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.
 José Jaspe tribute page on Facebook
 José's profile on the Enciclopedia del Cine Español website
- El pobre rico (credited?) .... role?
- La culpa del otro (credited) .... Patrón
- Los ladrones somos gente honrada (credited) .... Pelirojo
- Boda accidentada (credited) .... Mario
- El abanderado (credited) .... Malasaña
- Mi fantástica esposa (credited as Pepe Jaspe) .... Friend of Isidoro
- Un enredo de familia (credited) .... Domingo
- El sobrino de don Buffalo Bill (poster credit) .... Puñales
- Paraíso sin Eva (poster credit) .... role?
- El fantasma y Doña Juanita (credited) .... Amaru
- Su última noche (poster credit) .... Enrique
- El otro Fu-Man-Chú (poster credit) .... role?
- El pirata Bocanegra (poster credit) .... Captain Sosa
- La pródiga (credited) .... Count of Zuera
- María Fernanda, la Jerezana (credited) .... Ricardo Prado Rey
- Un ladrón de guante blanco (poster image) .... Star
- Cuatro mujeres (credited) .... Nightclub owner
- Don Quijote de la Mancha (uncredited) .... Leader of the chain gang
- Dulcinea (poster credit) .... Chiquirnaque
- Héroes del 95 (credited) .... Domingo
- La dama del armiño (credited) .... Andres
- La nao capitana (credited) .... Sailor
- La Princesa de los Ursinos (credited) .... Truhán
- Las inquietudes de Shanti Andía (credited) .... Chim
- Reina santa (uncredited) .... Estavao
- Brindis a Manolete (credited) .... Heavy in the bar
- La calle sin sol (uncredited) .... Sailor
- Las aguas bajan negras (credited) .... Pluton
- Póker de ases (credited) .... Pardo Leiva
- Pototo, Boliche y Compañía (poster credit) .... role?
- El sótano (credited) .... Enrique Bennett
- La duquesa de Benamejí (credited) .... Bandolero
- Paz (credited) .... Official of the Eastern forces
- Agustina de Aragón (credited) .... French captain
- Black Jack (credited) .... José
- Alba de América (Cristóbal Colón) (credited) .... Sailor with Columbus
- La leona de Castilla (credited) .... Juan Bravo
- La llamada de África (credited) .... Majayu
- Carmen proibita (poster credit) .... Tuerto
- Condannatelo! (poster credit) .... Ferdinando
- Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (credited) .... Crosio
- Musoduro (poster credit) .... Security guard
- Divisione folgore (credited) .... Mario Salvi
- La grande speranza (credited) .... Fernandez
- Ultima illusione (poster credit) .... Film producer
- I quattro del getto tonante (credited) .... Marshall Alberti
- Saranno uomini (poster credit) .... role?
- Classe di ferro (poster credit) .... Filadelfio
- El Alamein (uncredited) .... Soldier (re-used footage)
- Gli italiani sono matti (poster credit) .... role?
- La sfida (credited) .... Don Fernando Ajello
- Gambe d'oro (credited) .... Spy
- I cavalieri del diavolo (credited) .... Jermaine
- Il cavaliere senza terra (poster credit) .... role?
- La congiura dei Borgia (poster credit) .... Faconetto
- La notte del grande assalto (credited) .... Tacca
- Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) (credited) .... Sergeant
- Noi siamo due evasi (credited) .... Prison officer
- Poveri milionari (credited) .... Department store floor manager
- Apocalisse sul fiume giallo (credited) .... Slansky
- I teddy boys della canzone (credited) .... Sergeant
- La Venere dei pirati (credited) .... Captain Mirko
- Mobby Jackson (poster credit) .... role?
- Schiave bianche (poster credit) .... role?
- Capitani di ventura (credited) .... Leonardo della Cagnotta
- Gordon il pirata nero (credited) .... Captain Tortuga
- Il conquistatore di Corinto (credited) .... Traitor
- Scano Boa (credited) .... Patriarch of fishing community
- Spade senza bandiera (credited) .... Priest
- L'arciere delle mille e una notte (uncredited) .... Sabrath
- Il segno del Coyote (credited) .... Lugones brother
- Le verdi bandiere di Allah (credited) .... Calebas
- Anthar l'invincibile (credited) .... Akrim
- Cyrano e d'Artagnan (credited) .... Assistant to Laubardemont
- I due violenti (credited) .... Mortimer
- Il trionfo dei dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Messenger
- Il tulipano nero (La tulipe noire) (credited) .... Brignon
- Scappamento aperto (Échappement libre) (uncredited) .... Libanos
- The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Barbarian leader
- Totò contro il pirata nero (uncredited) .... Pirate (old footage)
- Corpo a corpo (L'arme à gauche) (credited) .... José
- Doctor Zhivago (uncredited) .... Man who fires the first shot
- I 4 inesorabili (credited) .... Baxter
- I grandi condottieri (credited as Jose Jaspes) .... Zebah
- Solo contro tutti (credited?) .... role?
- El rojo (credited) .... José Garibaldi
- Layton... bambole e karaté (credited as Jose Jaspes) .... Secret service agent
- Savage Pampas (credited) .... Private Luis
- Un colpo da mille miliardi (credited) .... The Turk
- La casa de las mil muñecas (credited) .... Ahmed
- Le avventure e gli amori di Miguel Cervantes (credited) .... Turkish official
- Killer, adios (credited) .... Bob Elliott
- Krakatoa: East of Java (credited) .... Ship crew member
- Ringo, il cavaliere solitario (credited) .... Zachary Hutchinson
- Una pistola per cento bare (credited) .... David
- Uno dopo l'altro (credited?) .... Pablo
- Uno straniero a Paso Bravo (credited) .... Paquito
- I vigliacchi non pregano (credited) .... Phil
- Tempo di Charleston - Chicago 1929 (credited) .... Truck driver
- Zorro il dominatore (credited) .... The governor
- Ancora dollari per i MacGregor (credited) .... Sheriff of Jonesville
- La salamandra del deserto (uncredited) .... Hirah
- Pierna creciente, falda menguante (credited) .... Patriarch
- Una nuvola di polvere... un grido di morte... arriva Sartana (credited) .... General Monk
- La via del rhum (Boulevard du Rhum) (credited) .... Mobster
- Sole rosso (uncredited) .... Train driver
- ¡Viva la muerte... tua! (credited) .... The old man
- Horror Express (credited) .... Konev
- I senza Dio (credited as Jose Rivas Jaspe) .... Curpancho
- Marinela (credited) .... Sr. Centeno
- Treasure Island (uncredited) .... Tommy
- L'isola misteriosa e il capitano Nemo (TV mini-series) (uncredited) .... Pirate
- Lo chiamavano Mezzogiorno (credited) .... Henneker
- Tutti per uno botte per tutti (uncredited) .... Whistling man
- La loba y la Paloma (credited) .... Acebo
- La noche de la furia (credited as Joseph Jaspe) .... Sheriff
- Pasqualino Cammarata... capitano di fregata (credited) .... Motor cycle salesman
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
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.