Jess Franco

  • Birth Name: Jesús Franco Manera
  • Birth Place: Madrid, Spain
  • Died: April 2, 2013
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Cinematographer
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Fast Facts

  • Began composing music at age 6.
  • Wrote and published a novel before becoming a filmmaker.
  • A lover of jazz music, he sometimes worked under pseudonyms taken from jazz musicians, like Clifford Brown and James P. Johnson.
  • Often wrote his own scripts and worked as his own cameraman.
  • Was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific director in the world.
  • Had his own production company, Manacoa Films.


  • Lina Romay — Wife (deceased)


  • Attended Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográficas, Madrid, Spain; attended Sorbonne University, Paris, France
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