• Francisco Jose Grande Sanchez, known as Paco Grande, is a Spanish actor and ex-husband of Jessica Lange.
• He studied at the Complutense University of Madrid to become an information scientist.
• He has worked as a journalist and actor, and directed a few movies.
• He is an avid traveler and has a net worth of approximately $16 million.
• He is active on social media, with 16.5K followers on Twitter and 650 followers on Instagram.
Known for movies
Who is Paco Grande’s?
Francisco Jose Grande Sanchez was born in Madrid, Spain in 1943, and better known as Paco Grande, is mostly popular for two things – his career as a Spanish actor, and for being an ex-husband of famous American actress Jessica Lange.
Early life and education
There is nothing known about Paco’s teen years or his family – he is said to be an only child only because he never mentions any siblings. He studied at a local high school in Madrid, and after matriculation, he enrolled at the Complutense University of Madrid where he studied to become an information scientist.
Paco has worked both as a journalist and an actor, while he also directed a couple of movies. He landed his first TV role in 2010 when he was 67 years old – he appeared in the “Postales” blockbuster movie as Don Pepe. Some of the movies which he has directed throughout the years include “Estadio 2” in 1984, “Furbol Liga de campeones 2000/2001” in 2000, and “Club de futbol” in 2007.
He began working as a journalist before 1990 but the exact year is not known – although not much has been shared about his career in the broadcasting industry with the public, it is well known that he is part of the controversy which revolves around his work for RTVE (Radio Television Espanola) station. He was given leave in 2011 for a period of time because he was allegedly disqualifying some of his co-workers for an unknown reason – during his work for RTVE he managed to cover many events including nine Olympic Games, both summer and winter. He was there to cover four Football (soccer) World Championships as well as numerous European Cups and Youth World Cups. He also covered many other significant sporting events which were happening – he was there at the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia which took place in 1992, while he also covered two Cycling World Championships in 1985 and 2007.
He was involved in another controversy in 2017 when he mentioned Paco Caro and Juan Carlos Rivero, his colleagues from RTVE, in a tweet regarding the programming of Estudio Estadio.
Cara a cara con #supergarcia Entrevista para @tve_es @teledeporte_tve #vintageGarcia Sigue con la fuerza y la personalidad de siempre. Único. Además de la entrevista, habrá imagenes de sus mejores épocas en #Televisión #Española. Con @felipelect y Javier Puerto jefe de producción pic.twitter.com/lbhutmey9G
— Paco Grande (@PacoGrandeTVE) March 14, 2019
Likes and other interests
Other than his love for journalism and movies, Paco also has a great passion for travelling – he is said to have travelled the whole of Europe for both fun and business, while it is also said that his ex-wife Jessica fell for him because of his adventure spirit.
Personal life and marriage with Jessica
Paco and Jessica fell in love with each other in 1967 – Paco was 24 at the time while Jessica was 18. Three years after that in 1970, they exchanged their vows and became husband and wife – they seemed to live happily for many years, but eventually divorced in 1981. Unlike the majority of situations in which the man is the one to pay the alimony, in Paco’s and Jessica’s case it was the opposite – Jessica was set to pay a big amount of money to Paco which is one of the reasons why his net worth is so high today.
Ever since he divorced Jessica, Paco has been secretive about his love life – there is nothing known about any affairs in the past 37 years.
Who is Jessica Lange?
Jessica was born in Cloquet, Minnesota USA on 20 April 1949, so under the zodiac sign of Taurus and holding American nationality – she is an award-winning actress best known for her roles in “King Kong” and “American Horror Story” movies.
Jessica was born into a middle-class family of Dorothy Florence and Albert John Lange while she also has three siblings – her father worked as a teacher and a travelling salesman. Jessica often compared her early life to that of gypsies as her family moved a lot because her father often switching jobs – the good side of it was that Jessica fell in love with travelling. She enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1967, and met Paco Grande during her first year of studies – they shared the same passion for travelling and she therefore quit school and went travelling through US and Europe with Paco in his van. They only made a short stop in 1970 to marry and then continued their travels.
Jessica became interested in mime in 1971, and therefore moved to Paris to study it – she was ready to become an actress after two years of studies, and moved to New York to pursue her career. She worked as a waitress just to cover the bills while Paco was still travelling – in 1975, she was contacted by her agency telling her to audition for a role in the “King Kong” film. Those who are familiar with the movie know how big of a hit it was – unfortunately, people liked the movie but did not have a good opinion when it came to Jessica’s performance.
She took a break of four years before appearing in the “All That Jazz” autobiographical movie in 1979 – playing a role which was specifically written for her. She was back on stage and landed a role in “How to Beat the High Cost of Living” in 1980, and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” in 1981 – the movie which made her somewhat famous as the audience loved her and Jack Nicholson’s performances. In the same year, she divorced Paco Grande, and gave birth to her daughter named Alexandra whose father was Mikhail Baryshnikov, a famous Russian dancer.
The following year turned out to be of the most important in her entire career – she separated from Mikhail, and fell in love with actor Sam Shepard and moved in with him. She won her first Oscar in 1982 for her performance in the “Tootsie” comedy movie, and continued her good performances in movies such as “Sweet Dreams” in 1984, “Music Box” in 1989, and “Men Don’t Leave” in 1990. She won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award nomination in 1995 for her remarkable performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire” movie while winning a Golden Globe in 1997 for her role in “A Thousand Acres” film.
On this day in 2016, a revival of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" with Jessica Lange opened on Broadway, for which she won her first Tony Award. pic.twitter.com/eClRnFeedk
— Jessica Lange Daily (@JLangeDaily) April 27, 2019
She won her last Golden Globe and Emmy Awards in 2012 when she played a supportive role in “American Horror Story” movie – but went on to win her first and only Tony Award for playing the main role in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. Adding to her career, she’s also published two photography books entitled “50 Photographs” and “In Mexico”.
Her relationship with Sam Shepard continued until their separation in 2009 – they have two kids together named Hannah who was born in 1985 and Samuel born in 1987.
Jessica is not active on any social media platforms, but there is a fan page dedicated to her on Instagram which is followed by nearly 12,000 people while her fan page on Twitter has more than 22,000 fans. Jessica’s current net worth is estimated by sources at over $15 million.
Appearance and net worth
Paco is currently 75 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, but his height and weight are not known to the public.
According to authoritative sources, Paco’s net worth is estimated to be around $16 million, which he’s gathered from multiple sources during more than 50 years of his career.
Social media presence
One might think that your age might prevent you from using the internet or destroy your wish and motivation for it, however, this is not the case with Paco who is very active on several social media platforms. He launched his Twitter account in June 2011, and has so far gathered over 16,500 followers and tweeted nearly 17,000 times. He has an Instagram account as well, but isn’t nearly as popular as on Twitter – he has around 650 followers while he’s posted over 350 photos.
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia