This Iconic Actor Is One Of The Funniest Memes On Twitter And Here Are The Best That Make Us
If you grew up in a Latino family, particularly a Mexican family, chances are that you either grew up watching or have heard of Chabelo. He is Mexican pop culture royalty due to the long run of his show En Familia con Chabelo in which he personified childhood silliness.
Yes, he was a grown man dressed as a boy and talking in a high pitched voice.
For the rest of the world this might seem a bit weird and even uncanny, but for Chabelo is a symbol of childhood and a reliable presence throughout our lives. Imagine if your dad, your kids, and your grandpa all watched the same show when little! In addition to this super successful show in which he sang and organized fun competitions, he has appeared in more than thirty films and at his height recorded more than thirty albums with kids songs.
Because he has been around for so long, Chabelo has also become an Internet celebrity.
Memes constantly pop up making fun of his longevity, but most do it in a very respectful manner BTW!
So, yes, Chabelo was born in the United States, but he is currently a Mexican citizen.
Xavier López Rodríguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, from a couple who was originally from Leon, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Xavier was drafted by the U.S. Army when he turned 18 and was going to fight in the Korean War, but the conflict ended. He then moved to Mexico to study.
OK, let’s clarify something first: so how old is Chabelo? Really?
He was born on February 17, 1935 (not at the beginning of time as the Internet claims!). He is only 84 years old, but his career as an actor has spanned over 60 years. Sure, there are actors and other celebrities that have worked for that long, but Chabelo has been a constant, weekly presence in Mexican television, so many viewers have actually grown up watching him. He says if his long presence in the public imagination: “My audience makes the difference, the one that participates, what has kept me viable, I thank the Mexican audience that has allowed me to do what I love and not have an actual job.”
He has been there for at least three generations of Latin American kids.
Chabelo started his career in 1952 and established himself as a reliant comedic voice. However, his big breakthrough happened in 1967, when his weekly show En Familia con Chabelo started airing on Mexican free to air television. The show ran for a total of 48 seasons and ended in December 2015 after 2495 episodes. He says about children: “Children are honest, marvelous and beautiful beings, one hundred percent of what a person should be”.
He almost became a medical doctor, but his true passion took over! Gracias a Dios, cuates!
Just like any father, Chabelo’s puso el grito en el cielo when his son told him he wanted to become an actor, especially because he “When I quit med school in second year my father thought I was making a big mistake, a sinful mistake, in abandoning my med career to be an actor. I knew, however, that being an actor was just as noble, dignified and important as being a doctor, so I had the obligation to study and I keep learning every day.”
He even shared the screen with the great late Cantinflas.
Just look at that image: if you have Mexican heritage this will bring tears of joy and nostalgia! What a moment! It comes from the 1962 film El extra and you can watch the scene here.
He was a union leader for actors and was therefore spied on by the Mexican government!
Chabelo has always looked after his peers and was a union leader for years until he became disenchanted with the political side of showbiz. However, as recently opened files reveal, he was a person of interest for intelligence agencies in Mexico. As NF News Center reports: “Several reports contained in the file of Xavier López Rodríguez, Chabelo, then press secretary and dissemination of the acting union, account for the meetings of unionized at the headquarters of the ANDA, such as the dissidence, led by Enrique Lizalde, in theaters Fru-Frú, Jorge Negrete and Café Colón.”
The great Vero Castro was an aide in Chabelo’s show!
As CE Noticias Financieras reports: “The image shows a very young Verónica Castro with the friend of all the children, who has long hair and holds a microphone. In 1969, Cristian Castro’s mother became the first aide for the program En familia con Chabelo, which had its first broadcast in 1967, and came to an end in December 2015”. True Mexican pop culture royalty here, folks!
Everything you read from here on is actually NOT FACTUAL, well, it is just true in the wonderful world of Internet memes.
OMG, we would love to have this Loteria-themed T-shirt showcasing Chabelo as The Immortal. Just look at that godlike, dignified look in his eyes!
Two Mexi-Greek gods.
Chabelo is friends with generations of celebrities and politicians. Here, he is enjoying a drink at the beach with Luis Miguel. Is Chabelo the Father of Time? Is Luismi the Lord of The Sun? (his nickname is El Sol, remember?).
Is Chabelo the true hero of the 1910 Mexican Revolution?
He could have shared the battlefield with Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, according to Internet conspiracy theories!
Chabelo is epic, magical, biblical!
Was he one of the first followers of Jesus back, back, back, back in the day?
When we make any political choice, we gotta think of Chabelo’s future.
This is a good one: “Before voting, think about the type of country we will leave behind for Chabelo”. Ha!
Does Chabelo predate the mass dinosaur extinction?
He could actually have been the inventor of selfies, when dinos were still roaming the Earth.
Or perhaps he was born in the height of the Aztec Empire, before the Spanish made their fateful appearance on the coast of Veracruz?
We gotta admire the Photoshop skills on this one!
Nothing can stop the pop culture superteam of Chabelo and Luismi!
Chabelo is also a constant feature in Mexican street art. Just look at this amazing obra de arte in the streets of Oaxaca.
When Stan Lee was a kid, Chabelo was already a TV celebrity.
Rest in Peace, Stan Lee!
He will outlive anyone, according to the Internet.
Translation: “I never had any pets, they once tried to gift me a turtle. But they only live for 300 years, you grow fond of them but then they died”.
Sorry, we just had to! This image was just too bizarre for us to let it pass!
In fact, Chabelo is just 11 years older than Donald J. Trump and looks better! We are sure that Chabelo wouldn’t laugh if he saw this, though!
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