Constantino Romero, the immense voice that eclipsed the great actor

  • The presenter of ‘Time is gold’ died in 2013, five months after announcing his retirement

  • In addition to being a dubbing actor, he developed an interesting career in film and theater

  • Even today he is remembered as one of the best Spanish dubbers

On May 12, 2013 Constantino Romero passed awayone of the most popular television presenters and one of the most charismatic voice actors of our country: Darth Vader, Mufasa, Clint Eastwood, Roger Moore, Sean Connery o Arnold Schwarzenegger they are some of the ‘greats’ of cinema that we Spaniards got to know through their voices.

Five months after retirement

Romero developed one of the most complete careers in show business: presenter, voice actor, journalist, broadcaster and actor in films and plays by well-known authors.

He died in Barcelona, ​​at the age of 65, due to a neurological disease, just five months after announcing his retirement after 47 years in the media. On December 12, 2012, the presenter said goodbye to his fans through his Twitter account: “now retirement. Thanks for the affection. It’s been 47 years of work. And a whole life. Radio, TV, theater, dubbing. It has been worth it. A hug. That’s all folks!!” he added.

Raised in Barcelona

Although he lived most of his life in Catalonia, was born in Alcalá de Henareswhere his father worked as a prison official, in 1947. After spending his early childhood in the town of Madrid, with frequent getaways to Chinchilla (Albacete), the land of his mother, he moved to Barcelona with his family when he was nine years old.

He began his professional career as radio hostfirst in Radio Barcelonain 1965, and later in National Radio of Spain. In those years, he met Mario Gas and began to participate in non-professional productions of texts such as ‘Story of a ladder’, by Antonio Buero Vallejo, then a theatrical blockbuster; ‘Call an inspector’, by JB Priestley, and ‘Let the dogs bark’, by Sergio Vodanovic.

dubbing star

The dubbing sought the greatest professional successes by Constantine Romero. As a voice actor, he embodied top actors, from Roger Moore to Clint Eastwood, through Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sean Connery, in addition to his work in ‘Star Wars’, voicing Darth Vader; to Mufasa, from ‘The Lion King’ and Judge Frolo of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.

Even today, social networks remember him as the best voice actor of all time. Maruja Torres goes even further, praising the charisma of her voice.

Television: great contests

It was in 1985 when he made the leap to television with ‘I know you have a boyfriend.’ Popularity would come soon after, when he took the lead in the contest ‘The time is gold’, between 1987 and 1992. He was also a presenter of ‘Pass word’. In 2002 he was signed by Castile-La Mancha Televisionwhere he led numerous spaces.

He was the narrator of galas and big events like the JBarcelona 1992 Olympic Games and the historical Wedding of Charles of England and Lady Diana Spencer. In addition, he was the voice of many announcements.

Cinema: his passion for film noir

The interpretation It was another of his great passions. As an actor, he participated in the films ‘The hidden truth’, directed by Carlo Benpar, and ‘Dí que si’ (Juan Calvo).

The film noir It was the genre in which felt more comfortable. Thus, he worked in ‘Olimpicament mort’, where he played the role of detective Pepe Carvalho; ‘Lola’, by Bigas Luna; ‘La veritat oculta’, by Carlos Balagué, or, more recently, ‘Héroes’, by Paul Freixas.

Theater: when the voice could with the actor

It was the best of him. But she also imposed certain limitations. The power of Constantino Romero’s voice, so important in actors, cannibalized which could have been a huge acting career. Even so, she participated in important theatrical productions, such as his debut in ‘La opera de perra gorda’, a title by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, with which Mario Gas, his friend from adolescencewas consecrated.

Other important theater works were the musical ‘Sweeney Todd’, by Stephen Sondheim, and ‘A Little Night Music’, another musical, a genre with which Romero felt especially comfortable.

not just musicals

He also dared with other theatrical genres. rosemary received very good reviews for his work on ‘No Hay Burlas con Calderón’, a style exercise created by Ángel Facio with the Centro Dramático Nacional in which the action of Calderón de la Barca’s works moved to the end of the 19th century, the golden age of vaudeville.

One of his last stage jobs was in ‘Beaumarchais’, by Sacha Gitry, under the orders of José María Flotats, a work in which he became Benjamin Franklin and also Campistron, president of the Académie Française. Furthermore, he intervened as storyteller in ‘Ai Malvina’ (Recital de Dame Gweneth Jones), at the Liceo de Barcelona, ​​and in ‘Peter and the Wolf’by Prokofiev, directed by Sergiu Comissiona, at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid.

“When love ends…”

Constantino Romero did not run out of love. in 1974 married Joana Vila, with whom he lived until his death. Those who knew him say of him that she was a kind person, professional, tireless (you just have to see your work sheet) and With feet on the ground. He never got off steam Nor did he fall into the temptation of believing himself to be like the characters he played, whether with his whole body or just with his prodigious voice.

But he did like to remember the phrase of his character in ‘La Ronda’, in which he participated again directed by Mario Gas. “The past does not exist; the future is uncertain; the present, evanescentand love, when it’s over… it’s over”, he often said. In addition to the public’s affection, which remains to this day, Constantino Romero won an Antena de Oro and two TP de Oro. In 1975, Cadena SER rated him as “The Voice of Spain”. And today, almost all of us who remember him continue to think of him that way.