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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 1958–2006
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

Chespirito (born Roberto Gómez Bolaños, February 21, 1929 – November 28, 2014) 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 isstill popular. It has been watched every day by 91 million people per episode.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Chespirito 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, Chespirito was a small-time boxer. He wanted to be a engineer, so he studied at National Autonomous University of Mexico. Chespirito also wrote some plays before he started acting. His stage name, "Chespirito", was given to him by a producer during Chespirito's first years as a writer. The nickname means "Little Shakespeare".[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

Chespirito's first wife was Graciela Fernandez. They married in 1968. They had six children. They divorced in 1989.

In 2004, Chespirito married his co-star and long-time partner, actress Florinda Meza.

Chespirito was a member of the National Action Party (PAN).

Death[change | change source]

On November 28, 2014, Chespirito 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