Cantinflas

Actor, Clown, Singer
A diminutive, renowned, high-octane performer of the Spanish-speaking world, primarily in Mexican films from 1936, Cantinflas began his entertainment career at age 16 as a song-and-dance man in "carpas," variety shows ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1911 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (5)

El Patrullero 777 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ministro y Yo 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Quixote Without La Mancha 1969 (Movie)

Justo Leal y Aventado (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Pepe (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Passepartout (Actor)

Biography

A diminutive, renowned, high-octane performer of the Spanish-speaking world, primarily in Mexican films from 1936, Cantinflas began his entertainment career at age 16 as a song-and-dance man in "carpas," variety shows staged in tents. He also performed as a circus clown, a bullfighting clown and an amateur bullfighter, and gradually developed the star persona which would serve him so well in his 50 films. His early films include his debut in "No Te Enganes Corazon/Don't Deceive Yourself, My Heart" (1936) and "El Signo de la Muerte/Sign of Death" (1939), but it was "Ahi Esta el Detalle/There Is the Detail" (1940), which began his reign as the Spanish-speaking world's most popular comic at the advent of Mexican cinema's "Golden Age."

Relationships

Mario Arturo Moreno Ivanova

Son
survived him

Valentina Subarow

Wife
of Russian descent Cantinflas outlived her

Milestones

1992

Met with President Carlos Salinas de Gortari of Mexico; announcement made of a national tribute to Cantinflas in December

1984

Recorded an album of children's songs

1979

Last film, "El Barrendero" (date approximate)

1972

"The Adventures of Cantinflas", a series of cartoons, produced by Televicine

1960

Starred in the lavish, all-star English-language comedy, "Pepe"

1956

English-language film debut, "Around the World in 80 Days"

1941

Made approximately one film a year with Delgado

1940

First worked with director Miguel M. Delgado on "El Gendarme Desconocido"

1940

Founded his own production company, Posa Films

1940

Performed in three comedy shorts to take advantage of his new fame: "Cantinflas y Su Prima", "Cantinflas Boxeador" and "Cantinflas Ruletero"

1940

First starring role, "Ahi Esta el Detalle/There Is the Detail"

1936

Made feature film debut in a small role in "No Te Enganes Corazon/Don't Deceive Yourself, My Heart"

1927

Worked as a song-and-dance man in shows staged in tents in Jalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico

Taken to court in the late 1980s by an American woman who lived in Houston and had a longtime relationship with Cantinflas after his wife died; sued for alimony; Cantinflas lost case

In the early 1970s, signed with Televicine, the feature production branch of Televisa, a major Mexican TV conglomerate, to make and distribute his films

Became involved in philanthropic causes, especially those benefitting children

Returned to Mexico after failure of "Pepe"

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Gracias Amigo Award, presented in Houston TX, for his work in promoting Mexican-USA relations

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