Eugenio Derbez

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Eugenio Derbez
Derbez in 2019
Eugenio González Derbez

(1961-09-02) September 2, 1961 (age 62)
Mexico City, Mexico
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1974–present
Gabriela Michel
(m. 1986; div. 1987)
(m. 1992; div. 1997)
(m. 2012)
Children4, including Aislinn, Vadhir, and José Eduardo Derbez

Eugenio González Derbez[1] (Spanish: [ewˈxenjo ðeɾˈβes]; born September 2, 1961[2]) is a Mexican actor and comedian. He has appeared in many films and television series, including The Book of Life, The Angry Birds Movie 2, and CODA.

In the 2010s, he appeared in many American films and television series, such as Jack and Jill, Girl in Progress, Rob!, and Miracles from Heaven. Derbez provided the Spanish dubs for many characters in the Spanish versions of American films, including Dr. Dolittle, Mulan, 102 Dalmatians, and the Shrek franchise.

Early life[edit]

Derbez was born and raised in Mexico City and expressed interest in acting at an early age, landing his first roles as extras in soap operas at age 12. He made his directing debut in 1997 with a Mexican soap opera named No Tengo Madre.



During the early 1980s, Derbez was a regular in Cachún cachún ra ra!, a Mexican television show. He also participated in En Familia con Chabelo, a children's television show.[citation needed]

In 1988, he got his first recurring television position when he played a number of roles in a comedy show called Anabel.


Derbez kept making movies during the 1990s. In 1992 he began hosting the variety show Al Derecho y al Derbez.[citation needed]

In 1997, Derbez made his directing debut in a soap opera named No Tengo Madre. In 1999 Derbez started a comedy show, Derbez en Cuando. Derbez appeared in Carita de ángel in 2000. He also starred that year in Cómplices al Rescate} ('Accomplices to the Rescue'). In 2003 he produced a television series named XHDRBZ. He later produced Hospital el Paisa ('Countrymen Hospital'), Vecinos ('Neighbors'), and in 2009 Ellas son... la alegría del hogar. He was the leading man in La familia P. Luche.[citation needed]

Derbez is one of the few Mexican actors to have achieved international acclaim, earning international award recognition as well as starring in commercial American films.[citation needed]

Derbez has appeared in a number of successful and critically acclaimed films including Sangre de mi Sangre, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2007 and his first non-comedy film, the indie smash hit La misma luna (released as Under the Same Moon in English) directed by Patricia Riggen, with Adrián Alonso and Kate del Castillo.[citation needed]


In 2002, Derbez and Florinda Meza co-created a sitcom named XHDRBZ, which marked his debut as a producer. Also in 2002, Derbez co-created, co-directed, and starred in the family sitcom La familia P. Luche, which gained Derbez further recognition amongst the Mexican and Latin community.


In 2011, Derbez starred in Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill as Felipe starring with Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino; he also starred in Girl In Progress, with Eva Mendes, also directed by Patricia Riggen. Eugenio also starred in the CBS sitcom Rob! and on Broadway in Latinologues at the Helen Hayes Theater.[citation needed]

Derbez starred in Sony's Miracles from Heaven, with Jennifer Garner (directed by Patricia Riggen), and he voiced the role of Rico in the animated feature Underdogs, directed by Juan J. Campanella.

In 2013, Derbez starred in and directed Instructions Not Included[3] the most successful Spanish-language film in the U.S. and worldwide, which broke numerous box office records, earning over $100 million. The Spanish-language comedy-drama became a surprise $44 million hit in the U.S., and the third highest-grossing film ($46 million) of the year in Mexico (only Despicable Me and Iron Man sequels did better).[4]

In 2016, Derbez wrapped production on the Lionsgate/Pantelion feature How to Be a Latin Lover in which he starred with Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle, Linda Lavin and Rob Huebel. It was written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack and directed by Ken Marino. The film, produced by Derbez and his producing partner Ben Odell, was released in the U.S. on April 28, 2017, and May 5, 2017, in Mexico.[citation needed]


Derbez is a partner of 3pas Studios with producer Ben Odell.[5][6]

In 2021, via 3Pas Studios, he inked a first look deal with Univision,[7] and he and Odell were executive producers on behalf of 3Pas Studios of the 2021 television series Acapulco, which stars Derbez.[6] He appeared in the Academy Award-winning Apple TV+ film CODA, which won him, along with the rest of the cast, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2022 he started as the main character in the movie The Valet as Antonio Flores and will be participating in the movie based in the International best selling book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe.

Public image[edit]

Eugenio Derbez is one of Mexico's more successful comedic actors and directors. He was recognized by Variety in 2014 as the #1 most influential Latin American male in the world. On March 10, 2016, Derbez unveiled his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The ceremony was attended by thousands of fans.[8]

In 2014, following the success of Instructions Not Included, Derbez partnered with former Pantelion President of Production Benjamin Odell to create 3Pas Studios, his film production company in Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Derbez was born in Mexico City, the son of actress Silvia Derbez and publicist Eugenio González Salas. Eugenio resides in Los Angeles with his family. Derbez is married to Alessandra Rosaldo, actress, model, and former Sentidos Opuestos singer.[9] He is father to Mexican comedic actress Aislinn Derbez (her mother is Gabriela Michel), Mexican actor and singer Vadhir Derbez (his mother is Silvana Prince), Mexican actor José Eduardo Derbez (his mother is actress Victoria Ruffo) and Aitana Derbez (her mother is Alessandra Rosaldo). He has a bulldog named Fiona.[10]


Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Por un vestido de novia Film debut
1990 Más vale amada que quemada
Transplante a la mexicana Eugenio
Fotógrafo de modelos
1991 Hembra o macho
1993 Soy hombre y que
1998 Dr. Dolittle Lucky Spanish Latin American version, voice
Mulan Mushu Spanish Latin American version, voice
2000 102 Dalmatians Waddlesworth Spanish Latin American version, voice
2001 Shrek Donkey Spanish Latin American version, voice
Dr. Dolittle 2 Lucky Spanish Latin American version, voice
2003 Zurdo Forastero
2004 Shrek 2 Donkey Spanish Latin American version, voice
Mulan II Mushu Spanish Latin American version, voice
2005 Imaginum Yxxxxx Voice only
2006 National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Derbez, Eugenio
National Lampoon's Pledge This! José
2007 Padre nuestro Anibal
Shrek the Third Donkey Spanish Latin American version, voice
La misma luna Enrique Marketed as Under the Same Moon in English
2008 Plaza Sésamo: Los monstruos feos más bellos Eugenio
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Johann Krauss Spanish Latin American version, voice
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Store Owner
2010 No eres tú, soy yo Javier
Shrek Forever After Donkey Spanish Latin American version, voice
Te presento a Laura Charlie
2011 Jack and Jill Felipe / Felipe's Grandma Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with the entire cast)
2012 Girl in Progress Mission Impossible
2013 Underdogs Rico U.S. version, voice
Instructions Not Included Valentín Bravo Also producer, writer, director and editor
2014 The Book of Life Chato Voice only
2015 El tamaño si importa El Greñas
A la mala Himself
Aztec Warrior Gallo
2016 Miracles from Heaven Dr. Nurko
The Secret Life of Pets Snowball Spanish Latin American version, voice
2017 Sandy Wexler Ramiro Alejandro
How to Be a Latin Lover Maximo
Geostorm Hernandez
2018 Overboard Leonardo Montenegro
The Grinch The Grinch Spanish Latin American version, voice
The Mongolian Conspiracy Rosendo del Valle
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Hawthorne
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Snowball Spanish Latin American version, voice
Dora and the Lost City of Gold Alejandro Gutierrez Also executive producer and Spanish Latin American version voice
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Glenn English and Spanish Latin American version, voice
Dedicada a mi Ex Seller Cameo
2021 CODA Bernardo Villalobos Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2022 The Valet Antonio Also producer
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe [11] Jaime Mendoza Also producer
2023 Radical Sergio Also producer


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cachún cachún ra ra! Eugenio Television debut
1987 Tal como somos Roberto
1988 Anabel Various roles
1987–92 Papá soltero F. Abasolo / Amigo de Pocholo
  • "El cumpleaños de Pocholo" (season 1, episode 10)
  • "Entre dos amores" (season 6, episode 37)
1993–95 Al derecho y al Derbez Various roles
1995 Lazos de Amor Himself
1997 Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real "¿Dónde está mi hija?" (season 13, episode 43)
No tengo madre Eligio Augusto Maldonado / Julio Remigio Vasconcelos
1999 Derbez en cuando Various roles
Serafín El Lonje Moco
Cuento de Navidad Nurse
2000 Carita de ángel Mil Caras
2002 Cómplices Al Rescate Dog Mantequilla Voice only
2002–2012 La familia P. Luche Ludovico P. Luche Lead role
2002–2004 XHDRbZ Various roles 40 episodes
2005–2006 Vecinos Himself / El Guía Melitón / Dr. Sierra
  • "Se acabó el agua" (season 1, episode 4)
  • "Viaje a Canadá: Parte 1" (season 1, episode 39)
  • "Viaje a Canadá: Parte 2" (season 1, episode 40)
  • "Los López en Canadá" (season 1, episode 42)
2006 La fea más bella Armando Hoyos
2009 Ellas son, la alegría del hogar Edmundo Martínez
Plaza Sésamo Mesero 1 episode
Hermanos y detectives Darío
  • "El profesional
" (season 1, episode 12)
  • "El final" (season 1, episode 13)
2010–12 La jugada Various characters
2011 El Gran Show de los Peques Various roles
2012 Rob Héctor 8 episodes
2014 Anger Management Eugene "Charlie and the Last Temptation of Eugenio" (Season 2, Episode 51)
2016 Nuestra Belleza Latina 2016 Himself Celebrity guest (4th gala)
2018-22 LOL: Last One Laughing Himself Main role, judge, streaming television
2019 The Loud House Dr. Arturo Santiago (voice) 2 episodes
Elena of Avalor Guillermo (voice) Episode: "Flower of Light"
2019-22 The Casagrandes Dr. Arturo Santiago (voice) Recurring role
2019-23 De viaje con los Derbez Himself Main role, documentary comedy, streaming television
2021-present Acapulco Maximo Gallardo Ramos Main cast


  1. ^ Gamero, Dulce (November 11, 2020). "¡Fuimos timados! Estos son los apellidos reales de los Derbez". Revista Fama (in Spanish). Mexico City. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  2. ^ González, Renata (September 3, 2020). "Los Derbez arrancan carcajadas con sus felicitaciones de cumpleaños para Eugenio". Quién (in Spanish). Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  3. ^ Instructions Not Included (2013) at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Blair, Iain (2016-03-10). "Eugenio Derbez Reflects on Career as He Prepares for Star on Walk of Fame". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  5. ^ Ben Odell at IMDb
  6. ^ a b "Apple TV+ expands international slate with bilingual comedy series "Acapulco"". Apple TV+ Press (Australia). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  7. ^ Cordero, Rosy (2021-10-07). "Eugenio Derbez & 3Pas Studios Ink First-Look Deal At Univision Ahead Of Its Streaming Launch". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  8. ^ "Variety Latino's 2014 Power List Rankings (PICS)". Variety Latino. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  9. ^ "Eugenio Derbez and Alessandra Rosaldo cover HOLA! USA's May edition". HOLA USA (in Spanish). 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  10. ^ "Aitana será la única hija de Eugenio Derbez y Alessandra". La Opinión (in Spanish). May 3, 2014. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (2021-10-11). "Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria to Star in YA Adaptation 'Aristotle and Dante'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-11-19.

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