Particularly popular in his native Spain and Argentina, actor José M. Sacristán specializes in comic roles and has appeared in numerous feature films, on-stage, and in television. He also directed a small number of films. He first established himself on-stage in 1960, and five years later made his film debut in La Familia y...Uno Mas (1965). Sacristán subsequently played leading roles in a series of light comedies through the early '70s. Most of the films from this period, including No Desearás la Mujer del Vecino/Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife and La Graduada/The Graduate (both 1971), were directed by either Pedro Lazaga or Marian Ozores. Later in the decade, Sacristán took on more dramatic roles. As a director, Sacristán debuted with Soldados de Plomo/Lead Soldiers (1983), a drama in which he also starred. On television, Sacristán appeared regularly in Esta Es Mi Barrio (1996). His son and namesake is also an actor.