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Mario Moreno Cantinflas has been an icon in Latin American humor and comedy. Photo: Getty.
Mario Moreno Cantinflas is an icon of Latin American humor and comedy. Photo: Getty Images.

The Cantinflas Museum will open in Mexico

Mexican comedian Mario Moreno "Cantinflas," who died in 1993, will have a museum dedicated to his work.

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At the new Cantinflas Museum, visitors will be able to find approximately 1,500 pieces that belonged to the comedian Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, "Cantinflas," also known as the "Mexican Charles Chaplin."

Among these collection pieces are unpublished photographs that were taken by Adolf Hitler's photographer, personal clothing, and glasses, as confirmed by the widow of his only son, Tita Marbez, who spoke to Televisa.

“I am amazed at the collection of author photos, it turns out that they have double value, because of the author of the photo that I believe that in one of those there is a photographer who was the one who took the photos of Hitler, so they already have a double historical burden, Don Mario, where did the author come from, from the author's history and there are very cool copies,” she said. "The things of Cantinflas do not belong to anyone, but to the people of Mexico and the idea is that they are available to the people." 

Derbez has not confirmed what the museum will be called or in what area of ​​Mexico City it will be located, but it is estimated that the official opening will be in 2023, in commemoration of the 30 years since his death.

In this way, Cantinflas will join other Mexican artistic figures who also have museums, such as the painter Frida Kahlo and the singer Selena Quintanilla, considered the queen of Tex-Mex.

Who was Cantinflas?

Mario Moreno “Cantinflas” was born in the Mexican capital on Aug. 12, 1911. His career as an actor began in 1937, when he acted in No te deceives Corazón.

The film was not a success, but it opened more doors for Cantinflas to star in other films.

Four years later, he starred in There's the detail, which became a box office success.

In 1956, the Mexican artist won a Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Comedy or Musical for his role in Around the World in 80 Days. The production also marked his premiere in Hollywood.

Throughout his career as an actor, Cantinflas recorded a total of some 50 films between Mexico and the United States, and catapulted Latin American humor to the world.

On April 20, 1993, Moreno died due to complications from lung cancer.

When his father died, his son Mario Moreno Ivanova was left as the only heir. He also died in 2017, so Tita Marbez, Moreno Ivanova's widow, was named as the new heir.

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