Generalisimo Francisco Franco (1892-1975) was the dictator of Spain from 1937 until his death. He came to power during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar and was a close ally of Mussolini.

Probably not related to [[Film/NowYouSeeMe Dave]] or [[Creator/JamesFranco James]].

!Franco in fiction:

* Franco was something of a film aficionado, and wrote the screenplay for ''[[ Raza]]''.
** Note that, like {{Hitler}}, he only allowed films explicitly approved by himself. Underground, of course, was ''El Movimiento'' (eng: ''[[ShapedLikeItself The Movement]]'') led by PedroAlmodovar.
* Given the penchant of the Spanish film industry for making movies about the Civil War, he's also appeared as a character in a few others, like ''Madregilda'', ''Espérame en el Cielo'' (where the protagonist is his body double) or ''Dragon Rapide''.
* [[ "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead"]] was one of the first {{Catch Phrase}}s of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. On [[NewsParody "Weekend Update"]], Franco's continuing death was [[RunningGag repeatedly]] reported as "news" by Creator/ChevyChase. This was a parody of earlier real news converage, which had constantly reported that Franco was still clinging onto life.