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Cantinflas in 1964
BornMario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes
12 August 1911(1911-08-12)
Mexico Ceety, Mexico
Dee'd20 Apryle 1993(1993-04-20) (aged 81)
Mexico Ceety, Mexico
Years active1937–82
Hauf-marrae(s)Valentina Ivanova (1936–66)

Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes (12 August 191120 Apryle 1993), wis a Mexican comic film actor kent as Cantinflas. He aften played poor peasants. He became associatit wi Mexico, an haed a lang, successful movie career, includin some time in Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin ance said that Moreno wis the best comedian alive, an Moreno haes been cried the "Charlie Chaplin o Mexico". Tae audiences in the Unitit States, he is best remembered as costarrin wi David Niven in Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Moreno wis involvit in Mexico's labor politics an w, which were aften dangerous. Awtho he wis a poleetical conservative, his reputation as someane who spoke for the poor made him seem real, an became important in the early struggle against charrismo, the ane-pairty govrenment's practice o takkin ower unions.


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