Tommy Muñiz
Puerto Rican actor and producer
Tommy Muñiz
Lucas Tomás Muñiz Ramírez, better known as Tommy Muñiz, was a Puerto Rican comedy and drama actor, media producer, businessman and network owner. He is considered to be one of the pioneering figures of the television business in Puerto Rico.
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Pequeños inolvidables en la pantalla chica - Primera Hora
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... menor de “Maripili”, no recuerda la edad precisa en la que inició en la televisión, pero sí sabe que estuvo desde muy pequeño en los estudios de grabación en compañía de su padre, Pedro Muñiz, y de su abuelo, el fenecido productor Tommy Muñiz
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La vida en una carcajada - El Nuevo Dia.com
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“Yoyo Boing”, fue el nombre con que le bautizó el desaparecido productor Tommy Muñiz buscando criollizar el personaje “Jughead Jones” que Rivera interpretó en “Las aventuras de Andy Tenorio” (basado en las tirillas cómicas de “Archie”),
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Review/Television; He Watches TV Sports; She Eyes Another Sport
NYTimes - over 25 years
In "Crazy From the Heart," tonight's television movie at 8 on TNT, Christine Lahti plays a high-school principal in Tidewater, Tex., who finds herself spinning into spinsterhood because her longtime boyfriend, Coach Dewey Whitcomb (William Russ), is too busy watching sports on television to propose. The appearance of a new and very obliging school
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Surrealism Meets Politics in Festival Latino Film
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LEAD: In ''Gentile Alouette'' (''The Colonel's Star''), one of the most intriguing features to be shown in the 1990 Festival Latino Film series, Geraldine Chaplin portrays a Hispanic movie actress working in Paris who is stalked by a colonel of the secret police of an unnamed Latin American country. In ''Gentile Alouette'' (''The Colonel's Star''),
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    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Tommy Muñíz died January 15, 2009 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
    More Details Hide Details Luz María García de la Noceda died a day after her 87th. birthday, on October 21, 2011. Tommy Muñiz's life is described in two books: an autobiography named "Así he vivido" ("That's the way I've lived") and "¡Juan, Juan, Juan! Crónicas de la televisión en tiempos de don Tommy" by Puerto Rican author Beba García. Radio productions Television productions
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Manolo was a businessman before his untimely death in July 1995.
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  • 1991
    As a consequence of his part in Lo que le Pasó a Santiago, Muñiz was selected to act in the 1991 television comedy film Crazy From The Heart, directed by Thomas Schlamme and featuring Christine Lahti and Rubén Blades.
    More Details Hide Details In the movie, Muñiz played Blades' father, a Mexican peasant with a proclivity for setting billboards on fire as a protest. The movie was eventually broadcast by Turner Network Television (TNT). Muñíz was married to Luz María García de la Noceda and they had eight children: Rafael (aka Rafo), Ruby, Hilda, Mario, Luzie, Tomito, Manolo, Pedro and Félix Antonio (Toño). Rafo and Pedro are both well-known actors and producers and Toño currently is Production Manager for various promoters in Puerto Rico. In the 80's and 90's Toño was the producer of the yearly top Salsa event in the Caribbean, "Festival de Salsa Winston"; Pedro directed a dramatic film, Cayo.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, he and Rodríguez reunited to act in the movie Lo que le Pasó a Santiago, directed by Jacobo Morales, a longtime friend of Muñíz.
    More Details Hide Details The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film becoming the first and only Puerto Rican film so far to do so.
  • 1988
    In 1988, he became one of the largest minority owners of another channel, TeleOnce.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    As a result, in November 1973, Puerto Rico witnessed one of the largest labor disputes between the local Actors Union and Tommy Muñiz Productions.
    More Details Hide Details In solidarity with Reymundi, seven actors left Muñiz's productions demanding fringe benefits from the company. Production on Muñiz's programs stopped for two weeks, with many unionized technicians joining the protesting actors at the picket line. The actors then formed Astra, an actors' conglomerate inspired by the origins of United Artists. Astra produced the experimental television programs Ahí va eso (There Goes That) and Sin ton ni son (No tune no beat). The conglomerate dissolved shortly after. The strike left a lasting impression in Muñiz that sent him into a depression. Some of Astra's actors eventually reconciled with Muñiz. In the late 1970s, Muñiz revived a comedy format that he had successfully used in three previous radio and television productions, the family sitcom. He produced and acted in a comedy series named Los García together with his real-life son Rafo Muñiz, and with longtime friend Gladys Rodríguez. Also starring by William Gracia as Pepín, Gina Beveraggi as Gini, Edgardo Rubio as Junito, Manela Bustamante as Doña Tony, Emma Rosa Vincenty as Doňa Cayetana, and more actors. The show became the most successful television show on Puerto Rican history, having a mostly successful six-year run and staying for three of those years at the top of local television ratings.
  • OTHER
  • 1955
    He was producer or executive producer for dozens of television programs and specials between 1955 and 1995.
    More Details Hide Details At one time in the early 1960s, five programs produced by Muñiz were in the top five television rankings in local audience surveys. One of the programs even spawned a 1967 film, "La Criada Malcriada", starring Velda González, Shorty Castro and Muñiz, among others. He is credited for producing most of José Miguel Agrelot's television programs during his career. He is also credited with discovering and promoting other television artists as well, particularly Otilio Warrington. In the 70's he was the channel 7 owner (WLUZ-TV San Juan, Puerto Rico). At one time or another, Muñiz also owned a restaurant (La Campana) in Cayey), a pet shop in San Juan, a zoo (Monoloro) in Carolina, a thoroughbred stable, and a summer camp for children ("Camp Gualí"). He later delegated many of the administrative functions of his production company as to concentrate in scriptwriting and acting.
  • 1922
    Muñiz Ramírez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on February 4, 1922, to Don Tomás Muñíz Souffront and Monserrate "Nena" Ramírez.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Don Tomás, was a marketing executive who later became the administrator (and eventual owner) of various radio stations, as well as a radio producer. Although Muñíz was born in Ponce, he was raised in the capital city of San Juan where he studied. Muñíz developed an interest in the entertainment business thanks to his father and to his uncle and godfather Félix Muñíz, who also produced radio programs. He started by being the messenger of the marketing firm where his father and uncle used to work, and eventually became a radio scriptwriter. Muñiz was a very successful radio producer in Puerto Rico during the mid- to late 1940s. Five of his radio programs -comedies for which he was often the scriptwriter, sometimes with the assistance of Sylvia Rexach- would consistently earn a strong following, as judged by the attendance to personal presentations of the artists featured in them. He was responsible for introducing more than a dozen new artists to the media. He bought Radio Luz 1600 (WLUZ-AM) a radio station at Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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