|Bolaños as El Chapulín Colorado
Bolaños as El Chapulín Colorado
|Birth name||Roberto Gómez Bolaños|
|Born||21 February 1929
Mexico City, Mexico
|Died||28 November 2014
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
|Medium||Television, film, music, theatre, comic books|
|Genres||Physical comedy, sitcom, satire|
|Subject(s)||Children, language, superheroes, social issues|
|Spouse||Graciela Fernandez (m. 1968–1989) ,
Florinda Meza (m. 2004–2014)
|Notable works and roles||Chespirito
El Chapulín Colorado
El Chavo del Ocho
He was known for writing, directing, and starring in the Chespirito (1968), El Chavo del Ocho (1971), and El Chapulín Colorado (1972) television series. The character of El Chavo is one of the most iconic in the history of Latin American television. El Chavo del Ocho continues to be popular. It has been viewed daily by 91 million viewers per episode.
Early life[change | change source]
Bolaños was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His parents were Francisco Gómez Linares and Elsa Bolaños Cacho Aguilar. His brother Horacio was also an actor. Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Bolaños was his cousin once removed.
Early career[change | change source]
Before becoming an actor, Bolaños was a small-time boxer. He wanted to be a engineer, so he studied at National Autonomous University of Mexico. Bolaños also wrote some small plays before acting. His stage name, "Chespirito", was given to him by a producer during Bolaños' first years as a writer. The nickname means "Little Shakespeare".
Personal life[change | change source]
Bolaños married fellow co-star actress Florinda Meza after years of having a partnership in 2004. Bolaños had six children from a last marriage, Graciela Fernandez, which ended in divorce. He was a member of the National Action Party (PAN).
Death[change | change source]
On November 28, 2014, Bolaños died from heart failure at the age of 85, in Cancún, Quintana Roo. His funeral was held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on November 30, 2014. He is buried at Panteón Francés, in Mexico City.
References[change | change source]
- Mora, Carl J. (1989). Mexican cinema: reflections of a society, 1896-1980. University of California Press. p. 162. .
- "Meet El Chavo, The World's Most Famous (And Richest) Orphan". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/andersonantunes/2012/02/01/meet-el-chavo-the-worlds-most-famous-and-richest-orphan/. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
- Benedetti, Ana Maria (28 November 2014). "10 Things You Didn't Know About 'El Chavo Del Ocho'". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/el-chavo-del-ocho-facts_n_5367671.html. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
- Tinoco, Armando. "Roberto Gómez Bolaños ‘Chespirito’ Dies: Mexican Legend Dead At 85 From Heart Failure". Latin Times. http://www.latintimes.com/roberto-gomez-bolanos-chespirito-dies-mexican-legend-dead-85-heart-failure-169736.
- "Murió Roberto Gómez Bolaños, 'Chespirito'". Noticieros Televisa. http://noticieros.televisa.com/mexico/1411/murio-roberto-gomez-bolanos-chespirito/.
- "'Chespirito,' beloved Mexican comedian who made a generation laugh, dead at 85". Fox News. 30 November 2014. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/11/28/iconic-mexican-comedian-chespirito-dies-at-85/. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
Bibliography[change | change source]
- Gómez Bolaños, Roberto (2007). Sin querer queriendo. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México.