Fernando Fernán-Gómez (August 29, 1921 – November 21, 2007) was a Spanish actor and director. He was born in Lima, Peru as his mother, Spanish actress Carola Fernán-Gómez, was making a tour of Latin America. Inheriting his surname as a stage name, he moved to Spain in 1924. He was a writer, actor, screenwriter, film director and theater director. He was also a member of the Royal Spanish Academy for seven years. He occupied seat B from the beginning of his time with the REA (30 January 2000 until his death.
After the Spanish Civil War he began a study of Law but interrupted his studies to work in theater. In 1942 he began to work in cinema but also kept working in theater. He formed his own theater company and received awards for directing and writing. In the 1950s he began to direct movies, including the film of his novel, El viaje a ninguna parte. He was acclaimed for his 1958 comedy La vida por delante, which had a sequel, La vida alrededor. In 1977, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in The Anchorite. He won the award again at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985 for his role in Stico.