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José Jaspe

Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:05

José Jaspe in La Venere dei pirati (1960)
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José Jaspe Rivas was a Spanish character actor whose film career spanned from 1941 until his death 33 years later. He was born on August 10th 1906 in A Coruña, Spain. He died following surgery for cancer, aged 67, in Becerril de la Sierra on June 5th 1974, where he is buried and has a square named in his honour.

José began his acting career as a child in the theatre. In the 1930’s he met Spanish actress Mercedes Vecino, 10 years his junior, whom he married in Valladolid on 28th September 1939. He began his film career playing supporting roles in a succession of films where his wife was the star. After they separated, around 1945 (though never divorced, since that was illegal in Spain at the time), José established himself as a reliable supporting character actor in everything from historical dramas to slapstick comedies.

Around 1953 José relocated to Italy, living in Rome in the San Giovanni neighbourhood, where he found steady work in the booming film industry for the next decade. After he moved back to Spain, around 1964, he became a regular feature in the spaghetti western genre, and continued to work in productions shot all over Europe until his death.

I have been the moderator for José’s tribute page on Facebook for some years now and through my work there I have become friends with his grandson, Giulio. I am very grateful to Giulio, and to his mother Mercedes, daughter of José and Mercedes Vecino, for their support and help in providing information for this biography.

I hope this filmography is fairly complete, but since I have found undocumented appearances by José in both Spanish and Italian productions then I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that there may still be a few more roles to be discovered.

[1] José Jaspe tribute page on Facebook
[1] José's profile on the Enciclopedia del Cine Español website

FILMOGRAPHY
1942
  1. El pobre rico (credited?) .... role?
  2. La culpa del otro (credited) .... Patrón
  3. Los ladrones somos gente honrada (credited) .... Pelirojo

    1943
  4. Boda accidentada (credited) .... Mario
  5. El abanderado (credited) .... Malasaña
  6. Mi fantástica esposa (credited as Pepe Jaspe) .... Friend of Isidoro
  7. Un enredo de familia (credited) .... Domingo

    1944
  8. El sobrino de don Buffalo Bill (poster credit) .... Puñales
  9. Paraíso sin Eva (poster credit) .... role?

    1945
  10. El fantasma y Doña Juanita (credited) .... Amaru
  11. Su última noche (poster credit) .... Enrique

    1946
  12. El otro Fu-Man-Chú (poster credit) .... role?
  13. El pirata Bocanegra (poster credit) .... Captain Sosa
  14. La pródiga (credited) .... Count of Zuera
  15. María Fernanda, la Jerezana (credited) .... Ricardo Prado Rey
  16. Un ladrón de guante blanco (poster image) .... Star

    1947
  17. Cuatro mujeres (credited) .... Nightclub owner
  18. Don Quijote de la Mancha (uncredited) .... Leader of the chain gang
  19. Dulcinea (poster credit) .... Chiquirnaque
  20. Héroes del 95 (credited) .... Domingo
  21. La dama del armiño (credited) .... Andres
  22. La nao capitana (credited) .... Sailor
  23. La Princesa de los Ursinos (credited) .... Truhán
  24. Las inquietudes de Shanti Andía (credited) .... Chim
  25. Reina santa (uncredited) .... Estavao

    1948
  26. Brindis a Manolete (credited) .... Heavy in the bar
  27. La calle sin sol (uncredited) .... Sailor
  28. Las aguas bajan negras (credited) .... Pluton
  29. Póker de ases (credited) .... Pardo Leiva
  30. Pototo, Boliche y Compañía (poster credit) .... role?

    1949
  31. El sótano (credited) .... Enrique Bennett
  32. La duquesa de Benamejí (credited) .... Bandolero
  33. Paz (credited) .... Official of the Eastern forces

    1950
  34. Agustina de Aragón (credited) .... French captain
  35. Black Jack (credited) .... José

    1951
  36. Alba de América (Cristóbal Colón) (credited) .... Sailor with Columbus
  37. La leona de Castilla (credited) .... Juan Bravo

    1952
  38. La llamada de África (credited) .... Majayu

    1953
  39. Carmen proibita (poster credit) .... Tuerto
  40. Condannatelo! (poster credit) .... Ferdinando
  41. Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (credited) .... Crosio
  42. Musoduro (poster credit) .... Security guard

    1954
  43. Divisione folgore (credited) .... Mario Salvi
  44. La grande speranza (credited) .... Fernandez
  45. Ultima illusione (poster credit) .... Film producer

    1955
  46. I quattro del getto tonante (credited) .... Marshall Alberti

    1956
  47. Saranno uomini (poster credit) .... role?

    1957
  48. Classe di ferro (poster credit) .... Filadelfio

    1958
  49. El Alamein (uncredited) .... Soldier (re-used footage)
  50. Gli italiani sono matti (poster credit) .... role?
  51. La sfida (credited) .... Don Fernando Ajello
  52. Gambe d'oro (credited) .... Spy

    1959
  53. I cavalieri del diavolo (credited) .... Jermaine
  54. Il cavaliere senza terra (poster credit) .... role?
  55. La congiura dei Borgia (poster credit) .... Faconetto
  56. La notte del grande assalto (credited) .... Tacca
  57. Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) (credited) .... Sergeant
  58. Noi siamo due evasi (credited) .... Prison officer
  59. Poveri milionari (credited) .... Department store floor manager

    1960
  60. Apocalisse sul fiume giallo (credited) .... Slansky
  61. I teddy boys della canzone (credited) .... Sergeant
  62. La Venere dei pirati (credited) .... Captain Mirko
  63. Mobby Jackson (poster credit) .... role?
  64. Schiave bianche (poster credit) .... role?

    1961
  65. Capitani di ventura (credited) .... Leonardo della Cagnotta
  66. Gordon il pirata nero (credited) .... Captain Tortuga
  67. Il conquistatore di Corinto (credited) .... Traitor
  68. Scano Boa (credited) .... Patriarch of fishing community
  69. Spade senza bandiera (credited) .... Priest

    1962
  70. L'arciere delle mille e una notte (uncredited) .... Sabrath

    1963
  71. Il segno del Coyote (credited) .... Lugones brother
  72. Le verdi bandiere di Allah (credited) .... Calebas

    1964
  73. Anthar l'invincibile (credited) .... Akrim
  74. Cyrano e d'Artagnan (credited) .... Assistant to Laubardemont
  75. I due violenti (credited) .... Mortimer
  76. Il trionfo dei dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Messenger
  77. Il tulipano nero (La tulipe noire) (credited) .... Brignon
  78. Scappamento aperto (Échappement libre) (uncredited) .... Libanos
  79. The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Barbarian leader
  80. Totò contro il pirata nero (uncredited) .... Pirate (old footage)

    1965
  81. Corpo a corpo (L'arme à gauche) (credited) .... José
  82. Doctor Zhivago (uncredited) .... Man who fires the first shot
  83. I 4 inesorabili (credited) .... Baxter
  84. I grandi condottieri (credited as Jose Jaspes) .... Zebah
  85. Solo contro tutti (credited?) .... role?

    1966
  86. El rojo (credited) .... José Garibaldi
  87. Layton... bambole e karaté (credited as Jose Jaspes) .... Secret service agent
  88. Savage Pampas (credited) .... Private Luis
  89. Un colpo da mille miliardi (credited) .... The Turk

    1967
  90. La casa de las mil muñecas (credited) .... Ahmed
  91. Le avventure e gli amori di Miguel Cervantes (credited) .... Turkish official

    1968
  92. Killer, adios (credited) .... Bob Elliott
  93. Krakatoa: East of Java (credited) .... Ship crew member
  94. Ringo, il cavaliere solitario (credited) .... Zachary Hutchinson
  95. Una pistola per cento bare (credited) .... David
  96. Uno dopo l'altro (credited?) .... Pablo
  97. Uno straniero a Paso Bravo (credited) .... Paquito

    1969
  98. I vigliacchi non pregano (credited) .... Phil
  99. Tempo di Charleston - Chicago 1929 (credited) .... Truck driver
  100. Zorro il dominatore (credited) .... The governor

    1970
  101. Ancora dollari per i MacGregor (credited) .... Sheriff of Jonesville
  102. La salamandra del deserto (uncredited) .... Hirah
  103. Pierna creciente, falda menguante (credited) .... Patriarch
  104. Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana (credited) .... General Monk

    1971
  105. La via del rhum (Boulevard du Rhum) (credited) .... Mobster
  106. Sole rosso (uncredited) .... Train driver
  107. ¡Viva la muerte... tua! (credited) .... The old man

    1972
  108. Horror Express (credited) .... Konev
  109. I senza Dio (credited as Jose Rivas Jaspe) .... Curpancho
  110. Marinela (credited) .... Sr. Centeno
  111. Treasure Island (uncredited) .... Tommy

    1973
  112. L'isola misteriosa e il capitano Nemo (TV mini-series) (uncredited) .... Pirate
  113. Lo chiamavano Mezzogiorno (credited) .... Henneker
  114. Tutti per uno botte per tutti (uncredited) .... Whistling man

    1974
  115. La loba y la Paloma (credited) .... Acebo
  116. La noche de la furia (credited as Joseph Jaspe) .... Sheriff
  117. Pasqualino Cammarata... capitano di fregata (credited) .... Motor cycle salesman

More José!
There are a few additional titles for José, mostly Spanish titles from the 40's, where I have been unable to find images or credits, so if anybody has any of these please fill in the gaps
  • El sobre lacrado (1941) I believe this was José's film debut, however the film is impossible to find and he does not appear in any of the available publicity. Jose is listed in the cast on the Enciclopedia del Cine Español website (which I will refer to as EdCE for other titles)
  • Pánico en el transatlántico (1942) This one is a "short", listed on IMDb
  • El rey de las finanzas (1944) Listed on EdCE, he should play the role of "Canadiense" (The Canadian). This was his final film with Mercedes Vecino.
  • Tierra sedienta (1945) Listed on EdCE, role uncertain
  • Viento de siglos (1945) Listed on EdCE, role uncertain
  • Luis Candelas, el ladrón de Madrid (1947) Listed on EdCE, role uncertain
  • La próxima vez que vivamos (1948) Listed on EdCE, role uncertain
  • Fuego (1949) Listed on IMDb, role uncertain
  • La manigua sin dios (1949) Listed on EdCE, role uncertain
  • Noventa minutos (1949) Listed on EdCE, as Sr. Dupont. A clip on You Tube shows a screening of a restored version of this film from 2018, however this restoration does not appear to have had any DVD release or TV screening.
  • Mamma perdonami! (1953) Listed on EdCE, as Enrico
  • Operazione notte (1953) Listed on ANICA, role uncertain
  • Playgirl '70 (1969) Listed on IMDb, role uncertain
  • Graf Luckner (1973) TV series, season 3, episode 2: Die Strandräuber Listed on IMDb, as Kaliris
  • Im Auftrag von Madame (1975) TV series, season 3, episode 11: Der Scheinwerfer Listed on IMDb, as Bank director
  • Sergeant Berry (1975) TV series, season 2, episode 8: ... und wieder ein Zufall Listed on IMDb, as Smilinsky
No way José!
There always has to be one! Films where José is credited somewhere online, but is not found.
  • Saul e David (1964) IMDb with no role given.
  • Thompson 1880 (1966) Listed on various spaghetti western websites
  • Comanche blanco (1968) IMDb with no role given.

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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:14

Los ladrones somos gente honrada (1942) credited, as Pelirojo
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:21

La culpa del otro (1942) credited, as Patrón
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:26

El pobre rico (1942) role uncertain. I haven't found the film, but José can be seen on the left in this image (found on the Alarmy website)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:34

Boda accidentada (1943) credited, as Mario. He is seen here in several images with his wife, Mercedes Vecino.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:42

Un enredo de familia (1943) credited, as Domingo. This was one of several "racial" roles played by José which would today be considered politically inappropriate.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 10:47

El abanderado (1943) credited, as Malasaña
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 11:02

Mi fantástica esposa (1943) credited as Pepe Jaspe, as Friend of Isidoro (he must have a character name, but I didn't manage to catch it). This was his first film without Mercedes Vecino.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 11:13

Paraíso sin Eva (1944) credited on posters, on one simply as "Jaspe", role uncertain
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Post by PeplumParadise » 31/03/2020, 11:18

El sobrino de don Buffalo Bill (1944) credited and pictured on publicity, as Puñales (role to be confirmed).
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