2]


Sancho's first film role was when he was aged just four in Si te hubieses casado conmigo [es] (1948), directed by Victor Tourjansky. He became popular thanks to his role as The Student, in Televisión Española series Curro Jiménez (1977–1978), directed by Pilar Miró, Mario Camus, Antonio Drove [es], Rafael Romero Marchent, Francisco Rovira Beleta and others.

Almost twenty years after that work, he returned to star in another television series, Carmen y familia [es] (1995), together with Beatriz Carvajal and his former partner in Curro Jiménez, Álvaro de Luna. One year later, he joined up with Rocío Dúrcal in Los negocios de mamá [es] (1997), also for television.

Among his many roles in films is his collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar in Talk to Her and in Live Flesh along with Javier Bardem, where he won the Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997.

In 2000 he guest-starred as Don Rafael Alvarado in the syndicated television series Queen of Swords, who is murdered in the first episode, "Destiny", causing his daughter Tessa to take up arms as the title character.

His involvement in several films and theatrical activity was significant, but his role of Don Pablo, in Televisión Española series Cuéntame cómo pasó, from 2001 to 2008, brought his greatest popularity and recognition.



  1. ^ Alonso, Mariano (3 March 2014). "Antoni Asunción: "El PSOE me trató como un proscrito tras mi dimisión"". Libertad Digital (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Fallece a los 68 años el actor Pepe Sancho". Europa Press (in Spanish). Madrid. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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