Cantinflas a postal worker’s son and was “the world’s most funniest man” said Charlie Chaplin.
Cantinflas was a funny man. So funny that Charlie Chaplin said he is the most funniest man. He was a comic actor and philanthropist. He caught american audience attention from the flim. Portrayal of Passepartout, Phileas Fogg’s, Around the World in 80 Days are among that.
Google dedicated its Doodle to Cantinflas on the beloved actor’s 107th birthday.
Born Mario Moreno in a Mexico City slum in 1911, Cantinflas was the son of a postal worker. Cantinflas: this name has no literal meaning. He took on a stage name so as to hide from his parents. He doesn’t his parents to know that he was in entertainment business.
Although he’d helped usher in Mexico’s golden era of cinema, Cantinflas’ popularity grew beyond Spanish-speaking audiences only after the release of Around the World in 80 Days, winner of five Academy Awards, including best picture. His second Hollywood film was 1960’s Pepe, a multimillion-dollar epic that included cameo appearances from dozens of popular actors, failed at the box office and led him to abandon Hollywood and return to the Mexican cinema.
Despite Pepe’s famous failure, he was wealthy, earning more than $1.5 million a year at the peak of his career in the late 1950s. But like his famous character, he never forgot his roots — or the people still suffering a similar plight. During his lifetime, he’s said to have donated half his fortune to charity.
A lifelong smoker, he died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 81.
Sunday’s Doodle highlights several of his iconic roles, including as Cantinflas in 1940’s Ahí está el detalle, Margarito/El Siete Machos in 1951’s El Siete Machos, and Padre Sebastián in 1964’s El padrecito.