Roberto Gómez Bolaños Biography, Roberto Gómez Bolaños Wiki
Roberto Gómez Bolaños, who was known as Chespirito (“Little Shakespeare”), was a beloved Mexican screenwriter, actor, and humorist, who was popular on Mexican television.
He was more than that, though. Gomez Bolaños was a Mexican “screenwriter, actor, comedian, film director, television director, playwright, songwriter, and author,” according to IMDB. Google is honoring him on February 21, 2020 on what would have been his 91st birthday with a Google Doodle.
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Roberto Gómez Bolaños was born in Mexico City. His father, Francisco Gómez Linares (c. 1892 – September 7, 1935), was a painter and a cartoonist from the city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, who died of a stroke at the age of 43. His mother, Elsa Bolaños Cacho (April 4, 1902 – December 22, 1968), was a bilingual secretary (fluent in both Spanish and English) from the city of Oaxaca, the youngest child of Ramón Bolaños Cacho, a military doctor, and his Zacatecas-born wife, María Aguilar. Via his mother, Bolaños was a first cousin once removed of the President of Mexico from 1964 to 1970, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. He had an older brother, Francisco (1926–2010), a younger brother, Horacio Gómez Bolaños, who portrayed the character Godínez in El Chavo del Ocho, and an even older half brother, product of one of his father’s liaisons with another woman.
Before becoming an actor, Gómez was an amateur boxer. He studied engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), but he did not graduate, as he admitted to having a misconception of what engineering actually did. Before he became famous, he wrote a number of plays, contributed dialogue to Mexican film and television scripts, and secured some character-acting work. His stage name, “Chespirito”, meaning “little Shakespeare”, was given to him by a producer during his first years as a writer and was concocted from the Spanish phonetic pronunciation of William Shakespeare — “Chespir” — combined with “ito,” a diminutive commonly used in Spanish.
Chespirito as Chaparrón Bonaparte in Chespirito
Chespirito was discovered as an actor while waiting in line to apply for a job as a writer; soon he began writing and starring in his children’s comedy shows. Chespirito’s first show was Los Supergenios de la Mesa Cuadrada, a sketch comedy show that premiered in 1968; the show also starred Ramón Valdés, María Antonieta de las Nieves, and Rubén Aguirre. Los Supergenios was later renamed Chespirito y la Mesa Cuadrada and later Chespirito. The characters El Chavo, El Chapulín, and Dr. Chapatín were introduced on this show (1972, 1970 and 1968 respectively).
Roberto Gómez Bolaños Work
A statue of “El Chavo” stands in Cali, Colombia
Chespirito has been described as one of the most recognized Mexican comedians of the 20th century as well as being well known and honored in all of Latin America. He has been honored for his creative writing, characters, comedic pick-up lines, and for his clean humor style. His television shows were broadcast throughout the world and have been translated into over 50 languages. His TV shows have been made into cartoons since 2006 (El Chavo Animado, with some other Chespirito characters appearing in the show). The animated El Chavo show has been translated into many other languages as well as English, Portuguese, and French. An animated TV show based on another famous Chespirito character, El Chapulin Colorado, was announced in 2015. It aired the first episode online on April 13.
The Google Doodle of February 21, 2020, paid homage to Chespirito.
Roberto Gómez Bolaños Google Doodle
On November 28, 2014, Chespirito died from heart failure as a complication of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85, in his home in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Many Mexican celebrities and Chespirito’s former co-stars took to Twitter to express their feelings and send their condolences to Chespirito’s widow and family. Such celebrities and former co-stars included George Lopez, Eugenio Derbez, Carlos Villagran, Edgar Vivar, Ruben Aguirre, and Maria Antonieta de las Nieves. Chespirito is widely regarded as one of the most renowned Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century.
On December 1, 2014, he was buried at the Panteón Francés in Mexico City, following a private funeral on Saturday and a public one held on Sunday at the Aztec Stadium, attended by about 40,000 fans. His widow does not permit fans to visit his tomb. A private security guard is there along with a security camera at all times.