Beloved Mexican actor and comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, best known for his role as “Chespirito,” has died, Televisa announced Friday. He was 85.
Bolanos passed away at his home in Cancun, Mexico, according to the Spanish-language television network. The cause of death was not immediately known.
The comedian was renowned for his signature character on the long-running TV series “El Chavo del Ocho,” in which he played a boy living in a neighborhood of Mexico City.
The first episode of the series that brought Bolanos international recognition aired in June 1971.
The actor’s other well-known roles included El Chapulín Colorado, El Chanfle and Chompiras.
Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bolanos)
Born: 2/21/1929, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 11/28/2014, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Chespirito’s western – director, actor, storywriter, songwriter:
Un par… a todo dar – 1951 [storywriter]
¡En peligro de muerte!1962 [songwriter]
Capulina 'Speedy' González: 'El Rápido – 1970 [songwriter]
Charrito – 1984 (Chespirito) [director, storywriter, screenwriter]