Happy 100th Birthday Cantinflas!
Mario  Alfonso Moreno Reyes (August 12, 1911 – April 20, 1993) was a Mexican  comedian and stage and film actor, known professionally as Cantinflas.  He often portrayed impoverished campesinos or a peasant of pelado  origin. The character came to be associated with the national identity  of Mexico, and allowed Cantinflas to establish a long, successful film  career that included a foray into Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin once  commented that he was the best comedian alive and Moreno has been  referred to as the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico”. To audiences in the  United States, he is best remembered as costarring with David Niven in  Around the World in 80 Days (1956).
In 1956, Around the World in 80 Days, his American debut earned Cantinflas a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a musical or comedy. Variety magazine said that his Chaplinesque quality made a big contribution to the success of the film. The film ultimately made an unadjusted $42 million at the box office. While David Niven was billed as the lead in English-speaking nations, Cantinflas was billed as the lead elsewhere. As a result of the film, Cantinflas became the world’s best paid actor.
Although Cantinflas never achieved the same success in the United States as in Mexico, he was honored with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He earned two Golden Globe nominations (winning one) for best actor and was honored with the Mexican Academy of Film Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in motion pictures.

Happy 100th Birthday Cantinflas!

Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes (August 12, 1911 – April 20, 1993) was a Mexican comedian and stage and film actor, known professionally as Cantinflas. He often portrayed impoverished campesinos or a peasant of pelado origin. The character came to be associated with the national identity of Mexico, and allowed Cantinflas to establish a long, successful film career that included a foray into Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin once commented that he was the best comedian alive and Moreno has been referred to as the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico”. To audiences in the United States, he is best remembered as costarring with David Niven in Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

In 1956, Around the World in 80 Days, his American debut earned Cantinflas a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a musical or comedy. Variety magazine said that his Chaplinesque quality made a big contribution to the success of the film. The film ultimately made an unadjusted $42 million at the box office. While David Niven was billed as the lead in English-speaking nations, Cantinflas was billed as the lead elsewhere. As a result of the film, Cantinflas became the world’s best paid actor.

Although Cantinflas never achieved the same success in the United States as in Mexico, he was honored with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He earned two Golden Globe nominations (winning one) for best actor and was honored with the Mexican Academy of Film Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in motion pictures.

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