El Cordobés

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El Cordobes Gender: M
Benetez, Manuel
born on 20 May 1936 at 15:51 (= 3:51 PM )
Place Madrid, Spain, 40n24, 3w41
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 29°26' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 26°43 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 17°38'


Spanish toreador, known in 1964 as an international hero to rival Pele or Cassius Clay. Handsome and agile, the son of a peasant, he was one of the highest paid entertainers in the world, bringing in $50,000 per bullfight. He was scarred in a dozen places by being gored in the ring.

One day in 1972, suddenly he retired, reportedly battered by liquor and pills, women and glory, unable to keep up his 100-fight seasons. The matador from Cordoba gave up his title, married the French girlfriend who had given him two of his kids, and invested his fortune in livestock and real estate.

As abruptly as he left, Benitez made a come-back in 1979, booking 65 fights. "I got tired of raising pigs," he said. He made a glorious debut, but his following fights were in second-class rings and he did not regain his former acclaim.


  • Work : Retired 1972 (From bullfighting)
  • Work : New Job 1979 (Comeback of 65 fights)

Source Notes

LMR quotes L.Collins and D. Lapierre, "Or I'll Dress You in Mourning," 1968, p.13, "On this 20th day of May 1964, he had just turned 28 years old." On p.27, "... a warm afternoon ... heard the baby cry." The Penfield Collection gives Palma Del Rio, Spain, May 4, 1936, 3:51 PM, quoting the same biography for "middle of the afternoon." Penfield notes that "Another French source gives 7:00 AM."


  • Vocation : Sports : Bullfighting (Pro)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Numerous injuries while bullfighting)