Alfonso Arau

About Alfonso Arau

Who is it?: Actor, Director, Writer
Birth Day: January 11, 1932
Birth Place:  Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Mexico
Occupation: Actor, producer, director, writer
Years active: 1954–present
Notable work: ¡Three Amigos!
Spouse(s): Laura Esquivel (m. 1975; div. 1995)
Children: 3, including Fernando and Sergio Arau

Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau was born on January 11, 1932 in  Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Mexico, is Actor, Director, Writer. Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. He was a drama disciple of Seki Sano--a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strasberg with Konstantin Stanislavski in Russia--and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show, "Pantomime Happy Madness", after studying with Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq in Paris.A renowned writer-producer-director-actor in theater and films for more than 20 years, in 1969 he directed his first feature film, El águila descalza (1971), in which he also starred. He has directed many films in Mexico, among them Calzonzín inspector (1974) and Mojado Power (1981). He has received six Arieles--the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar--and numerous international film awards.Arau has acted in a number of Mexican and Hollywood films, including The Wild Bunch (1969), El Topo (1970), Mojado Power (1981), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Committed (2000). In addition to Como agua para chocolate (1992), his directing credits include Dao Buoc Tren May (1995) with Keanu Reeves and Picking Up the Pieces (2000) with Woody Allen. For television he has done The Magnificent Ambersons (2002), based on the script of Orson Welles' film version (The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) and the novel by Booth Tarkington.
Alfonso Arau is a member of Actor

Does Alfonso Arau Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Alfonso Arau is still alive (as per Wikipedia, Last update: May 10, 2020).

🎂 Alfonso Arau - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

Currently, Alfonso Arau is 92 years, 3 months and 3 days old. Alfonso Arau will celebrate 93rd birthday on a Saturday 11th of January 2025. Below we countdown to Alfonso Arau upcoming birthday.

Popular As Alfonso Arau
Occupation Actor
Age 92 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 11, 1932 ( Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Mexico)
Birthday January 11
Town/City  Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Mexico
Nationality Mexico

🌙 Zodiac

Alfonso Arau’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Alfonso Arau was born in the Year of the Monkey. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

Some Alfonso Arau images



Arau was born in Mexico City, the son of a Doctor. He directed the films Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (adapted from the novel written by his ex-wife Laura Esquivel), A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame production A Painted House, adapted from the John Grisham novel of the same name. Among a plethora of roles in his career, Arau has played "Captain Herrera", a lieutenant of Federal general "Mapache", in Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western, The Wild Bunch, chief bandit "El Guapo" in Three Amigos (USA, 1986), a comedy with Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase, shady businessman Manuel in the comedy Used Cars (USA, 1980), and the smuggler "Juan" in Romancing the Stone which starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Arau appeared in the 1972 Mexican film El rincón de las vírgenes ("The Virgins' Corner"), where he played the assistant of a fake mystical Doctor traveling from town to town, who Reminisce about their travels, when a group of women decide to propose the Doctor for sainthood. The movie was set in 1920s rural Mexico.


Arau has made many appearances as a character actor in American and TV series and plays. In the 1972 episode of Gunsmoke titled "Hidalgo", Arau portrayed the bandit "Mando" who shoots and wounds marshal Matt Dillon.


In 1973, Arau acted in and directed Calzónzin Inspector ("Cazonci" or "Caltzontzin" was the term used in the Purépecha culture, to name their emperors), a movie based on a character from the Mexican comic Los Supermachos of Rius, a Cartoonist, who co-wrote the screenplay. The movie, which is influenced by Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, centers around two Mexicans who are mistaken for government inspectors from Mexico City by the corrupt mayor of a small town. It is a humorous political critique, aimed squarely at the then ruling party Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and its paramilitary caciques, at a time when freedom of speech in politics was highly restricted. There are at least two versions of the movie, with one having some scenes deleted by State censors, the most notable of which depicts the killing of a renegade farmer by a police officer, who shoots the farmer in the back.


In December 2004, the Santa Fe Film Festival honored Alfonso Arau for his work in cinema.


In 2010 he directed the Italian-language film, The Trick in the Sheet.


In January 2011, he starred in Chad, Matt & Rob's "The Treasure Hunt: An Interactive Adventure."

Alfonso Arau trend