What is Carlos Villagrán Doing Today? His Age, Childs, Net Worth

Who is Carlos Villagrán?

Carlos is a Mexican actor, probably best known for his portrayal of “Quico” in the popular television show “El Chavo del Ocho”, in addition to several other notable portrayals he’s had in his career.

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What is Carlos Villagrán Doing Today?

In 2017, Carlos Villagrán took on the role of Ademar, the school director and antagonist, in the Brazilian movie “Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola” (“How to Become the Worst Student in the School”). The film, based on the book by comedian and Brazilian TV presenter Danilo Gentili, explores the challenges faced by students trying to navigate school rules under the increasingly elaborate directives of Director Ademar. Directed by Fabrício Bittar, the movie starred Joana Fomm, Moacyr Franco, Raul Gazolla and Danilo Gentili.

In 2021, Carlos ran for governor and mayor of the city of Queretaro in Mexico. During his campaign, he emphasized fighting poverty and improving the economy, however, he also stirred some controversy after calling Covid-19 a hoax.

In a recent announcement, Carlos revealed that he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 79-year-old actor had undergone prostate surgery and shared a successful outcome. While not providing details about potential follow-up treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, Villagrán admitted to hesitations about creating a will, citing concerns about the unpredictable nature of life. Amidst these tough times, his youngest daughter, Vanesa, recently overcame breast cancer.

Carlos Villagrán Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Carlos Villagrán Eslava was born on 12 January 1944, in Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico, the son of Carlos Villagrán and Eva Eslava, and grew up in a family with four brothers. The family faced limited resources during his upbringing, and he dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player to earn enough money to help his family. He didn’t have a proper education since there was no money to put him through school. Instead, he was helping his photo-journalist father from an early age. Nevertheless, this led to his first job as a photo-journalist at El Heraldo de México, applying skills inherited from his father. His big break came during the 1968 Olympic Games coverage in Mexico City, which led him to the world of television and acting, beginning with roles as an extra in programs such as “Capulina” and “Los Polivoces”.

Career Beginnings and Immediate Stardom

In 1970, Roberto Gomez Bolaños threw a party, and among the guests was Rubén Aguirre, who brought Carlos Villagrán along. During a casual conversation, the trio, fueled by Rubén and Carlos’s creativity and humor, decided to create a sketch for the party. Impressed, Roberto invited them to join the cast of “Sábados de la Fortuna”, the birthplace of El Chavo del 8. Carlos was perfectly suited for the role of Quico (later changed to Kiko for legal reasons), and soon enough became an integral part of the iconic show.

From 1972 to ‘78, Carlos Villagrán brought Kiko to life, and played various other roles in the legendary comedy series. Sharing the stage with notable stars such as Ramón Valdés (Don Ramón), Roberto Gómez Bolaños (El Chavo Del Ocho), María Antonieta de las Nieves (La Chilindrina), and Florinda Meza (Doña Florinda), the ensemble created a timeless and beloved show.

In addition to his role in “El Chavo Del Ocho”, Carlos featured prominently in “El Chapulín Colorado” from 1973 to ‘78. In this accident-prone superhero series created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Carlos portrayed characters such as Le Bret, Quico and Comandante across 144 episodes. Alongside stars such as Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Ramón Valdés, and Florinda Meza, Carlos contributed to the success of the iconic show.

Additionally, in 1979 Carlos Villagrán played the role of Valentino in the film “El Chanfle”. Directed by Enrique Segoviano and written by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the movie revolves around the life of an untalented yet exceedingly kind waterboy working for a Mexican soccer team. The unexpected turns in his life unfold when his wife becomes pregnant. Alongside a stellar cast including Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Florinda Meza, and Ramón Valdés, Carlos contributed to the comedic escapades.

In 1978, Villagrán left the shows, mainly because of a legal dispute with Chespirito over the rights to the Quico character. Around the same time, Ramón Valdés also departed, marking the beginning of the end for both productions. Despite this, the shows continue through reruns in many countries worldwide.

Years in Venezuela

Villagrán then headed to Venezuela, where he took part in various Radio Caracas Televisión shows, including “Kiko Botones” in 1981 which had a short run, failing to gain popularity, leading to its swift end the same year. Then Villagrán starred in another short-lived and unsuccessful series, “Niño de Papel”. Continuing his streak of short-lived endeavors, Carlos Villagrán appeared in the series “Federrrico” (1982), which unfortunately achieved limited success and concluded the same year. The sequel, “Las nuevas aventuras de Fredericco”, was released the following year, but despite the effort, the series failed to gain traction, maintaining the trend of short-lived ventures for Carlos.

Career Resurgence

After a series of unsuccessful ventures, Carlos experienced a brief resurgence in popularity when he reunited with Ramón Valdés in Mexico for the short-lived television show “¡Ah qué Kiko!” in 1987. Telerey brought them together, and since Chespirito was unable to prevent the use of the name “Kiko” with a different spelling, the show gained success. Unfortunately, the collaboration was cut short when Valdés succumbed to stomach cancer in 1988. Attempts to continue the show with local comic Sergio Ramos as Don Cejudo fell short due to a lack of chemistry, leading to its eventual cancellation.

Following the downturn, similarly to many of his Chespirito co-stars, Villagrán ventured into a circus career, touring with his show “El circo de Kiko”. Later, he followed the footsteps of his friend Aguirre, relocating to Argentina, where Chespirito had no rights over the Quico character, and where he reprised his beloved character, finding a new audience for his iconic role.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Carlos Villagrán’s net worth is estimated at $10 million, as of late 2023.

Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children

Carlos has six children with two women – Vanesa, Edson, Gustavo, Samantha, Sylvia and Paulo. He currently lives with a woman named María Rebeca Palacios.

Appearance and Body Measurements

Carlos Villagrán has gray hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m), while his weight and other body measurements are currently unknown.

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