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: 12 August 1911


: Leo


: 20 April 1993


: 81 years


  • Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno-Reyes, known casually as Mario Moreno, and known professionally as Cantinflas, was a Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter and an iconic figure in Mexico and Latin America
When was Cantinflas born?12 August 1911
When did Cantinflas die? / Died20 April 1993
How many years did Cantinflas live? / Lived81 years
Zodiac sign:Leo

Cantinflas facts

  • 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
  • Charlie Chaplin once commented that he was the best comedian alive, and Moreno has been referred to as the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico"
  • To audiences in the United States, he is best remembered as co-starring with David Niven in the Academy Award winner for Best Picture film Around the World in 80 Days, for which Moreno won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • As a pioneer of the cinema of Mexico, Moreno helped usher in its golden era
  • In addition to being a business leader, he also became involved in Mexico's tangled and often dangerous labor politics
  • Although he was a political conservative, his reputation as a spokesperson for the downtrodden gave his actions authenticity and became important in the early struggle against charrismo, the one-party government's practice of co-opting and controlling unions
  • Moreover, his character Cantinflas, whose identity became enmeshed with his own, was examined by media critics, philosophers, and linguists, who saw him variably as a danger to Mexican society, a bourgeois puppet, a kind philanthropist, a transgressor of gender roles, a pious Catholic, a verbal innovator, and a picaresque underdog
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