Jesús "Jess" Franco (Jesús Franco Manera; 12 May 1930 – 2 April 2013) was a Spanish movie director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and actor. His career began in the 1961 movie The Awful Dr. Orloff. He was known for his movies Necronomicon (1967), Ninety-Nine Women (1968) and two Christopher Lee movies, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula.
Franco was born on 12 May 1930 in Madrid, Spain. He was married to Linda Romay from 2008 until his death 2013. They had no children. Franco died on 2 April 2013 in his home in Málaga, Spain from a stroke, aged 82.
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