Known for movies

Short Info

DiedApril 22, 1616, Madrid, Spain
SpouseCatalina de Salazar y Palacios
FactHis actual date of birth is unknown, but it is generally assumed it was on September 30.


Miguel de Cervantes was born on September 29, 1547, in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. His father, Rodrigo de Cervantes, was a barber-surgeon. His mother, Leonor de Cortinas, was a native of Arganda del Rey. Cervantes had two sisters, Andrea and Magdalena. His family’s coat of arms included the image of a hound, which may have inspired the name of Cervantes’ most famous character, Don Quixote.

Cervantes was baptized on October 9, 1547. He began his education at the age of seven, studying at a local Jesuit school. He later attended the University of Salamanca, but did not complete his degree.

In 1569, Cervantes enlisted in the Spanish Navy. He served for four years, seeing action in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. In 1575, he was wounded and captured by pirates while serving in the Mediterranean. He was held captive for five years before being ransomed by his family.

After his return to Spain, Cervantes began writing plays. His first play, Los tratos de Argel (The Trials of Algiers), was a critical and commercial failure. Undeterred, Cervantes continued to write. In 1584, he published a collection of short stories entitled Exemplary Stories.

In 1605, Cervantes published the first part of Don Quixote, which was an instant success. The second part was published in 1615. Don Quixote is considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written and cemented Cervantes’ place as one of the most important authors in history.

Cervantes died on April 23, 1616, at the age of 69. He is buried in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid.

Today, Miguel de Cervantes is widely considered one of the greatest authors in history. His masterpiece, Don Quixote, has been translated into more than 100 languages and has never been out of print.

General Info

Full NameMiguel de Cervantes
DiedApril 22, 1616, Madrid, Spain
ProfessionPlaywright, Poet, Soldier, Novelist, Librettist
EducationInstituto San Isidro
NationalitySpanish

Family

SpouseCatalina de Salazar y Palacios
ChildrenIsabel de Saavedra
ParentsLeonor de Cortinas, Rodrigo de Cervantes
SiblingsAndrea de Cervantes, Luisa de Cervantes, Magdalena de Cervantes, Andrés de Cervantes, Juan de Cervantes, Rodrigo de Cervantes

Accomplishments

MoviesMan of La Mancha, Donkey Xote, Don Quijote cabalga de nuevo, Don Quixote, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Honor of the Knights, Don Chisciotte and Sancio Panza, Las aventuras de Don Quijote, Dulcinea, Don Quixote, Knight Errant, Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, Don Chisciotte

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Quotes

#Quote
1Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.

Facts

#Fact
1First wrote the expression "I've got bigger fish to fry" in Don Quixote.
2Lived in poverty on a farm.
3Lost the use of his left hand in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
4"Don Quixote" underwent a rather drastic revision just a few months after it was first published: Sancho Panza suddenly refers to his donkey being stolen, though no scene of it being stolen was included in the book. The second edition inserts this passage into a scene a few chapters earlier, and therefore Cervantes had to rewrite the scenes that follow so as to take out the donkey.
5His novel "Don Quixote" features a character named Cardenio, who tells the story of how a good friend stole a woman he loved. This was later the basis for a lost play by William Shakespeare entitled The History of Cardenio.
6Ironically, Cervantes was descended directly from the very knights-errant whose adventures he so successfully spoofs in "Don Quixote.".
7Cervantes was a contemporary of William Shakespeare, but Spain and England were bitter enemies at the time. The defeat of the Spanish armada by the British took place during Cervantes' lifetime.
8One of the characters of the show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) was named after Cervantes' creation - a donkey named Don Quixote, who lives in a place called Someplace Else.
9His last work, which Cervantes himself believed to be his finest, was "The Travails of Persiles and Segismunda", published posthumously in 1617, but history has not shared Cervantes' judgment of that work. It has rarely been translated into English.
10Some of his "Exemplary Stories", a collection of novelettes all designed to teach a moral lesson, have been recently published in two separate paperback translations. There are twelve "Exemplary Stories" in all, but the complete set of stories has rarely been issued in English. One of them, "La Gitanilla" (The Little Gypsy Girl) has been filmed three times, and several of them have been presented on Spanish television.
11It is sometimes written that all but two of Cervantes' plays are lost; however, this has proven not to be the case. At least eight of his plays have survived.
12English translations of "Don Quixote" have frequently been published at intervals. There was only one in the 1600s, but there were at least three during the 1700s, three or four more between 1881 and 1899, three between 1949 and 1957, and there have since been three more published between 1993 and 2003.
13His one-act "Eight Interludes", published in 1615, were written, unlike his full-length plays, mostly in prose, and mostly in the colloquial style which was his alone. They were considered unworthy of his abilities for a fairly long time, but have lately come to be highly regarded by critics. Cervantes was told by the playhouse manager that they did not measure up to the works of other playwrights of the era, which made Cervantes quite angry; but optimistic about their chances, he published them so that at least the reading public might know them. They have appeared, like the "Exemplary Stories", in several English translations, but have never gained as wide a public as "Don Quixote". In recent years, some of them have even been performed in English.
14One daughter: Isabel de Saavedra, born 1584 to Cervantes' mistress, actress Ana Franca de Rojas. His marriage was childless.
15His actual date of birth is unknown, but it is generally assumed it was on September 30.
16The full title of his masterwork, "Don Quixote," is "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha ("The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quijote of La Mancha").

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don Quijote cabalga de nuevo1973novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" - as Miguel de Cervantes
BBC Play of the Month1973TV Series novel "Don Quixote" - 1 episode
Platea 71973TV Series 1 episode
Man of La Mancha1972novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
Der Ritter von der traurigen Gestalt1972TV Series novel - 1 episode
Don Kihot i Sanco Pansa1971TV Movie novel "Don Quixote"
Scandalous John1971novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
Don Quijote es armado caballero1970Short novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
The Adventures of Don Quick1970TV Series novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
Hora once1970TV Series novella - 1 episode
La fantastica storia di Don Chisciotte della Mancia1970TV Mini-Series novel
Don Quijote de la Mancha1968Short novel "El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha"
Don Chisciotte e Sancio Panza1968novel "Don Quixote"
Un diablo bajo la almohada1968story "El curioso impertinente"
La Mancha de Cervantes1968Documentary short texts
Don Quixote1967Short novel "El Caballero Don Quixote"
Teatro de siempre1967TV Series 1 episode
La guarda cuidadosa1965Short play
Los habladores1965Short play
Quijote ayer y hoy1965Documentary novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Don Quijote von der Mancha1965TV Mini-Series novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Teatterituokio1965TV Series 1 episode
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo1964-1965TV Series novel - 2 episodes
Sancho Panza dans son île1965TV Movie novel
Dulcinea del Toboso1964novel "El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Girl from La Mancha1963novel "El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Rutas del Quijote1962Documentary short novel "El ingenioso hidalgo on Quijote de La Mancha"
Don Kihot1961Short novel "Don Quixote"
Le théâtre de la jeunesse1961TV Series novel - 1 episode
A Cova de Salamanca1961TV Movie play
Aventuras de Don Quijote1960Short novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV Series novel "Don Quixote de La Mancha" - 1 episode
Don Kikhot1957novel
Les Bavards1957TV Movie original story
Aventuras de D. Quixote1954TV Series novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Kinderbücher für Erwachsene1954TV Series novel
El curioso impertinente1953novella featured in Don Quixote
CBS Television Workshop1952TV Series novel "Don Quixote" - 1 episode
Dulcinea1947characters
Don Quijote de la Mancha1947novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
La gitanilla1940novella
Master Peter's Puppet Show1938TV Movie novel "Don Quixote"
The Bohemian Girl1936novella "La Gitanilla" - uncredited
Don Quixote1934Short novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
Don Quixote1933novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Don Quichotte1933/Inovel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Don Quichotte1933/IInovel "El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha"
El retablo de Maese Pedro1927segment "Don Quixote"
La ilustre fregona1927novella
Don Quixote1926novel
La gitanilla1924novella
Don Quixote1923novel
The Bohemian Girl1922novella "La Gitanilla" - uncredited
Don Quixote1915novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
La gitanilla1914novella
Don Quichotte1913novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
La parodia di Don Quichotte1911Short novel
Don Chisciotte1911Short novel
Don Quixote1909Short novel
Don Quixote1909Short novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Don Quijote1908novel
El curioso impertinente1908Short novella
Don Quichotte1903Short novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote2018based on the novel by pre-production
La española inglesa2015TV Movie
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha2015based on novel
The Bolshoi Ballet: Live from Moscow2011TV Series novel - 1 episode
Las aventuras de Don Quijote2010characters from book
Don Quixote2009Video novel "Don Quixote"
Ser o estar2008inspired by the book Don Quixote de la Mancha
En un lugar de Manhattan2007TV Movie novel
Donkey Xote2007novel "Don Quixote"
Las locuras de Don Quijote2006characters from "Don Quixote" - uncredited
Quixotic/Honor de Cavelleria2006inspired by novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Quijote2006novel
Don Quijote de la imagén2005characters
Don Juan en Alcalá 20052005TV Movie characters from "Don Quixote"
Don Quichotte ou Les mésaventures d'un homme en colère2005TV Movie characters from "Don Quixote"
10 líneas de 'El Quijote'2005TV Series book
Don Kishot be'Yerushalaim2005Short characters
Tilt2003Short novel "El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote De La Mancha"
Don Quichotte2003Video novel "Don Quixote de La Mancha" - as Miguel de Cervantes
El caballero Don Quijote2002novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"
Don Quichotte2000TV Movie inspired by - as Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote2000TV Movie novel - as Miguel de Cervantes
Animated Epics: Don Quixote2000TV Movie novel "Don Quixote"
¡Qué grande es el teatro!1999TV Series play - 1 episode
Don Kikhot vozvrashchaetsya1997novel "Don Quixote"
Wishbone1995TV Series novel - 1 episode
Der Mann von La Mancha1994TV Movie novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
El retablo de Maese Pedro1992TV Movie novel "Don Quixote"
Don Quixote1992novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" - as Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quijote de la Mancha1991TV Series novel "Don Quixote" - 5 episodes
Dulcineia1990TV Movie characters
Die vier Tugenden1990TV Movie segment "Gerechtigkeit", as Cervantes
Tskhovreba Don Kikhotisa da Sancho Panchosi1988TV Mini-Series novel "Don Quixote"
Tskhovreba Don Kikhotisa da Sancho Panchosi (meore natsili)1988TV Mini-Series novel "Don Quixote"
Great Performances1987TV Series novel "Don Quixote" - 1 episode
Don Quixote of La Mancha1987TV Movie novel - as Miguel De Cervantes
Ghostbusters1986TV Series characters: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza - 1 episode
La hora bruja1985poems
Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding), a Ballet in Three Acts1984TV Movie novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
Don Chisciotte1983novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha"
Don Kichot1983Short novel "Don Quixote"
Las pícaras1983TV Mini-Series by - 1 episode
Don de la mancha1980TV Mini-Series novel
Don Quijote de la Mancha1979TV Series novel
NovelaTV Series novella "La Ilustre Fregona" - 1 episode, 1978 novella - 1 episode, 1970 play - 1 episode, 1966
As Trapalhadas de Dom Quixote e Sancho Pança1977novel "Don Quixote"
The Amorous Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza1976novel "Don Quixote" - uncredited
El pícaro1974TV Series based on work by
Los libros1974TV Series novella - 1 episode
Don Quixote1973novel

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don Quichotte2010TV Movie "Don Quichotte" complete opera
Don Quichotte2000TV Movie as Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quichotte, Comédie héroïque en cinq actes"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dogma1999humble thanks - as Cervantes
La hora bruja1985dedicatee

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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