Fernando Sancho was a Spanish actor. Sancho was born in Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain, and died in Madrid after surgery.
He was often typecast as a Mexican bandit in paella and spaghetti westerns, including The Big Gundown, A Pistol for Ringo and Return of Ringo, Arizona Colt, Minnesota Clay, and Sartana. Though always given the same role — a Mexican bandit chief — Sancho was a strong actor, and became one of the icons of these films.
He also appeared in a number of Spanish horror movies in the '60s and '70s. One of the better known horror parts was the role of a corrupt small town mayor in El Ataque de los Muertos sin Ojos, directed by Amando de Ossorio. Another notable horror film was Orloff and the Invisible Man, directed by Pierre Chevalier and starring Howard Vernon, an unofficial continuation of the Dr. Orloff saga begun by Jess Franco in The Awful Dr. Orloff. Sancho also turned up briefly in the epic Lawrence of Arabia playing the Turkish sergeant who arrests T. E. Lawrence in Deraa.