Roberto Vigoreaux

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Roberto Vigoreaux Lorenzana
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the At-large district
In office
January 2, 2001 – January 1, 2005
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 1997 - January 1, 2001
Personal details
Born (1956-01-12) January 12, 1956 (age 61)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Marianne Cortés
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
Loyola University New Orleans
Profession Politician, Producer, Actor, Singer
Religion Roman Catholic

Roberto Vigoreaux Lorenzana (born January 12, 1956 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican producer, TV show host, actor, singer, and former Senator. He is the son of TV producer Luis Vigoreaux, and the younger brother of Luisito Vigoreaux.

Early years and studies[edit]

Roberto Vigoreaux was born on January 12, 1956 to producer Luis Vigoreaux and Rosaura Lorenzana. He is the youngest of two sons, the other being Luisito Vigoreaux.

Vigoreaux studied at the University of Puerto Rico, and then at Loyola University New Orleans.

Career in the media[edit]

In 1970, Vigoreaux starred as Chago in the Walt Disney Production Cristobalito, the Calypso Colt, when he was still a young teenager.[1] After growing up, he worked as a radio broadcaster in several stations, as well as acting in plays. Throughout his career, he has worked for stations like Radio Rock, WAPA Radio, Radio Aeropuerto and Radio Luz.

In 1984, Vigoreaux hosted the show Son del Caribe. Some time later, he moved to WAPA-TV where he starred hosting a game show called Parejo, doble, y triple with his brother, Luisito. He also hosted the show Sábado en Grande. After performing a duet on his show Sábado en Grande, with singer Lourdes Robles, Vigoreaux decided to start a musical career. In 1988, he released his first and only album titled Amores de mi vida. The album received a lukewarm response.

Vigoreaux has also worked as a host of several beauty pageants. He also had roles in comedies and shows like Generaciones, and musicals like Clemente, where he played the role of his father, Luis Vigoreaux. In the late 1980s he played the role of Joe Hardy in a revival of the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, with Marian Pabón.

Career as entrepreneur[edit]

Vigoreaux opened a series of ice cream franchises called Scoops, with stores in San Juan, Cayey, and Bayamón.

Career in politics: 1996-2004[edit]

Representative: 1996-2000[edit]

In 1993, Vigoreaux retired from show business and began to pursue a career as a politician. In 1996, he was elected as a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD).[2]

Senator: 2000-2004[edit]

Vigoreaux was elected in 2000 as a senator.[3]

Candidate for Mayor of San Juan: 2003[edit]

Vigoreaux announced his interest in running for mayor of the city of San Juan during the elections of 2004. However, he lost in the 2003 primaries against Eduardo Bhatia.[4] After that, he has continued to work as an adviser to the Senate of Puerto Rico.[5]

Return to politics: 2011-present[edit]

In September 2011, Vigoreaux announced his candidacy to the House of Representatives for the 2012 general elections.[6] However, he lost at the PPD primaries held on March 18.

Personal life[edit]

Vigoreaux has been married to Marianne Cortés since 1987. They have three children.

In 1983, when Roberto was in his 20s, his father Luis Vigoreaux, was brutally murdered. The investigation revealed that Vigoreaux second wife, Lydia Echevarria, was complicit in his murder, after allegedly she paid two men to beat Vigoreaux.[7]

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