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Bolaños as El Chapulín Colorado
Bolaños as El Chapulín Colorado
Pseudonym Chespirito
Birth name Roberto Gómez Bolaños
Born 21 February 1929(1929-02-21)
Mexico City, Mexico
Died 28 November 2014(2014-11-28) (aged 85)
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Medium Television, film, music, theatre, comic books
Years active 1958–1995
Genres Physical comedy, sitcom, satire
Subject(s) Children, language, superheroes, social issues
Spouse Graciela Fernandez (m. 1968–1989) «start: (1968)–end+1: (1990)»"Marriage: Graciela Fernandez to Chespirito" Location: (linkback://,
Florinda Meza (m. 2004–2014) «start: (2004)–end+1: (2015)»"Marriage: Florinda Meza to Chespirito" Location: (linkback://
Notable works and roles Chespirito
El Chapulín Colorado
El Chavo del Ocho

Roberto Gómez Bolaños (February 21, 1929 – November 28, 2014) known by his stage name Chespirito, was a Mexican writer, actor, director, comedian, humorist, songwriter and poet.[1]

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.[2]

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".[3]

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.[4][5] His funeral was held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on November 30, 2014. He is buried at Panteón Francés, in Mexico City.[6]

References[change | change source]

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Gómez Bolaños, Roberto (2007). Sin querer queriendo. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México. ISBN 9786071110565

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Chespirito at Wikimedia Commons