Spanish actor Jose Crespo, who appeared in early Hollywood talkies with such notables as Dolores Del Rio, died March 19 of natural causes in Murcia, Spain. He was 96.
A native of Murcia, Crespo began his career in the theater in Madrid. He became a leading man in Catalina Barcena’s company and toured many Latin American countries before arriving in America in 1926.
After a successful run in Los Angeles, he was discovered by the studios, and went on to appear in such films as “Revenge” (1929), starring Del Rio, and “Rascals” (1938), a musical starring Jane Withers. He also starred in “Revenge at Monte Carlo” (1933).
After spending many years in Spanish theater in New York, Crespo returned to Madrid in 1967. His final film was “El Libro del Buen Amor II” (1976).