The Chespirito Biopic Is Coming — Here’s What We Know So Far

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Throughout his career, Mexican actor, writer, and comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños, aka Chespirito, was best known for playing hilarious characters on TV series like Chespirito, El Chavo del Ocho, and El Chapulín Colorado.

Now, a biographical TV series about Bolaños is in production and will hit on key moments of the comedian’s life and career–from his time as an amateur boxer in Mexico City to his rise in popularity on Mexican TV sketch shows that aired across Latin America.

It is also being reported that the series will cover his estranged relationships with co-stars Carlos Villagrán (Quico) and Maria Antonieta de las Nieves (La Chilindrina), as well as his romance with Florinda Meza, the Mexican actress who starred as Doña Florinda on Bolaños’ shows and married in 2004.

Currently, the series is reportedly in the casting phase and expects production to begin sometime in March 2022. Actor Lalo España is apparently campaigning for the lead role. “Roberto (Chespirito’s son) knows that I am interested in the project,” España said. “I sent him a video that he seems to like.”

Bolaños got his start on the show Los Supergenios de la Mesa Cuadrada, which was later renamed Chespirito y la Mesa Cuadrada and then renamed again as Chespirito. His characters El Chavo, El Chapulín Colorado, and Dr. Chapatín made their debuts on said show.

After his TV career, Bolaños continued to play his beloved characters on tours through Mexico and Latin America. Bolaños died from heart failure as a complication of Parkinson’s disease on November 28, 2014, at the age of 85.