Unlike the actresses who gave birth to Chilindrina and Doña Florinda, most of the cast lived on activities other than acting.
Almost three months after the popular Mexican comedy series ‘El Chavo del Ocho’, after 47 years of continuous success, stopped running more than 20 countries, it was revealed what his cast did before its first broadcast.
Unlike María Antonieta de las Nieves and Florinda Meza, who respectively gave birth to the Chilindrina already Lady Florinda, not all of the cast was dedicated to acting.
The creator of the series, the famous Mexican actor and comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños ‘Chespirito’ – Died on November 28, 2014–, he had studied Mechanical Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), although he never graduated.
Before becoming an actor, playwright, director, composer and producer, Gómez Bolaños devoted himself to sport and became an “amateur” boxer. However, he did not put his artistic side aside and so, thanks to his writing prowess, he was given the nickname “Chespirito” which would come to “little Shakespeare”. Later he had the opportunity to work for the then newly formed Televisión Independiente de México, where he created “El Chavo del Ocho”.
Ruben Aguirre, who played the role of the popular “Professor Jirafales” and passed away in June 2016, he studied to become an Agricultural Engineer, but he never practiced that profession. Between 1962 and 1970 he worked as a bullfighting reporter and radio host.
He later moved to Mexico City, where he worked in the “El Club de Shory” children’s program. He was there when “Chespirito” convinced him to be part of several television programs. One of them, “El Chavo del Ocho”.
Carlos Villagrán, who played the role of QuicoHe devoted himself to photography: in 1967 he worked as a photojournalist for the newspaper El Heraldo de México, and in 1968 he came to cover the Olympic Games. Taking advantage of his credentials as a journalist, he participated in several “castings” in the Mexicano Telesistema, an alliance made up of several television stations, which would later become Televisa.
During his visits to the canal, he met Rubén Aguirre, who introduced him to ‘Chespirito’ and thanks to this he received an invitation to work on a short improvised ‘sketch’. Some time later, Gómez Bolaños needed an actor to play “Quico” and Villagrán landed the role.
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