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Guizar in 1935.
Federico Arturo Guízar Tolentino
April 8, 1908
|Died||24 December 1999 (aged 91)|
|Spouse(s)||Carmen Noriega (1932-1990) (her death)|
Federico Arturo Guízar Tolentino (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtito ˈɣisaɾ]; April 8, 1908 – December 24, 1999) was a Mexican born American singer and actor. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, he performed under the name of Tito Guízar. Together with Dolores del Río, José Mojica, Ramón Novarro and Lupe Vélez, Guízar was among the few Mexican people who made history in the early years of Hollywood.
In addition, Guízar performed both operatic and Mexican popular songs at Carnegie Hall, but he succeeded with his arrangements of popular Mexican and Spanish melodies such as Cielito Lindo, La Cucaracha (The Cockroach), Granada, and You Belong to My Heart (English version of Solamente una Vez). In 1936, his song "Allá en el Rancho Grande" ("There on the Big Ranch") launched the singing charro in Mexico after appearing in the film of the same name, succeeding as well in the United States.
Guízar made numerous television appearances, toured in most of Latin American countries, recorded a significant number of songs, and had his own radio show in Los Angeles, Tito Guízar y su Guitarra (Tito Guízar and his Guitar).
He also appeared in dozens of films, including The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938), Tropic Holiday (1938), St. Louis Blues (1939), The Llano Kid (1939), Brazil (1944), and The Gay Ranchero (1948), playing with such stars as Evelyn Keyes, Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Ann Miller, Martha Raye, Roy Rogers, Mae West and Keenan Wynn. In the 1990s, he continued playing series parts in Mexican television.
Guízar died from natural causes in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 91.
- Under the Pampas Moon (1935)
- Allá en el Rancho Grande (There on the Big Ranch) (1936)
- Mis Dos Amores (My Two Loves) (1938)
- Tropic Holiday (1938)
- The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
- St. Louis Blues (1939)
- The Llano Kid (1939)
- Allá en el Trópico (Back in the Tropics) (1940)
- Blondie Goes Latin (1941)
- Beautiful Michoacán (1943)
- Brazil (1944)
- Marina (1945)
- Mexicana (1945)
- The Thrill of Brazil (1947)
- On the Old Spanish Trail (1947)
- The Gay Ranchero (1948)
- El Gallero (1948)
- En los Altos de Jalisco (In the Highlands of Jalisco) (1948)
- El Pecado de Ser Mujer (The Sin of Being a Woman) (1955)
- Music and Money (1958)