Gerardo Sofovich

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Gerardo Sofovich
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Brothers and filmmakers Hugo and Gerardo Sofovich in 1970
Born (1937-03-18) March 18, 1937 (age 77)[1]
Buenos Aires, Argentina[1]

Gerardo Sofovich (born March 18, 1937) is an Argentine businessman, dramaturge, TV host, actor, comedian, scriptwriter, and film director.

He was the producer Polémica en el bar and La noche del Domingo, two of the most popular Argentine television programs of the 1970s and '80s. Sofovich also hosted A la manera de Sofovich and Sin Límite SMS, broadcast on Canal 9.

During the 1970s and 1980s he directed several picaresque films starring comedians Alberto Olmedo and Jorge Porcel. Though critically panned, these movies were quite successful in reaching a large audience.

As a businessman, he has backed major shows on Buenos Aires' Corrientes Avenue theaters.

He has a right-wing political orientation and is closely related to former Argentine President Carlos Menem. He is an avid fan of Boca Juniors.

His late brother Hugo Sofovich had a similar career as a film director and theater impresario.

Nowadays, he is a host in a TV Programme called "8 escalones" (8 steps).

Health problems[edit]

Sofovich suffered a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 55. He has had 15 stents put on and been through 12 angioplasty. On October 8, 2014, it was revealed that Sofovich had been connected to an artificial respirator and was sedated at Clinica Suizo-Argentina hospital after suffering a pulmonary infection, which complicated his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease condition.[2]