Leonardo Favio

Argentine singer, actor, film director and screenwriter.

Fuad Jorge Jury (28 May 1938 – 5 November 2012), better known by his stage name Leonardo Favio (Spanish pronunciation: ), was an Argentine singer, actor, film director and screenwriter. He is considered one of Argentina's best film directors and one of the country's most enduring cultural figures, as well as a popular singer-songwriter throughout Latin America.

Much beloved in Latin America, Favio was one of the most successful Argentine singers in the 1960s and 1970s, with big hits like Ding, dong estas cosas del amor (with Carola), O quizás simplemente le regale una rosa, Fuiste mía un verano, Ella ya me olvidó, Quiero aprender de memoria, Mi tristeza es mía y nada más, Para saber cómo es la soledad, Mi amante niña mi compañera, Ni el clavel ni la rosa, La foto de carnet, No jueges más, Chiquillada and La cita. He also starred in many films before establishing himself as a director.

Without detriment to his outstanding career as a singer and songwriter, at the time he began to sing in public, he was already an established film director. His first feature movie – Chronicle of a Boy Alone – and the second one – El Romance del Aniceto y la Francisca – are considered to be some of the best Argentine movies of all times. Later, he would film: El Dependiente, Juan Moreira, Nazareno Cruz y el Lobo, Soñar Soñar, Gatica el Mono, Perón Sinfonía de un Sentimiento. His last film was Aniceto (2008), a musical remake version of El romance..., refashioned as a ballet-inspired drama.

Favio was born Fuad Jorge Jury, the son of Syrian-Lebanese Jorge Jury Atrach. His brother is writer and director Jorge Zuhair Jury. Favio was married to actress María Vaner, with whom he had two children, one being the composer Nico Jury.

On 9 October 2010, Favio was appointed Argentina's Ambassador of Culture by national decree of president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He died two years later, on 5 November 2012 in Buenos Aires, at the age of 74.

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