Famous people from Madrid


I have always been drawn to the dangers and fascinations of 17th century Spain, to its narrow and poorly lit alleyways, its taverns, its brothels and its gambling dens, a time when Madrid was at the heart of a Europe at war, and the capital of the greatest empire in the world.

This Spanish novelist and journalist is the most frequently translated contemporary author. His novels, such as 'The Flanders Panel', 'The Club Dumas' (on which Roman Polanski's 1999 film 'The Ninth Gate' was based),
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He was a Spanish Baroque painter acclaimed by King Philip IV as his court artist. Born in Seville, he showed a talent for painting from his early years and studied under notable teachers. In 1622, he travelled to Madrid as the king's court painter. King Philip died in December of that same year, but Velázquez had a chance to paint his portrait. Apart from two trips to Italy, he lived in Madrid for the rest of his life.
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Madrid has none of the look that you expect of Spain... yet when you get to know it, it is the most Spanish of all cities, the best to live in, the finest people, month in month out, the finest climate...

Hemingway was definitely a giant in literature. His famous simple prose style has inspired generations of writers. In 1954, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His celebrated novels include 'The Torrents of Spring' (1925),
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If anyone could catch a denful of Hobgoblins and were to show it in a cage at 10 o'clock in the morning in the Puerto del Sol, he would need no other inheritance.

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was a Spanish painter and printmaker who spent several years in Madrid, supported by the royal family. He was born in the village of Fuendetodos, not far from Sarragossa, where he took his first painting lessons.
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Iker Casillas is the current goalkeeper of the most successful football club in the world, Real Madrid, and captain of the Spanish national team. Regarded as one of the greatest talents in contemporary football, Casillas has spent his entire career with Real Madrid. He entered the club at the age of nine, passed through all children’s and youth teams and established himself as the first-choice keeper in 1999. In these years the Spaniard broke a number of records,
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...that simple Spanish vibration is the face of chaos.

Born in Madrid, José Ortega y Gasset was a philosopher with significant influence, especially on Existentialists and Martin Heidegger. He was educated at the Jesuit Fathers of San Estanislao in Miraflores del Palo in Malaga, then studied for a year in Bilbao, and from 1898 to 1904 he studied philosophy at Complutense University in Madrid, where he received a doctorate. He spent two years at German universities,
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Born in the Spanish province of Cantabria and raised in Bilbao, Leonardo Torres Quevedo was a mathematician and engineer. He studied for two years in Paris, and upon his return, his father, a railway engineer, had to move to Madrid, taking his family along with him. Soon after, Leonardo was enrolled at the Official School of the Road Engineers' Corps. After graduation, he went on a long trip across Europe to deepen his interests in scientific advances and electricity.
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Bunuel was born in Calanda, a little village in the Spanish province of Teruel, and studied in Madrid, where he befriended fellow student Salvador Dali. Together, they collaborated on Bunuel's first film project as director, titled 'Un Chien Andalou' (An Andalusian Dog, 1929). The two worked together again the following year to make another purely Surrealist motion picture, 'L1Age d'Or'. With Bunuel's filmmaking career launched, he went on to direct many films, and several great and memorable ones,
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Her real name is María de los Ángeles Santamaría Espinosa, and she’s a Madrid-born singer who’s mostly famous for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968. Her song 'La la la' beat out even Cliff Richard's 'Congratulations'. That same year, the singer also starred in the film 'Cantando a la Vida'. In 1977, Massiel released the album 'Baladas Y Canciones De Bertolt Brecht', featuring Spanish versions of Brecht's songs to Kurt Weil's music. She was also very popular in the 1980s thanks to such songs as 'El Amor',
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The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?

Pablo Casals was a Catalan cellist of an international renown. He was born in El Vendrell in the Tarragona Province as the son of an organist and a choirmaster. As a result, from early childhood he learned how to play the violin, piano and flute. In 1888, he went with his mother to Barcelona, where he studied cello and piano at the prominent Escola Municipal de Música.
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Starting with the idea of a realistic film, I wanted to place the film in a very clear context and space. For example, you do see junkies in the streets of Madrid, just like in the film.

Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is an internationally recognised film director, screenwriter and producer, the most successful in today's Spain. Born to a poor family in the province of Castile-La Mancha, at the age of 8 he was sent to a religious boarding school in the city of Cáceres.
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Born in Madrid, Calderón was a notable poet and playwright. Considered a successor of Lope de Vega, he played a significant role in the Spanish Golden Age of theatre. Educated by Jesuit monks at the Collegio Imprerial, he later studied law in Salamanca and later even became a soldier. In his early twenties, he was successful in several poetry competitions held in the capital to honour St. Isidore, and he also made his debut as dramatist during this period.
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I'm happy with the way things are going, because I've been working for 11 years in my country and now I'm making a movie in Madrid in Spanish.

Born in the capital of Spain, Penélope Cruz was originally a dancer and star of Spanish television, eventually gaining international celebrity status as a Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress. She studied classical ballet at Spain's National Conservatory for nine years. After winning a competition, she became a part-time fashion model.
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Being one of the Three Tenors, his strong voice is recognised all over the world, not least in his native Madrid. When Plácido Domingo was only eight, he moved with his family to Mexico, where he studied at the National Conservatory in the capital. Having learned piano and conducting, he started his career as an actor, appearing for the first time on stage in 1959 at the Teatro Degollado. The time for his operatic debut came in 1962,
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Barcelona and Madrid are the two most important clubs in Spain, and they have always been huge rivals.

This Spanish football player is called by his fans the Angel of Madrid, or simply Raúl. Born in the city's suburb Marconi de San Cristóbal de los Ángeles, he devoted his talent to the capital of Spain as well as to the national team. Beginning in 1990, he played in two local youth teams, only to join Real Madrid in 1994.
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His name is associated with the prominent history of the Real Madrid football club. Santiago Yeste was born in Almansa in the province of Albacete, but soon after his family moved to Madrid, where he enjoyed watching matches. At the age of 14, he was already playing in the Real Madrid junior ranks. Later on, he was a successful first-team striker, and even the captain for several years, until he retired in 1927. Nevertheless, he remained active as a director and manager until the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
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The Nobel Prize holder for medicine, Santiago Ramón Cajal was born in Petilla in Aragon. As his father was a Professor of Applied Anatomy in the University of Saragossa, Santiago, despite his artistic talents, studied at the medical school, graduating in 1873. Soon after, he became a medical officer in the Spanish Army. Between 1874 and 1875, he participated in an expedition to Cuba. Appointed Professor of Descriptive and General Anatomy at Valencia in 1883, Ramón Cajal obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Madrid four years later.
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He was one of the most profound Spanish philosophers of the 20th Century, who created his own complete metaphysical system. Born in San Sebastián, he moved to Madrid to study under such mentors as Angel Amor Ruibal, García Morente, José Ortega y Gasset and Julio Palacios. He also attended the University of Louvain and the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1926, after winning a competition, Zubiri became chair of the History of Philosophy Department at the University of Madrid.
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