Comedian + Actor
Born Aug 12, 1911
Hometown Mexico City
Died Apr 20, 1993
Death Place Mexico City
Other Names Mario Alfonso For...

Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes, was a Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter known professionally as Cantinflas. He often portrayed impoverished campesinos or a peasant of pelado origin. The character came to be associated with the national identity of Mexico, and allowed Cantinflas to establish a long, successful film career that included a foray into Hollywood.… Read More

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1911 Birth Born on August 12, 1911.


1930 18 Years Old Before starting his professional life in entertainment, he explored a number of possible careers, such as medicine and professional boxing, before joining the entertainment world as a dancer. By 1930 he was involved in Mexico City's carpa (travelling tent) circuit, performing in succession with the Ofelia, Sotelo of Azcapotzalco, and finally the Valentina carpa, where he met his future wife. … Read More


1936 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Valentina Ivanova Zubareff, of Russian ethnicity, on October 27, 1936, and remained with her until her death in January 1966. … Read More
1939 27 Years Old He established Posa Films in 1939, producing short films that allowed him to develop the Cantinflas character, but it was in 1940 that he finally became a movie star, after shooting Ahí está el detalle ("There's the rub", literally "There lies the detail"), with Sofía Álvarez, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, and Dolores Camarillo. … Read More
1941 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1941, Moreno first played the role of a police officer on film in El gendarme desconocido ("The unknown police officer" a play on words on "The Unknown Soldier). … Read More


1946 34 Years Old In 1946, he rejected Mexican film companies and instead signed with Columbia Pictures. … Read More


1953 41 Years Old On August 30, 1953, Cantinflas began performing his theatrical work Yo Colón ("I, Columbus") in the Teatro de los Insurgentes, the same theatre that had earlier been embroiled in a controversy over a Diego Rivera mural incorporating Cantinflas and the Virgin of Guadalupe. … Read More
1956 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, Around the World in Eighty Days, Cantinflas's American debut earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a musical or comedy.


1992 80 Years Old Later in a 1992 American interview, Moreno cited the language barrier as the biggest impediment to his making it big in the United States. … Read More
1993 82 Years Old In 1993, after his death in Mexico City of lung cancer, thousands appeared on the rainy day for his funeral. … Read More
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