Born in Madrid, Spain on December 30, 1911, Rafel Luis Calvo Muñoz was the nephew of actor Ricardo Calvo (Rafael Calvo Ruiz de Morales) [1911-1966] and the older brother of writer, actor Eduardo Calvo (Eduardo Calvo Muñoz) [1918-1992. His career began shortly after the Spanish Civil War and he would go on to appear in over four dozen films, TV appearances but mainly as a Spanish voice dubber from 1944-1988. With his rich deep voice he was often called upon to provide the Spanish voice of such Hollywood stars as tars like Stewart Granger, Clark Gable (among others in What the wind took), John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck and Curd Jürgens, while also doubling himself in the films he played in co-production.
On September 28, 1964, while traveling on the Madrid-Barcelona highway, Calvo was involved in a terrible accident when his vehicle hit a bus that was coming in the opposite direction in the curve of entry to Calatayud. After suffering serious injuries he had to abandon his career as an actor and at the end of 1964 decided to dedicate himself solely and exclusively to the dubbing of films, in which he had already acquired a great reputation from years before. One of his last works was the dubbing of the Master Jonc in the TV series of the TV ‘Los aurones’ (1987-88). Shortly before, he had been awarded an honorary prize for Lifetime Achievement which he received from the Golden Lecterns.
Rafael Luis Calvo died in Barcelona, Spain on December 9, 1988.
CALVO, Rafael Luis (aka Rafael L. Calvo, Ralph Calvo, Raphael Luis Calvo) (Rafael Luis Calvo Muñoz) [12/30/1911, Madrid, Madrid, Spain – 12/9/1988, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain] – film, TV, voice actor, son of actor Rafael Calvo (Rafael Calvo Ruiz de Morales) [1911-1966], nephew of actor Ricardo Calvo (Ricardo Calvo Agosti) [1875-1966], brother of writer, actor Eduardo Calvo (Eduardo Calvo Muñoz) [1918-1992].
The Terrible Sheriff – 1962 (Tornado)
Frontier Hellcat – 1964 [Spanish voice of Walter Barnes]
Winnetou II – 1964 [Spanish voice of Renato Baldini]
Ballad of a Bounty Hunter – 1965 (White Feather) [as Ralph Calvo]
In a Colt’s Shadow – 1965 [Spanish voice of Pepe Calvo]
Who Killed Johnny R? – 1966 [Spanish voice of Joachim Fuchsberger]
Custer of the West – 1967 [Spanish voice of Lawrence Tierney]
Guns for San Sebastian – 1968 [Spanish voice of Fernand Gravey]
Payment in Blood – 1968 [Spanish voice of Guy Madison]
Drop Them or I'll Shoot – 1969 [Spanish voice of Mario Castellani]
Sabata – 1969 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
The Five-Man Army – 1970 [Spanish voice of James Daly]
Cannon for Cordoba – 1971 [Spanish voice of John Larch]
The Deserter – 1971 [Spanish voice of John Huston]
Four Candles for My Colt – 1971 [Spanish voice of Chris Huerta]
Long Live ... Your Death! – 1971 [Spanish voice of Eduardo Fajardo]
Return of Sabata – 1971 [Spanish voice of John Bartha]
Catlow – 1972 [Spanish voice of José Nieto]
El Condor – 1972 [Spanish voice of Patrick O’Neal]
Jesse and Lester, Two Brothers in a Town Called Trinity – 1972 [Spanish voice of Aldo Cecconio]
A Man Called Sledge – 1972 [Spanish voice of Riccardo Garrone]
Valdez is Coming – 1972 [Spanish voice of Phil Brown]
Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears – 1973 [Antonino Faa di Bruno]
Billy Two Hats – 1974 [Spanish voice of Gregory Peck]
Challenge to White Fang – 1974 [Spanish voice of Harry Carey]
The White, the Yellow, the Black – 1975 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Robledo]
Montana Trap – 1976 [Spanish voice of Lugareno]