- 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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