Cantinflas Cantinflas

Mexican film actor Cantinflas Cantinflas

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.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 81
    A lifelong smoker, he died of lung cancer on April 20, 1993 in Mexico City.
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  • 1992
    Age 80
    Later in a 1992 American interview, Moreno cited the language barrier as the biggest impediment to his making it big in the United States.
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    Cantinflas confirmed this version in 1992, in his last television interview.
  • 1972
    Age 60
    A cartoon series, the Cantinflas Show, was made in 1972 starring an animated Cantinflas.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1956
    Age 44
    Variety magazine said in 1956 that his Chaplinesque quality made a big contribution to the success of the film.
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    In 1956, Around the World in 80 Days, Cantinflas' American debut, earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a musical or comedy.
  • 1953
    Age 41
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 29
    Ni sangre, ni arena ("Neither Blood, nor Sand" a play on words on the bullfighter/gladiator phrase Blood and Sand), the 1941 bullfighting film, broke box-office records for Mexican-made films throughout Spanish-speaking countries.
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    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).
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  • 1940
    Age 28
    Before this, Reachi produced 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.
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  • 1939
    Age 27
    Reachi established Posa Films in 1939 with two partners: Cantinflas and Fernandez.
  • 1936
    Age 24
    Cantinflas made his film debut in 1936 with No te engañes corazón (Don't Fool Yourself Dear) before meeting Reachi, but the film received little attention.
    He married Valentina Ivanova Zubareff, of Russian ethnicity, on October 27, 1936, and remained with her until her death in January 1966.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1930
    Age 18
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Born
    Born on August 12, 1911.
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