Chespirito Biography

Chespirito was a Mexican screenwriter, comedian, actor, songwriter and director. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements, and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: February 21, 1929

Nationality: Mexican

Famous: Actors Comedians

Died At Age: 85

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Roberto Gómez Bolaños

Born in: Mexico City

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Florinda Meza

father: Francisco Gomez Linares

mother: Elsa Bolaños Cacho

siblings: Francisco Gómez Bolaños, Horacio Gómez Bolaños

children: Cecilia Gómez, Graciela Gómez, Marcela Gómez, Paulina Gómez Fernández, Roberto Gómez Fernández, Teresa Gómez

Died on: November 28, 2014

place of death: Cancún

City: Mexico City, Mexico

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education: National Autonomous University of Mexico

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Chespirito, born as Roberto Gómez Bolaños, was a Mexican screenwriter, comedian, actor, songwriter and director. He was internationally famous for writing, directing, and starring in the TV series ‘Chespirito’, ‘El Chavo del Ocho’ and ‘El Chapulín Colorado’. He was also known as a writer of the movies 'Los legionarios', 'Angelitos del trapecio', 'Los tigres del desierto', 'El dolor de pagar la renta', 'Pegando con tubo' and 'El camino de los espantos'. Chespirito has been widely regarded as one of the most recognized Latin and Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century. He was popular in all of Latin America. Till date, the Mexican humorist is revered for his creative writing, comedic pick-up lines, characterization, and clean comedy style. His TV shows have been broadcast all across the globe and have been translated into 50+ languages. The great Mexican artiste Chespirito died in 2014 from heart failure at the age of 85. On a personal note, he married twice in his lifetime and fathered six children.

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Film & TV Career
  • Chespirito's first TV role was in ‘Los Supergenios de la Mesa Cuadrada’ (later named to ‘Chespirito’), a sketch comedy that premiered in 1968. After this, he appeared in the parody ‘El Ciudadano Gómez’. Then in 1973, he starred in the shows ‘El Chapulín Colorado’ and ‘El Chavo del Ocho’. Other programs produced by and starring the Mexican actor were the short-termed ‘La Chicharra’ as well as a second version of ‘Chespirito’ that ran from 1980 to 1995. The Mexican artist was also associated with some other shows, such as 'Los Chifladitos ', 'Los Caquitos' and 'Los Chiripiojos'.
  • Chespirito also worked in a number of movies. He contributed to the screenplays of several films as well. Some of his popular film projects were: 'Dos locos en escena', 'El Chanfle', 'El Chanfle 2', 'El mundo loco de los jóvenes' and 'La hermana Trinquete'.
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Writing Career
  • Chespirito served as a writer for numerous movies, such as 'Los legionarios', 'Angelitos del trapecio', 'Los tigres del desierto', 'El dolor de pagar la renta', 'Pegando con tubo', 'Un novio para dos hermanas' and 'El Chanfle', to name a few. He also wrote the books titled ‘Sin Querer Queriendo: Memorias’, ‘El Diario de El Chavo del Ocho’ and ‘Y También Poemas’.
Personal Life & Death
  • Chespirito was born as Roberto Gómez Bolaños on 21 February 1929 in Mexico City, Mexico. His father Francisco Gómez Linares was a cartoonist and painter and his mother Elsa Bolaños Cacho was a bilingual secretary. He has a younger brother, Horacio Gómez Bolaños, an older brother, Francisco, and a half brother who was born out of his father’s relationship with another woman.
  • Chespirito attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). However, he didn’t complete his engineering course.
  • Talking about his love life, the Mexican artiste married his first wife, Graciela Fernandez in 1968. The couple raised six kids before divorcing in 1989. Years later, Chespirito married his second wife, Florinda Meza and remained with her until his death. On 28 November 2014, the comedian died from heart failure that resulted from Parkinson's disease, at the age of 85.

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