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Google Doodle Celebrates Cantinflas


Google has dedicated its Doodle to Cantinflas Sunday on the beloved actor’s 107th birthday.

Born Mario Moreno in Mexico City in 1911 and went on to charm generations of Latino filmgoers in dozens of movies before catching the attention of American audiences with is portrayal of Passepartout, Phileas Fogg’s bumbling valet in the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days.

Cantinflas second Hollywood film was 1960’s Pepe, a multimillion-dollar movie that includes cameo appearances from dozens of popular actors. Unfortunately, the film failed at the box office which let the departure of Cantinflas from Hollywood and return to the Mexican cinema.

Cantinflas was best known for his style of pronouncing phrases that provoked people to ask themselves qué era lo que quería decir. This is known as cantinflear.

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.

A lifelong smoker, Cantinflas died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 81.

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