Fuad Jorge Jury (28 May 1938 – 5 November 2012), commonly known as Leonardo Favio (Spanish pronunciation: [leo'na?ðo 'faßjo]), was an Argentine singer, actor, film director and screenwriter.
He is considered one of Argentina’s best film directors and most enduring cultural figures as well as a popular singer-songwriter throughout Latin America.Much beloved in Latin America, he was one of the most successful Argentine singers in the 1960s and 1970s with big hits like Ding, dong estas cosas del amorcode: spa promoted to code: es (with Carola), O quizás simplemente le regale una rosacode: spa promoted to code: es , Fuiste mía un veranocode: spa promoted to code: es , Ella ya me olvidócode: spa promoted to code: es , Quiero aprender de memoriacode: spa promoted to code: es , Mi tristeza es mía y nada máscode: spa promoted to code: es , Para saber cómo es la soledadcode: spa promoted to code: es , Mi amante niña mi compañeracode: spa promoted to code: es , Ni el clavel ni la rosacode: spa promoted to code: es , La foto de carnetcode: spa promoted to code: es , No jueges máscode: spa promoted to code: es , Chiquilladacode: spa promoted to code: es and La citacode: spa promoted to code: es and starred in many films.Without detriment to his outstanding career as a singer and songwriter, at the time he began to sing in public, he was already an established film director.
His first feature movie - Chronicle of a Boy Alone - and the second one - El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca - compete in the consensus of Argentine critics to be considered the best Argentine movie of all times, while the agreement is almost unanimous in considering Leonardo Favio as the best Argentine movie director of all times.
Later, he would film: El Dependiente, Juan Moreira, Nazareno Cruz y el Lobo, Soñar Soñar, Gatica el Mono, Perón Sinfonía de un Sentimiento and Aniceto (a valet version of El romance...).
His brother is writer and director Jorge Zuhair Jury.
He was married to María Vaner and had two children, one being the composer Nico Jury.
On October 9, 2010, Favio was appointed Argentina's Ambassador of Culture by national decree of the president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
He died on 5 November 2012 in Buenos Aires at the age of 74.