The amazing life of Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Chespirito

By Miguel Sangineto
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On May 28, 2011, Chespirito opened his Twitter account reaching in less than a day more than 170,000 followers, the second day a total of 250,000 followers, and half a million in just one week

Writer, publisher, artist, composer and lyrics of popular songs, actor, director, producer and father of six children from his first marriage to Graciela Fernandez.

Son of bilingual secretary Elsa Aguilar Bolaños-Cacho and painter, cartoonist and illustrator Francisco Gómez Linares, Roberto was the second of three brothers (Francis and Horace were the other two). Before becoming an actor, was novice boxer; also earned a degree in architecture at UNAM, but never practiced.

On November 19, 2004 he married Florinda Meza (Doña Florinda who played in the Chavo del Ocho), after a long relationship. Gómez Bolaños married in the first instance with Graciela Fernández, who bore him six children.

He began his career as an advertising creative, which connected him with radio and television, which was, during the 1950s, an active writer. He also made several screenplays for the duo Chip and Capulina and briefly started acting with them in "Two Servants Malcriados" in 1960. However, he continued to devote most of his time to writing, contributing scripts dialogues movies and Mexican television.

His professional name, "Chespirito" is attributed to the film director Agustín P. Delgado, derived from the diminutive of the Peninsularized pronunciation of the name William Shakespeare, diminutive stature because Gómez Bolaños and the claim that talent Gómez Bolaños to write stories resembles that of Shakespeare.

Between 1960 and 1965, he wrote scripts for the two most watched programs on Mexican television: Comedians and songs as well as the study of Pedro Vargas, the Mexican Telesistema chain.

In 1968, the Independent Television began broadcasting in Mexico and Chespirito was called as a writer with the offer to use at will a half hour weekly charge. Thus was born The supergeniuses square table and his acting career.

In 1970, they extended their hours at a time and in a separate program. The same was called Chespirito and was born the character of Chapulín Colorado. A year later, Chavo appeared. Both men worked so well that the program was divided into two, devoting half hour each. A mid-eighties begins a short program called The buzzer based journalists, without much success series.

Despite being well known for his roles of Chavo and Chapulín Colorado, was also the creator of several characters more like Chómpiras, Dr. Chapatín, Vicente Chambón and Chaparrón Bonaparte.

Despite recurring scripts, these programs became successes throughout Latin America, the US and Spain, largely thanks to the sympathy of the box actors of their programs, built at different times by Carlos Villagran, Ramón Valdés Florinda Meza, Rubén Aguirre, Edgar Vivar, Angelines Fernández, Raul Padilla, Horacio Gómez Bolaños and María Antonieta de las Nieves, who also found international fame.

In 1980, his sketches were reunited on a weekly hour program called under his pseudonym, and remained on the air until 1995.

Apart from getting all TV hits, Chespirito also starred in films such as Charrito Mexican, Don mouse and gift Shoplifter, Wind Music, The Chanfle and The Chanfle 2.

From 1992 represented in theater for several years the work "11 and 12", with which managed more than 28,000 functions.

In 2000, Televisa gives a tribute entitled "They did not have my cunning!" Commemorating the 30th anniversary of El Chavo del Ocho program.

On November 12, 2009, Chespirito emergency was admitted to a hospital in Mexico City. According to statements by his son Roberto Gómez Fernández; Chespirito had a complication of the prostate, for which it made a simple surgery.

On May 28, 2011, Chespirito opened his Twitter account reaching in less than a day more than 170,000 followers, the second day a total of 250,000 followers, and half a million in just one week. In October 2014, Chespirito already had more than 6,500,000 followers, one of the personalities on twitter more followers.

On November 20, 2013, received the Waves Chespirito American Award for the most outstanding career in television.

The September 19, 2014 in the fifth edition of the awards Kids Choice Awards 2014 "El Chavo del 8" program was awarded the Legend Award. This recognition was received Edgar Vivar on your behalf.

Traslation Belén Zapata