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December 27, 1964 |
Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Merengue Musician, Singer|
Melwin Cedeño (born December 27, 1964 in Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actor, comedian, merengue musician, and singer. Cedeño is better known for his comedic character role as Chevy, el Ponzonu, a Nuyorican teenager.
Cedeño began to pursue his pre-med studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. However, he dropped out, and moved to study Drama at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.
While studying, Cedeño joined a merengue orchestra called Los Nenes de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Kids). His partners in the orchestra later became the members of the popular merengue and reggaeton group, Límite 21 (Limit Twenty One). He also joined the university theatre group working in several plays during his incumbency with Los Nenes.
He also debuted in television shows in dramatic roles in soap operas such as, Alejandra (Alexandra), and Apartamento de Solteras (Single's Apartment). He achieved recognition for his dramatic role as a young drug addict in the telenovela Andrea.
At the end of the 1980s, Cedeño started working as a comedian at popular shows like Show del Mediodía (The Midday Show) and Kiosko Budweiser ( The Budweiser Small Market). It was during this time that his character of Chevy, el Ponzonu was born. His popularity spawned a daily show titled Con Lo Que Cuenta Este País (With What This Country Counts On), broadcast by Telemundo Puerto Rico, and produced by Hector Marcano, which remained among the top shows in audience ratings for several years.
In the early 1990s, Cedeño hosted the comedy game show Alto Voltaje (High Voltage), also produced by Marcano in Telemundo. After the end of the series, Cedeño decided to retire briefly from public life. He moved to the United States exploring offers from Telemundo and Univision.
In the late 1990s, Cedeño returned to Puerto Rico and took up again, working in theatre productions and television comedies. He produced a film titled Chevy... Episodio I (Chevy...Episode One), which marked the come-back of his popular character. In 1999, he started hosting a new show for kids titled Pégate con Chevy (Stick with Chevy) which received the acknowledgment of Puerto Rican children's audiences. However, in 2001, the show was cancelled, for unknown reasons, despite its favorable reviews.
Cedeño still works regularly in television and theatre, and his character of Chevy remains popular among children.
- "Sorprendido Nelson Bermejo con su llegada a ¡Qué noche!". Primera Hora (in Spanish). November 1, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2010.