Mario Moreno Cantinflas: 5 interesting facts about the "comic genius"

Mario Moreno Cantinflas: 5 interesting facts about the "comic genius"

Google today published a scrawl to honor what would have been the 107th birthday of which was considered the best comedian of Mexico, a surprising example of overcoming, and although he enjoyed the profits of his 49 successful films, he never stopped to help those in need

"Cantinflas has glorified, exceptionally, the ingenuity and dignity of our people," the former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

1. He was born in Mexico City and worked as a teenager for a circus

The actor was born on 12 August 1911 in Santa María La Ribera, a district of Mexico City, and was baptized with the name of Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes. Its origins were very humble. He was one of eight children of María de la Soledad Reyes Guízar and Pedro Moreno Esquivel. His father worked as a postman, reports the site Biografíasyvida.

According to the New York Times, as a child he earned money singing and dancing in the streets, and when he was a teenager, he joined a traveling show.

It was there that he adopted the name of "Cantinflas" art, which, according to a 1992 interview, was a name invented to prevent his parents from knowing that he was in the entertainment industry, since they considered it a shameful profession, reported the publication Heavy.

The impact of the character of Cantinflas was so great that the Royal Academy adopted it as a verb. Cantinflear means: "Talk or act in a crazy and incongruous way and without saying anything with the substance".

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Around 1930, Cantinflas was forced to show up for the master of ceremonies during a show, and the New York Times reported that the actor was so nervous that his words came out confused. The audience enjoyed his senseless speech and it was when his stuttering character was born and to whom he added wide pants, a rope instead of a belt and a mustache.

2. He made his film debut in 1936 and became the most famous Mexican actor.

After completing his performance in the circuses, Cantinflas met the publicist and producer Santiago Reachi, who was convinced that he would be able to turn the comedian into a star. The two founded Posa Films in 1939 and achieved great success the following year with There is the detail.

The 1941 Neither Blood, nor Arena (Neither Blood, nor Sand) was an even greater success that broke box office records throughout Latin America and made the name of Cantinflas a familiar name. He continued to thrive for all the years ", with notable titles such as the desconocido gendarme, I fugitivo and El Mago.

3. Golden Globe winner and Oscar

Cantinflas made the transition to Hollywood in the 50s and appeared in the 80th-day Around the World film adaptation, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy and won the Oscar for best film.

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He followed 80 days with Pepe, a comedy that earned him a second Golden Globe nomination and included cameos of legends such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. However, Pepe had a lower performance at the box office and, feeling that the language barrier would have hindered his career in Hollywood, the comedian returned to Mexico and started making films under the production label Cantinflas Films.

4. He has donated half of his annual income to charity in Mexico City

During its heyday of 1950, Cantinflas earned more than $ 1.5 million a year and was mentioned by the Los Angeles Times as the highest paid comedian in the world. It possessed five houses, a vast art collection, a swimming pool, a bowling alley, a theater and several beauty salons.

But Cantinflas supported those in need.

According to Heavy, Cantinflas has donated half of its annual profits to various charities and families in Mexico City. Only in 1966, he donated more than $ 175,000 of his own money. He supported more than 250 destitute families in the poor neighborhood of Granjas, Mexico City, and later built 64 apartment houses that he sold to these families for a fraction of their value.

5. He was married once and died in 1993 at the age of 81

Cantinflas was married only with Valentina Ivanova Zubareff on October 27, 1936. Although they had never had children, Cantinflas was the father of Mario with another woman in 1961. Cantinflas and Valentina adopted him and changed his full name to Mario Arturo Moreno Ivanova.

The famous actor died in Mexico City in 1966 at the age of 81. Thousands of people gathered outside the funeral home where the body of Cantinflas lay. In that president, Carlos Salinas de Gortari paid tribute and issued a statement stating: "Cantinflas has exceptionally glorified the ingenuity and dignity of our people," recalled the New York Times.

The extent to which he was idolized was never more evident than in 1951, when officials unveiled a half-block mural on the wall of a new theater that represents great heroes in the history of Mexico. Diego Rivera, the artist, had put Cantinflas on the center panel, according to the New York Times.