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Cantinflas

Lowest Rated:   33% The Night Heaven Fell (1958)
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Birthplace:   Cotija Michoacan, Mexico
A small man with big ears, a distinctive mustache, pants that never stayed up, and a jaunty little cap cocked upon his eternally mussed hair, comic actor Cantinflas is beloved throughout the Spanish-speaking world and considered the Mexican Charlie Chaplin. Like Chaplin, Cantinflas' frenetic brand of slapstick was as balletic as it was athletic, leading others to compare him to Buster Keaton. His ability to combine humor with pathos was also decidedly Chaplin-esque, while his portrayal of the cocky, optimistic, but naïve little guy evoked Harold Lloyd. But despite such comparisons, Cantinflas' overall style was unique. Unlike the great silent funnymen to which he is compared, Cantinflas worked during the sound era. He usually played a smart-alecky peasant or average fellow and was famous for weasling out of trouble with the authorities by overwhelming them with intimidatingly pompous machine-gun speed monologues that, while sounding gloriously informed, signified absolutely nothing.He was born Mario Moreno Reyes and started out singing and dancing in traveling tent variety shows known as carpas. He gained a large following as a circus clown and acrobat and then became a bullfighter/bullring clown, the Mexican equivalent of American rodeo clowns who distract bulls from performers in trouble. Cantinflas made his film debut in 1936 with No te Engages Corazon. Forty-nine more films followed. His humor is deeply rooted in Spanish cultures; this combined with his unique patter did not translate well to non-Spanish-speaking audiences. He did have one English-language success when he played Passepartout, loyal valet of Phinneas Fogg, in the smash hit Around the World in 80 Days (1956). He did not make another Hollywood film until 1960's notorious box-office bomb Pepe. After that rare failure, Cantinflas returned to making Spanish-language films. Following his retirement in the late '60s, Cantinflas devoted his life to helping others through charity and humanitarian organizations, especially those dedicated to helping children. In 1988, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Mexican Academy of Cinema. In 1993, shortly before his death from lung cancer, Cantinflas was named a "symbol of peace and happiness of the Americas."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Los Tres Mosqueteros
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Barrendero, El
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet El Barrendero
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Patrullero 777, El
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Ministro y yo, El (The Minister and Me)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet El Profe (The Professor)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Un Quijote Sin Mancha
  • Justo Leal y Aventado
1969
No Score Yet Por mis pistolas (With My Guns)
  • Fidenco
1968
No Score Yet Su Excelencia
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet El señor doctor
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet El padrecito (The Little Priest)
  • Padre Sebastián
1964
No Score Yet The Illiterate One
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet El Analfabeto
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Pepe
1960
33% The Night Heaven Fell
  • Alfonso
1958
No Score Yet El Bolero de Raquel
  • El bolero
1957
69% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Passepartout
1956
No Score Yet Charro Immortal
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Caballero a La Medida
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet El Señor Fotografo
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet El Bombero atómico
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Si Yo Fuera Diputado
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet El Bombero Atomico
  • Agent 777
1952
No Score Yet Volar Joven!
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Soy Un Profugo
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet One Day with the Devil (Un Día con el diablo)
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Romeo Y Julieta
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet El Circo
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet El Gendarme Desconocido
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Ni Sangre Ni Arena
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Here Is the Point (Ahí está el detalle)
  • Cantinflas/"Leonardo del Paso"
1940
No Score Yet El Signo de la Muerte
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Aguila o sol
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Don't Fool Yourself Dear (No Te Enganes Corazon)
  • Cantinflas
1937
No Score Yet Asi es mi tierra!
  • Polito
1937
No Score Yet Don Quijote cabalga de nuevo (Don Quixote Rides Again)
  • Actor
No Score Yet El extra (The Extra)
  • Actor

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