Luis Vigoreaux
Puerto Rican actor
Luis Vigoreaux
Luis Vigoreaux Rivera was a Puerto Rican radio and television show host, announcer, comedian and producer. Vigoreaux was considered a pioneer in the television business in Puerto Rico, and enjoyed success with several radio and television shows throughout his career. Vigoreaux was brutally murdered on January 17, 1983. His wife, Lydia Echevarría, was convicted of the planification of the murder, along with two hitmen.
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Luisito Vigoreaux y Héctor Marcano retomarán programas de juegos - Primera Hora
Google News - over 5 years
El palo encebao fue un juego que caló hondo entre los puertorriqueños que formaba parte de la emisión Sube, nene, sube, conducida por el fenecido actor y productor Luis Vigoreaux en los 70. El reto consistía en que participaban varias parejas y el
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Luisito Vigoreaux: ¡Verde a los 60! - Primera Hora
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Unos que no se perdieron el cumpleaños de Luis Vigoreaux, hijo, fueron Cordelia González, Malule González y Santiago Rubín. La actriz Marilyn Pupo y su esposo Eduardo Penedo también estuvieron entre los invitados al cumpleaños número 60 de Luis
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Tirotean a hombre en la Baldorioty - Primera Hora
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La Policía informó que un hombre fue baleado esta tarde en la marginal del expreso Baldorioty de Castro, esquina calle Luis Vigoreaux en Barrio Obrero. De acuerdo con el informe preliminar, Rigoberto Orozco, alias “Bolo”, de 26 años y vecino del
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Alertas del tránsito en la tarde - Primera Hora
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Avenida PR 19 Luis Vigoreaux intersección con la avenida Gonzalez Giusti tránsito pesado. Avenida Ramirez De Arellano tránsito pesado en intersección con avenida PR 177. Tránsito pesado en la avenida Esmeralda PR 169, PR 177 y PR 199 en ruta hacia el
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Alertas del tránsito en la tarde - Primera Hora
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Congestión de tránsito en la avenida Luis Vigoreaux intersección con la avenida González Giusti. Tránsito pesado en la avenida Esmeralda en ruta hacia el Expreso Martínez Nadal. Accidente en el Expreso Baldorioty de Castro frente al aeropuerto Luis
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Alertas del tránsito de la mañana - Primera Hora
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Guaynabo: Tránsito pesado en la avenida Gonzales Giusti intersección con la avenida PR19, Luis Vigoreaux. Pesado el tránsito en la avenida Ramirez De Arellano en ruta hacia la avenida PR177. Tránsito pesado en las carreteras PR177 y PR199 en ruta hacia
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NYTimes - over 32 years
A Star Is Charged Divorce was out of the question for Lydia Echevarria , but murder was not, according to the scenario drawn by the authorities in Puerto Rico. For years, Miss Echevarria and her husband, Luis Vigoreaux, appeared as the happily married co-hosts of a popular weekly television variety show. Then rumors of marital problems were
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PUERTO RICAN STAR IS HELD IN MURDER
NYTimes - over 32 years
For years television viewers here watched what appeared to be a close-knit marriage between Luis Vigoreaux and Lydia Echevarria, co-hosts of a popular weekly variety show. But recently, after more than a year of mystery surrounding Mr. Vigoreaux's grisly death, the viewers saw Miss Echevarria being taken into custody, charged with having him
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AROUND THE NATION; TV Personality's Wife Charged in His Death
NYTimes - over 32 years
A 20-month hunt for the killers of a Puerto Rican television and radio personality ended today when murder charges were filed against his estranged wife and four other people, according to island officials. Police officials said Lydia Echevarria, a longtime radio soap opera star and television hostess in her 50's, paid more than $25,000 for the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luis Vigoreaux
    FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 54
    On the morning of January 18, 1983, Vigoreaux didn't show up to work at the radio station or at WAPA-TV, causing his co-workers to worry.
    More Details Hide Details When his Mercedes-Benz was found with a burned body inside, it was taken to the medical examiner's office, where it was confirmed it was Vigoreaux. His death launched a wave of rumors and speculations, and led to one of the biggest trials in Puerto Rico's history. His wife, Lydia Echevarría, was accused formally of his murder, along with Papo Newman and David López-Watts. Allegedly, Echevarría had become jealous of a relationship Vigoreaux had started with actress Nydia Castillo, and had paid Newman and López-Watts to either beat him or murder him. Vigoreaux's body was found gagged, stabbed, and burned inside the car's trunk. Echevarría has maintained her innocence, but she was convicted to a life sentence in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Newman and López-Watts received similar sentences. However, Echevarría and López-Watts only served roughly 12 years in jail. In January 2000, Governor Pedro Rosselló granted Echevarría a pardon, which was largely criticized by the people.
  • 1980
    Age 51
    In 1980, Vigoreaux went back to WAPA-TV and all his shows were re-scheduled.
    More Details Hide Details He also became the show host of that station's lunch hour variety show, El Show Del Mediodia, and began playing the role of Pedro Navaja in a play La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja. He would act in that play many times, as well as in a play named Angeles Caidos. In addition, he returned to the radio with a program named Buenos Dias, Puerto Rico, on radio station WBMJ-AM, Radio Rock, and worked, for a short period of time, as a television reporter for Noticentro 4.
  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 41
    In 1970, Vigoreaux developed a game show named Sube Nene, Sube.
    More Details Hide Details Hosted by Vigoreaux it became one of the most seen shows in Puerto Rican television history. Due to this success, WAPA-TV asked Vigoreaux to produce and host a few more game shows. Vigoreaux responded by creating Pa'rriba, Papi, Pa'rriba, which was a variation of Sube Nene, Sube, and Dale que Dale en Domingo. With the production and hosting of all those shows at the same time, the Vigoreaux family opened a studio, which they named Estudio CVC. They were also responsible for the transmission of the MDA television marathon in Puerto Rico. Vigoreaux later jumped to Channel 11, then named the Perez-Perry Network. He bought the Teatro Nuevo San Juan, from where he started transmitting his new show. But this show was not as successful, and soon Vigoreaux found himself off the air.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 29
    In 1958, Vigoreaux met actress Lydia Echevarría, while still married to his first wife. After divorcing, they married on February 10, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He and Echevarria had two daughters, Vanessa and Glendalys Vigoreaux. Glendalys committed suicide on July 15, 2008.
  • 1954
    Age 25
    With the arrival of television to Puerto Rico in 1954, Vigoreaux began his transition hosting a show called El Show Libby's, sponsored by the company of its namesake.
    More Details Hide Details He then hosted the show El tren de la alegría. Vigoreaux later moved to WAPA-TV, motivated by the possibility of working with actor Mario Pabón. They wrote the story for a soap opera, but the project fell through. However, Vigoreaux moved on when he and his second wife, Lydia Echevarria, began hosting the show named La Hora Cero. The show presented many local and international singers, including Celia Cruz, José Feliciano and Marco Antonio Muñiz. The Vigoreaux family became one of the most famous families in Puerto Rico. Some even referred to the Vigoreaux-Echevarria couple as the Lucy and Desi of Puerto Rico, in reference to the marriage of American comedians Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
    Between 1954 and 1955, he joined fellow comedian José Miguel Agrelot in a theater show that took them to many Latin American communities in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The theater show eventually led to a radio program named Torito and Company, after Torito, the character that Agrelot played. Vigoreaux himself played the character of Don Toribio.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Vigoreaux was born on April 12, 1928 in the Chupacallos ward of Ceiba, Puerto Rico.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of the eight children of Eulalia and Enrique Vigoreaux, a sugarcane worker at Fajardo Sugar Company. His father died when he was young, forcing Eulalia to take charge of the family. When Vigoreaux was 14 years old, they moved to San Juan, specifically Río Piedras. Vigoreaux studied at the Vila Mayo High School. As a teenager, Vigoreaux found work in a radio station named WIAC-FM, which was managed by Tomás Muñiz (father of Tommy Muñiz). There, Vigoreaux worked on a show called Alma Estudiantil. With the beginning of World War II, most of the professional hosts were enlisted for war, which led to Vigoreaux having the opportunity to work at the station. During that period, Vigoreaux worked in various areas of entertainment and show business. He served as host, presenter, commentator, among other jobs. He also became the spokesperson for Sello Rojo rice in Puerto Rico, which he did for 30 years.
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