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Iconic Mexican comedian Chespirito died at 85

Nov 29, 2014 09:09 IST

Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian also known as Chespirito died on 28 November 2014. He was 85.

Gomez Bolanos wrote and played the boy television character El Chavo del Ocho (The Boy from the Eight) that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children.
Gomez Bolanos is survived by his second wife, actress Florinda Meza, as well as six children from his first marriage and 12 grandchildren.

About Roberto Gomez Bolanos (Chespirito)
• Gomez Bolanos was the person who changed comedy in Latin America
• Born on 21 February 1929 was trained as an engineer
• He achieved smashing success in 1970 with the creation of Chespirito, a television show that included segments about The Crimson Grasshopper (El Chapulin Colorado)
• The actor in 2011 said that nicknames are the most essential in life, more valuable than names
• In 1971, he wrote and acted as El Chavo del Ocho, a reference to the channel that broadcast the show
• In career that started in the 1950s, he wrote hundreds of television episodes, 20 films and theater productions that drew record-breaking audiences


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