Timeline Description: Roberto is a world-famous children's actor who helped shape the face of television and film. He is most famous for his nickname, Chespirito, which means Little Shakespeare.
|February 21, 1929||Roberto is born
Roberto was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to a middle-class family. He studied engineering when he grew older.
Roberto's first job in the arts was as a musical composer and writer. He began writing music in 1958 and continued through 1984.
|1960||Roberto the writer
In spite of studying engineering, Roberto began writing screenplays and scripts for TV. Two of the top shows in Mexico during that time were written by him.
|1968||A new career
While waiting in line to apply for a writing job, Roberto was approached about acting. He quickly accepted the job.
|1968||Roberto's first show
Los Supergenios de la Mesa Cuadrada was Roberto's first comedy show on the air. He was given a 30 minute time slot to fill however he wanted.
|1972||New characters and shows
His children's shows were a hit, and over the next few years Roberto was given more time for his lovable characters. During this time he introduced El Chavo and El Chapulin, two of his most famous characters.
Roberto was given another show featuring La Chicharra. However, it never caught on and was short lived.
Taking advantage of another shot, Roberto created a second version of himself, Chespirito. It ran on air for several years.
|1988||Movies on the big screen
Besides his famous children's shows, Roberto also wrote, produced, or acted in multiple movies. He began in 1960, and his final movie was released in 1988.
|1995||End of a dynasty
Roberto's famous children's shows continued filming in Mexico for almost 30 years. His final show filmed in 1995, though reruns are still watched today.
|2003||Awards and recognitions
Love for Roberto's work did not die out with the end of his shows. He was awarded the keys to the city of Cicero, Illinois; and Mexico released a series of stamps in his honor.
|2004||Marriage at last
Roberto had remained unmarried for all of his life. In 2004 he married his sweetheart, Florinda Meza, after 27 years together.
|2006||An animated series
El Chavo del 8, an animated cartoon version of Roberto's famous show, was released in 2006. It continues airing in Latin America today.
|2009||Honors and health scares
Roberto was honored on air by Columbian TV, and he received keys to the city of Soacha. Later that year he was admitted to the hospital.
|2012||Putting an end to the rumors
While his fans believed he was deathly ill, Roberto was doing quite well. His friends and family threw a party in his honor to ease the fans' worries; he continues doing well today at the age of 85.