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Ruben Aguirre, El ‘Profesor Jirafales’, Passes Away


We have lost another iconic character from the 70’s hit show El Chavo del Ocho. Todo México esta de luto al recibir la triste noticia de que el muy querido Profesor Jirafales, Rubén Aguirre, has passed away at the age of 82.

Born in 1934 in Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico, Aguirre got his first break in radio then moved on to television playing small parts. Eventually he would land the role that would define his career when he joined the TV show El Chavo del Ocho and played “El Profesor Jirafales”. Aguirre’s character gave the show its sentimental heart with the on-air romance with Doña Florinda. His signature expression “ta-ta-ta” became a classic with Latino popular culture.


Rubén Aguirre played several rolls through his acting career but he will always be remembered por ser el maestro favorito de la vecindad and made many generations of latin American’s smile and laugh. Sin ninguna duda el profe será extrañado por toda Latino America especialmente por los Mexicanos. Querido profesor Jirafales gracias por todas las risas, descansa en paz.

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