Published On: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

One of the most important Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century dies in Cancun at age 85

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Famous Mexican actor, Roberto Gomez Bolanos (a.k.a. Chespirito), died on Friday November 28th in his home in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Roberto Gómez Bolaños (21 February 1929 – 28 November 2014), more commonly known by his pseudonym Chespirito, was a Mexican screenwriter, actor, comedian, film director, television director, playwright, songwriter, and author who had a net worth of $50 million.

 

He is widely regarded as one of the most important Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century. He was internationally known for writing, directing, and starring in the Chespirito (1968), El Chavo del Ocho (1971), and El Chapulín Colorado (1972) television series.

 

The character of El Chavo is one of the most iconic in the history of Latin American television, and El Chavo del Ocho continues to be immensely popular, with daily worldwide viewership averaging 91 million viewers per episode.

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Mexican actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos ‘Chespirito’, poses during the launching of a television series on October 10, 2006 in Mexico City. ‘El Chavo del ocho’, one of the most popular characters played by Gomez Bolanos, makes 40 years on June 21, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Luis ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Roberto Gómez Bolaños "Chespirito" and his wife Florinda Meza with former Mexican President Felipe Calderón (Photo: Google)

Roberto Gómez Bolaños “Chespirito” and his wife Florinda Meza with former Mexican President Felipe Calderón (Photo: Google)

Peru's President Alan Garcia (L) chats with Mexican actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos, el popular actor televisivo 'Chavo del Ocho', during a meeting at the government palace in Lima. on July 16, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Ernesto Benavides (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

Peru’s President Alan Garcia (L) chats with Mexican actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos, el popular actor televisivo ‘Chavo del Ocho’, during a meeting at the government palace in Lima. on July 16, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Ernesto Benavides (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexican President Peña Nieto tweeted: "I deeply regret the death of Mr. Roberto Gómez Bolaños, my sincere condolensces to his family" (Photo: El Universo)

Mexican President Peña Nieto tweeted: “I am deeply sorry for the death of Mr. Roberto Gómez Bolaños, my condolensces to his family” (Photo: El Universo)

Presidents from Ecuador and Colombia also expressed their sorrow for "Chespirito's" death (Photo: El Universo)

Presidents from Ecuador and Colombia also expressed their sorrow for “Chespirito’s” death (Photo: El Universo)

"Chespirito's" memorial service at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (Photo: Google)

“Chespirito’s” memorial service at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (Photo: Google)

Source: http://www.eluniverso.com/

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