In 1963 he published his first novel De cuerpo presente. His 1975 film The Regent"s Wife was entered into the 9th Moscow International Film Festival. His 1991 film Don Juan in Hell was entered into the 17th Moscow International Film Festival.
In 1984 he acted as the married writer in Pedro Almodóvar"s ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?).
In 1987 he directed Los pazos de Ulloa for TVE. He has a son, Gonzalo Suárez Girard, who is a videogame director, most well known for his work on Commandos.