Ramón Valdés as Don Ramón on the show El Chavo del Ocho
Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo|
2 September 1923
Mexico City, Mexico
9 August 1988 (aged 64)|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Cause of death||Stomach cancer|
Mausoleos del Ángel|
Mexico City, Mexico
Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo (2 September 1923 – 9 August 1988), often credited as Ramón Valdés, was a Mexican actor of film and television, he is best remembered for his multiple comedic roles in different programs but specially remembered for his most iconic character Don Ramón. He is also recognized as one of Mexico's best comedians.
Born in Mexico City, he was raised in a humble and numerous family that would later moved to Ciudad Juárez when he was aged two. Valdés made his acting debut at cinema on the movie Tender Pumpkins (1949) appearing along with his brother already an actor Germán Valdés better known as "Tin-Tan", who was the one that introduced him into the acting world. Under extra or supporting roles, he continued making appearances on films during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Ramón and Germán had two other brothers also actors, Manuel Valdés better known as "Manuel "El Loco" Valdés" and Antonio Valdés better known as "El Ratón Valdés".
In 1968, he met Roberto Gómez Bolaños better known as "Chespirito" with whom he began working on multiple programs such as Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada, Chespirito and El Chapulín Colorado but it was on Bolaños’s popular sitcom El Chavo del Ocho that he gained international fame for his portrayal of Don Ramón in the series. He left El Chavo del Ocho show in 1979, but returned to it in 1981, with this being his final year on the project.
On 9 August 1988, Valdés died of stomach cancer at the age of 64.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Other media
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Death
- 5 Legacy
- 6 Filmography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Life and career
1923–1968: Childhood, early career and multiple films
Váldes was born on 2 September 1923 at Mexico City, his parents were Rafael Gómez-Valdés Angellini and Guadalupe Castillo, with whom he lived a quiet childhood, without being surrounded by many luxuries because they were a humble and numerous family. He had several brothers, Germán Valdés "Tin Tan", Manuel "El Loco" Valdés, Antonio Valdés "El Ratón Valdés", Guadalupe, Angela, Cristóbal, Antonio and Armando. He was nicknamed "El moncho". At the age of two, his family moved to Ciudad Juárez.
In his youth, Valdés earned his living in multiple activities and trades that appeared to him at the time, so that due to his instability he sometimes faced economic problems. At the same time he began his artistic career thanks to the support of his brother Germán, "Tin Tan", who took him to act with him in different projects, so he participated in more than 50 films of the golden age of Mexican cinema, where he did not become well known, nor was he very successful. His film debut took place on Tender Pumpkins (1949). He continued appearing on multiple movies as an extra or with supporting roles till he met Roberto Gomez Bolaños (Chespirito) in 1968.
1968–1980: Meeting with Chespirito and career success
In 1968, he met Roberto Gomez Bolaños (Chespirito) on the program Sábados de la fortuna, Bolaños saw the talent of Váldes and he made him part of the cast of comedians for his new television project called Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada, where he performed along with María Antonieta de las Nieves and Rubén Aguirre. Then the program changed its name to Chespirito, it was so successful that it was many years on television. Then came the television bomb El Chavo del Ocho in 1971, where he would play Don Ramón, achieving with this series the success and recognition he had never experienced. It is said that his character didn't had too many differences as how Váldes was in real life, with fellow co-worker Rubén Aguirre making a comparison between the character and Valdés stating:
|“||Ramón Valdés was hard to work, there were always delays in the recordings as Don Ramón did not arrive at the time they had set him.||”|
According to rumors, the personal differences between the members of the cast and the disagreements in the salaries made Ramon Valdés, quit "El Chavo del Ocho" in 1979.
1980–1988: Return with Chespirito and final projects
Despite quitting the part of Don Ramon, Valdés continued making films until 1986.
Not knowing what he did in 1980, he returned to television in 1981, performing in "Chespirito" as his former characters. He also returned to "El Chavo del Ocho", this being kept as a secret until the moment of recording. According to the history behind his return on one of the episodes in the series, Váldes entered the set to surprise La Chilindrina (María Antonieta de las Nieves) and such was the surprise of the actress, that the tears shed during that scene were real. Valdés only stayed one more year in the production as at the end of that year he left the program forever.
In 1982, Valdés tried his luck again on television with Carlos Villagrán on the Venezuelan program Federrico and on Ah que Kiko in 1987, programs that did not have the expected success. These were his final projects before passing away in 1988.
Valdés kept a strong friendship with fellow actress on El Chavo del Ocho, Angelines Fernández better known on the show as Doña Clotilde "La Bruja del 71". At Valdés's funeral, Fernández stayed standing in front of his coffin and crying inconsolably for his departure. He was also good friends with María Antonieta de las Nieves.
On 9 August 1988, Valdés died at age 64 after a battle with stomach cancer which ended his life after the cancer turned into metastasis on his spinal cord. Valdés was entombed at Mausoleos del Ángel in Mexico City, the same cemetery where his longtime friend, Angelines Fernández, also rests.
|1949||Soy charro de levita||Don Primitivo|
|1949||Novia a la medida|
|1950||The King of the Neighborhood||El Norteño|
|1950||The Mark of the Fox||Guardia|
|1950||Simbad el mareado|
|1951||Oh Darling! Look What You've Done!||Panadero|
|1951||Kill Me Because I'm Dying!|
|1952||Las locuras de Tin Tán||Detective|
|1952||The Beautiful Dreamer||Cavernario|
|1953||You've Got Me by the Wing||González|
|1953||God Created Them||Ramón; Otto|
|1953||The Unknown Mariachi||Detective|
|1955||Escuela de vagabundos||Taxista|
|1955||La vida no vale nada||Uncredited|
|1956||Una movida chueca|
|1956||El sultán descalzo|
|1956||Botas de oro|
|1957||Las aventuras de Pito Pérez||Trailer|
|1957||Los tres mosqueteros y medio|
|1958||A Thousand and One Nights|
|1958||Escuela para suegras|
|1958||Refifi entre las mujeres|
|1958||La odalisca nº 13'|
|1959||Tres lecciones de amor|
|1959||El cofre del pirata|
|1959||Vivir del cuento|
|1960||Variedades de medianoche|
|1960||Tin Tan y las modelos|
|1960||The Phantom of the Operetta||Policía||Uncredited|
|1961||El duende y yo|
|1961||Escuela de valientes|
|1962||El malvado Carabel|
|1962||Ruletero a toda marcha|
|1962||El centauro del Norte|
|1962||Cazadores de asesinos|
|1962||Los valientes no mueren|
|1962||¡En peligro de muerte!|
|1963||Los Amigos Maravilla en el mundo de la aventura|
|1963||El tesoro del rey Salomón||Alí Ben|
|1963||Vuelven los Argumedo|
|1963||Fuerte, audaz y valiente|
|1964||Buenos días, Acapulco|
|1964||Vivir de sueños|
|1964||Mi alma por un amor|
|1964||Héroe a la fuerza|
|1964||Campeón del barrio|
|1965||El padre Diablo|
|1965||Diablos en el cielo|
|1965||El pecador||Mesero Juan|
|1965||El rifle implacable|
|1965||Los fantasmas burlones|
|1965||El señor doctor||Paciente Vendado|
|1966||El falso heredero||Joselito el vagabundo|
|1966||Cada quién su lucha||Badín's Henchman|
|1968||Corona de lágrimas||Conductor del camión de gas|
|1969||Duelo en El Dorado|
|1969||Duelo en El Dorado|
|1969||El aviso inoportuno|
|1970||Gregorio y su ángel|
|1970||El cuerpazo del delito||El gordo|
|1970||La hermanita Dinamita||Conductor de ambulancia|
|1970||Chanoc en las garras de las fieras|
|1970||El profe||Papá de Martín|
|1971||Los Beverly del Peralvillo|
|1972||Chanoc contra el tigre y el vampiro|
|1972||Hijazo de mi vidaza|
|1973||Entre pobretones y ricachones|
|1973||Chanoc y las tarántulas|
|1973||El capitán Mantarraya|
|1975||Chanoc en el foso de las serpientes|
|1977||Chanoc en la isla de los muertos||Tsekub Baloyán|
|1979||El Chanfle||Mr. Moncho Reyes|
|1979||El secuestro de los cien millones|
|1979||En esta primavera|
|1979||Chanoc en el circo Unión|
|1981||OK Mister Pancho|
|1983||El más valiente del mundo|
|1983||Los gatilleros del diablo|
|1984||Luis Miguel, aprendiz de pirata|
|1986||El mas valiente del mundo|
|1968||Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada|
|1970 – 1973, 1981||Chespirito||Various characters|
|1972 – 1979, 1981||El Chavo del Ocho||Don Ramón|
|1973 – 1978||El Chapulín Colorado||Various characters|
|1987||¡Ah, qué Kiko!||Don Ramón|
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- "Montaje de Don Ramón en La Voz arrasa en redes sociales". Teleamazonas (in Spanish). 8 November 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
- "Ramón Valdés biografía" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 15 May 2018.
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- "Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada (1968)". IMDb. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- "Chespirito (1980–1995)". IMDb. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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- "El Chapulín Colorado (1973)". IMDb. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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- Ana Lucía Valladares (16 May 2017). "Revelan la verdad detrás de la emotiva escena donde Don Ramón regresa a la vecindad de "El Chavo del 8"". Publinews (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- "Don Ramón: 27 años de la partida del ícono latino - FOTOS". La República (in Spanish). 9 August 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
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- Hatdadiel, Aragon (7 September 2015). "Don Ramón y 10 datos que te dejarán totalmente sorprendido". debate (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "Cristian Castro conoció a su padre, Manuel 'El Loco' Valdés, a los 31 años: "Me daba mucho miedo"". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 2 November 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- "Cómo murió Ramón Valdés "Don Ramón"". Como Murio (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "Cómo murió Doña Clotilde". Como Murio (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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