This summer we lost a comedic genius in the person of Robin Williams and now the world has lost another one from Latin America. Roberto Gomez Bolanos passed away today at the age of 85 after suffering heart failure. Bolanos was known for his comedy program which featured him and other actors taking on different roles. Some of the well known roles he was known for was “El Chavo del Ocho,” “El Chapulin Colorado,” etc.
These characters are a staple in Latin culture. Recently, an animated version was produced as well as a toy line of “El Chavo del Ocho.” The death of Bolanos made social media news, even becoming the number 1 trending topic on Twitter. This shows how Bolanos has touched the lives of many throughout the generations that have passed.
Bolanos was born on February 21, 1929 in Mexico City to Francisco Gomez Linares and Elsa Bolanos Cachos. As a youth, he loved to box. However, dues to his short stature, his boxing career did not go professional. During his college years at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Bolanos studied engineering. However, he worked in advertising and not in engineer. This is where he would learn how to do script-writing. His amazing acting skills would earn him the nickname “Chespirito” which means “little Shakespeare.”
Later on, he would star in his own program where he would get into character playing several personalities which would become iconic in Latin America. Generations of people would grow up watching this program which is still aired in syndocation on Spanish networks. His comedy was clean, funny and original. This is lacking in today’s comedy program both in American and Spanish networks.
Rest in peace!