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Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 – 29 August 1947), better known as Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter.

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Monument to Manolete in front of the bullring in Linares
Personal information
Birth nameManuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez
Born(1917-07-04)4 July 1917
Córdoba, Andalucia, Spain
Died29 August 1947(1947-08-29) (aged 30)
Linares, Andalucia, Spain
PartnerLupe Sino
Bullfighting career
Début novillero1931
Alternativa2 July 1939 
 • PlaceReal Maestranza de Sevilla
 • GodfatherManuel Jiménez
 • WitnessRafael Vega de los Reyes



He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some[who?] to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the gallery, and he excelled at the suerte de matar — the kill. Manolete's contribution to bullfighting included being able to stand very still while the bull passed close to his body and, rather than giving the passes separately, he was able to remain in one spot and link four or five consecutive passes together into a compact series.

He popularized a pass with the muleta called the "Manoletina," which is normally given just before entering to kill with the sword. In addition to all of the major bullrings of Spain, he had very important triumphs in Plaza Mexico.


He died in August 1947 following a goring in the upper right leg as he killed the fifth bull of the day, the Miura bull Islero, an event that left Spain in a state of shock. Manolete received his fatal goring in the town of Linares where he appeared alongside the up-and-coming matador Luis Miguel Dominguín, who, after Manolete's death, proclaimed himself "Numero Uno."

In popular cultureEdit

"The Death of Manolete" was an entry in the popular television series "Playhouse 90" starting Jack Palance in the titular role and directed by John Frankenheimer in 1957.

See alsoEdit


  • Barnaby Conrad, The Death of Manolete, Phoenix Books, 2007. ISBN 1-59777-548-7

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