Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’ Bio
|Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, known casually as Mario Moreno, and professionally known as Cantinflas was born on 12 August 1911 in Santa María La Ribera, Mexico City, Mexico and died on 20 April 1993 Mexico City, Mexico. He was a Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter and an iconic figure in Mexico and Latin America. He often portrayed impoverished farmers or a peasant of pelado origin.|
|Born||12 August 1911 in Santa María La Ribera, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Died||20 April 1993 (aged 81) Mexico City, Mexico|
|Cause of death||Lung Cancer|
|Occupation||Comic film actor|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Valentina Ivanova (1936–66; her death)|
|Son||Mario Arturo Moreno Ivanova|
|Parents||His parents were Pedro Moreno Esquivel his father, an impoverished mail carrier, and María de la Soledad Reyes Guízar, his mother (from Cotija, Michoacan)|
|Siblings||Pedro, José (“Pepe”), Eduardo, Esperanza, Catalina, Enrique, and Roberto.|
|Net Worth||When he died in 1993 aged 81, his net worth was $25 million|
|Google Doodle||On 12 August 2018, Google honored Mario Moreno “Cantinflas’” on what would would have been his 107th Birthday with a Google Doodle.|
|Awards||Golden Globe (1956)
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’ Biography
Mario Moreno was born in the Santa María la Ribera neighbourhood of Mexico City and grew up in the tough neighbourhood of Tepito. His parents were Pedro Moreno Esquivel his father, an impoverished mail carrier, and María de la Soledad Reyes Guízar, his mother (from Cotija, Michoacan). Cantinflas was one of eight children born to the family. His other siblings were Pedro, José (“Pepe”), Eduardo, Esperanza, Catalina, Enrique, and Roberto.
He made it through stressful situations with the quick wit and street smarts that he would later apply in his films. His funny personality led him to a circus tent show, and from there to legitimate theatre and film.
He married Valentina Ivanova Zubareff, of Russian ethnicity, on October 27, 1936, and remained with her until her death in January 1966. A son was born to Moreno in 1961 by another woman; the child was adopted by Valentina Ivanova and was named Mario Arturo Moreno Ivanova, causing some references to erroneously refer to him as “Cantinflas’ took the son”. Moreno Ivanova died on May 15, 2017, of a presumed heart attack.
He served as president of one of the Mexican actors’ guild known as Asociación Nacional de Actores (ANDA, “National Association of Actors”) and as first secretary general of the independent film workers’ union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Producción Cinematográfica (STPC). Following his retirement, Moreno devoted his life to helping others through charity and humanitarian organizations, especially those dedicated to helping children. His contributions to the Roman Catholic Church and orphanages made him a folk hero in Mexico.
He was a Freemason, initiated at Chilam Balam Lodge.
Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’ Death and Cause
Cantinflas died on 20 April 1993 due to lung cancer which was as a result of consistent smoking of Tobacco. His funeral was attended by Thousands of mourners brazing the heavy rains on the time of his burial. The ceremony was a national event, lasting three days. His body lay in state in the Rotonda de Las Personas Ilustres (The Rotunda of Illustrious Persons, formerly known as Rotunda of Illustrious Men) and he was honored by many heads of state and the United States Senate, which held a moment of silence for him.
A 20-year legal battle followed between Mario Moreno Ivanova, Cantinflas’ son and heir to his estate, and the actor’s blood nephew Eduardo Moreno Laparade over the control of 34 films made by Cantinflas. The nephew claimed his uncle gave him a written notice to the rights for movies on his deathbed. Moreno Ivanova argued that he was the direct heir of Cantinflas and that the rights belonged to him. Moreno Laparade won the lawsuit twice, but Moreno Ivanova eventually triumphed after two appeals. In 2005, Mario Moreno Ivanova, Jr. won the rights to 39 films and the name.
Over the same period, there was another legal battle between Columbia Pictures and Moreno Ivanova over control of these films. Columbia claimed that it had bought the rights to the 34 movies four decades earlier, although the court noted several discrepancies in the papers. Moreno Ivanova wanted the rights to the films to remain his, and more generally Mexico’s, as a national treasure. On June 2, 2001, the eight-year battle was resolved with Columbia retaining ownership over the 34 disputed films
Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’ Google Doodle
On 12 August 2018, Google honored Mario Moreno “Cantinflas’” on what would would have been his 107th Birthday with a Google Doodle.
Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’ Awards and nominations
|1952||Ariel Awards||Special Ariel||Won|
|1957||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor
in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
|Around the World in 80 Days||Won|
|1961||Laurel Awards||Top Male Comedy Performance||Nominated|
|1962||Menorah Awards||Best Comic Actor||El analfabeto||Won|