José Jiménez Fernández (born 11 February 1943), commonly known as Joselito, was a child star in Spain during the 1950s and 1960s.
Joselito was born in Beas de Segura, Jaén, northeast Andalucia in Spain. Joselito made his film debut at the age of 13 and began making other films, including “El Pequeño Ruiseñor”, “Saeta del Ruiseñor”, “El Ruiseñor de las Cumbres”, “Escucha mi Canción”, “El Pequeño Coronel”, “Aventuras de Joselito en America”, “Los Dos Golfillos”, “Bello Recuerdo”, and El caballo blanco (The White Horse) with Antonio Aguilar.
Besides acting, Joselito was a popular child singer with a very distinguished voice having sung such songs as “La Campanera”, “Dónde estará mi vida”, “Gorrioncillo pecho amarillo”, “En un pueblito español”, “Clavelitos”, “Doce Cascabeles”, “Las Golondrinas”, “El Pastor”, “Granada” and “Ave María”. He toured several countries in his youth.
He was out of the public eye until adulthood, when he became a media entrepreneur. In 1990, he was arrested by Angolan authorities on charges of gun and drug trafficking. Subsequently, he was deported to Spain, where he was jailed. Later, Joselito wrote in his biography (“La jaula del Ruisenor” ) that jail was the best thing that had ever happened to him and that it had helped him to overcome his drug addiction as well as to give him a different outlook on life.
In 2002 La Jaula del Ruiseñor was released, an authorized biography of Joselito’s life.
Upon his release, he has participated in the Spanish version of the Survivor television series, and collaborated on the movie Spanish Movie, and he is currently living in Utiel (Valencia).