Who is Chabelo and where is he today? Is he dead? Wiki Bio
Francisco Xavier Lopez Rodriguez was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, on 17 February 1935, so his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he holds Mexican nationality. He is a TV host and an actor, best known for hosting the TV show “En Familia con Chabelo” which could have been watched on Canal de las Estrellas.
There have been some rumors circulating the internet that the popular actor died in 2019, but these have since been proven false – Chabelo is alive and well living peacefully with his family.
Early life and education
Chabelo grew up with two sisters in Guanajuato, where they were raised by their parents who were both working at a local factory. He was interested in singing and learning how to play a variety of instruments during the time he spent at high school, while he was also practicing his comedy hoping to become a stand-up comedian one day. However, he was mostly focused on wrestling and was supposed to represent Mexico in 1952 at the Olympic Games held in Helsinki, Finland but couldn’t find the sponsors to pay for his ‘plane ticket.
Upon matriculation, Chabelo unexpectedly launched his acting career, and didn’t immediately enroll at college, but after gathering enough money, he began studying medicine, although it’s unknown whether or not he obtained his degree.
Career as an actor
Chabelo met two actors Panseco and Gamboa not long after he finished high school – the two actors were already somewhat popular in Mexico, as Panseco was working on the radio and Gamboa was appearing in TV shows. They taught Chabelo all there is to know about the film and TV industry, which led to Chabelo becoming Pepsi Cola’s spokesman in Mexico, and then made it possible for him to travel all around South and North America.
After he was finished with Pepsi Cola, it was hard for him to find a job, as nobody was paying as much as Pepsi, and he eventually began appearing in a show in New York City for a small portion of what he would normally receive from Pepsi Cola. He made appearances in movies “Trip to the Moon”, “Panchito”, and “El Aviso Inoportuno” in 1958, 1962, and 1969, respectively.
On 30 December 1968, Chabelo launched the show “En Familia con Chabelo” – “In Family with Chabelo” – which became the most popular children’s show in Latin America.
Chabelo created the show for children to work with their parents, and play games and compete at several types of funny contests, while he served as the host of the game and acted as if he himself was a little boy called Chabelo. The show was inducted into the Guinness Records book on 30 December 2012, when it reached 44 years of broadcasting on Sunday mornings without a single break. Three years later on 20 December 2015, “In Family with Chabelo” aired its final episode.
Chabelo is considered a celebrity in Mexico, and has guest starred in over thirty movies and TV series, while he has also produced many shows, including “Los Simuladores” and “La Escuelita VIP” among others.
He is also a musician having released over 30 albums, while many singers including Daniela Romo and Celia Cruz have written songs about Chabelo which are featured on the album “Los Cuates de Chabelo” released in 1999.
Love life and girlfriend
Chabelo was friends with Teresita Miranda years before they married on 31 December 1969, possibly having known each other since high school. They wed in a rather modest ceremony attended by their close friends and family, and his wife gave birth to their first son Oscar in 1970 who was followed by their second son Javier in 1972. Their third son Juan Gabriel was born in 1976, and now Teresita and Chabelo have four grandchildren.
Teresita Miranda has also ventured in the film industry, and has been working as a second unit director and assistant director for years now – some of the movies she has worked on include “Perdeu-se um Marido” and “Dois Dias no Paraiso” released in 1957 and “O Homem do Dia” released in 1958. It is believed that she has helped Chabelo with many ideas which he later used in his show “In Family with Chabelo”.
Hobbies and other interests
Chabelo started learning how to play the drums at the age of 14, and started singing around the same time, writing his first songs at the age of 17.
He knows how to play the guitar and the piano, while he is also good at sports such as basketball, table tennis and golf, which he plays most often. To honor his contribution to comedy, a comic book in which he is the star has been published, while action figures of him have also been made, which can be bought in Mexico. Chabelo is interested in languages, and has invented his own called Mautro together with his friends Manuel ‘El Loco’ Valdes and German Valdes ‘Tin Tan’ – the most popular word from his language is ‘Katafixia’ which means ‘trade’.
Chabelo enjoys watching comedy movies and shows the most, and some of his favorite actors are Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Leslie Nielsen, while some of his favorite movies include the franchise “The Naked Gun”, “Good Morning, Vietnam”, and “Dead Poets Society”. His favorite book is “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.
He likes to travel, and has been all around the US while he has also been to Europe and Asia on several occasions. His favorite cuisine is Mexican while
Appearance and net worth
Chabelo is 85 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 3ins (1.92m) tall, and weighs around 178lbs (81kgs). As of March 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $4 million.