Birth Name: Roberto Gómez Bolaños
Date of Birth: 21 February, 1929
Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Date of Death: 28 November, 2014
Place of Death: Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Ethnicity: Mexican [Spanish, Galician, Basque, possibly other]
Chespirito was a Mexican actor, comedian, screenwriter, humorist, director, and producer. He was one of the most loved and respected comedians in Latin America. He was also known as “Little Shakespeare.”
Chespirito was the son of Elsa Bolaños Aguilar, from Oaxaca, and Francisco Gómez Linares, a painter and cartoonist, from Guanajuato, Guanajuato. His brother was actor Horacio Gómez Bolaños. He was a first cousin, once removed, of politician Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, who was President of Mexico, from 1 December, 1964 to 30 November, 1970.
Chespirito was married to actress, comedian, television producer, and screenwriter Florinda Meza, until his death. He had six children, including producer, artist, actor, and comedian Roberto Gómez Fernández, with his former wife Graciela Fernández.
Chespirito’s paternal grandfather was Joaquín Gómez Conto (the son of Francisco de Paula Gómez Unigarro and Maria Ignacia de La Paz Couto Miñón). Joaquín was born in Santa Fe, Guanajuato. Francisco was the son of José Ramón Gómez and Juana Unigarro. Maria was the daughter of José Domingo Couto Ybea and Joaquina Miñón Altamirano. Maria’s paternal grandfather was Blas Antonio Couto Avalle, who was born in Galicia.
Chespirito’s paternal grandmother was Maria Guadalupe Linares (the daughter of Luis Linares and Faustina Aguiar). Maria was born in Guanajuato.
Chespirito’s maternal grandfather was Ramón Bolaños Cacho (the son of Ramon Bolaños Echeverria and Sabina Cacho Apesechea). Chespirito’s grandfather Ramón was born in Oaxaca, and was of Basque descent. Chespirito’s great-grandfather Ramon was the son of Aurelio Bolaños Martinez and Ana Maria Josepha Jimenez Echavarria y Varela. Sabina was the daughter of Julian Yldefonso Guadalupe Cacho Ugalde and Maria Josefa del Carmen Apezechea Monteagudo.
Chespirito’s maternal grandmother was María Concepción Aguilar Rodríguez (the daughter of Manuel Ysidro Aguilar Torres and Emilia Rodriguez Novoa). María was born in Zacatecas. Manuel was the son of Silverio Aguilar Zúñiga and Manuela Torres Cantabrana. Emilia was the daughter of Mariano Rodriguez Calvo and Maria Del Pilar Novoa Avila.
He descended from the House of Ibelin, which descended from the Armenian Royal Family.