Who is Chespirito?

Roberto Gómez Bolaños (21 February 1929 – 28 November 2014), more commonly known by his pseudnym Chespirito, was a Mexican screenwriter, actor, comedian, film director, television director, playwright, songwriter and author. He is widely regarded as one of the important Spanish-language humorists of the 20th century.

He was internationally known for writing, directing, and starring in the Chespirito (1968), El Chavo del Ocho  (1971), and El Chapulin Colorado (1972) television series. The character of El Chavo is one of the most iconic in the history of Latin American television, and El Chavo del Ocho continues to be immensely popular, with daily worldwide viewership averaging 91 million viewers per episode.

In El Chavo, Chespirito played an 8-year-old boy who often took refuge inside a wooden rain barrel in a Mexican neighborhood, and in El Chapulín Colorado he played a good-hearted superheroe who gets involved in humorous situations.