Composer, famous singer, actor and director. Between 1916 and 1920, he founded two film companies in Argentina, for which he directed numerous documentaries, as well as feature films such as Como por un tubo (As in a tube) 1918; Mi noche alegre (My happy night) 1919. He also acted in several films, especially in Hollywood, where he played in the first Spanish-language film Sombras de Gloria (Shadows of Glory) 1929. It is said that José Bohr “made the Spanish cinema speak”.
In 1934 he moved to Mexico and became one of the most important producers. Between 1934 and 1939, he directed films in which he acted and composed the music La sangre manda (The Blood Commands), Quien mato a Eva (Who Killed Eva), Tu Hijo (Your Son), Por mis pistolas (For My Guns). In 1940 he moved to Chile and Argentina. From then on he directed El relegado de Pichintun (The Gift of Pichintun), Flor de Carmen (Flower of Carmen), Bajo un cielo de Gloria (Under a Glorious Sky), Casaliento por poder (Marriage by Proxy), Si mis campos hablaran (If My Country Spoke), Uno que ha sido marino (The one who was a sailor), Tonto Pillo, La mano del muertito (The hand of the little dead man), Mis espuelas de plata (My silver swords), El gran circo Chamorro (The big circus Chamorro), Sonrisas de Chile (Smiles of Chile).
Between 1945 and 1950 El diamante del Maharaja (The Maharadja’s Diamond), La damas de las camelias (The Lady of the Camellias), El amor que pasa (Love Passes).