Humor is a deeply ingrained attribute in Latinos and Eugenio Derbez has managed to make it shine in Hollywood. Learn how this Mexican actor crossed borders to amuse and entertain all of Latin America and the United States.
Theater, film and television actor, producer, screenwriter, director, commentator, presenter and writer, among other facets, Eugenio Derbez is undoubtedly one of the most influential Latinos in the world.
From Mexico, he has left his mark in many corners with his talent and particular charisma. Today he lives in Los Angeles and continues to give a buzz to the Hispanic community and far beyond.
Who is Eugenio Derbez?
He is the son of Silvia Derbez, a renowned actress from the days of the Mexican Golden Cinema, and the publicist Eugenio González Salas. He was born in Mexico City in 1961 and knew from an early age that he wanted to be on television.
His mother supported him to take music, singing and dancing classes since his teens. His comical side was taken from his dad, who was a likeable character with a serious humor, usually making jokes with an angry face.
In the early 1980s, Eugenio began his training as an acting professional at the Televisa Art Education Center. Then he studied Film Directing at the Mexican Institute of Cinematography.
Before becoming one of the greatest exponents of comedy in his country, Eugenio had various trades. One of them was a windshield wiper, however he did much better as a waiter. Something that is striking is that he was part of the Indy Lights racing series, although he was not a professional driver because he did not have the level, he had the opportunity to belong to a team and race cars for 5 years.
The first years of his professional career
From the age of 12 he began to appear as an extra in soap operas. In 1984 he got his first official role on the Cachún Cachún ra ra television series, but it was on the Anabel program that he discovered his talents as a comedian. Later in 1993 he wrote and starred in his first television show Al Derecho y al Derbez, to give way 5 years later to Derbez en cuando and La Familia P. Luche, giving life to several characters who would remain in the hearts of Mexicans to forever.
His comedy series gave him international visibility to the point of being invited to participate in plays and movies in the United States. Among them: Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Jack & Jill with Adam Sandler. Eugenio also stands out in the world of dubbing, especially for the unique voice he did for the character of Donkey in Shrek.
The greatest achievement of his career
In 2013 he made his debut as a director with the film Instructions not included (No se aceptan devoluciones), which he starred in with Loreto Peralta. It has been the most watched movie in Mexico’s history. In the United States, it raised $8 million during the first weekend, something really surprising.
This low-budget film was a hit in Hollywood, becoming the highest grossing Spanish-language film in US history. Eugenio made such a splash with this film internationally that adaptations were made in countries such as Turkey, France and Brazil.
The altruistic side of Eugenio Derbez
Eugenio Derbez, in addition to his overwhelming talent, has a great human quality and a good heart. Throughout his career, he has supported numerous and varied initiatives to help people and animals.
He has been a part of pet adoption drives. In 2015, he donated 10 million Mexican pesos for the government of the State of Mexico and the El Muro Organization to build a shelter in the La Marquesa sector, near Toluca.
In 2017, he was chosen by the Hispanic Network to be the face of an important campaign called “Join the Solution”. This is how he joined the fight against human trafficking in Mexico and Central America.
A funny and moving moment happened at the 2019 Mexico Telethon, in which Eugenio, arguing that he was in favor of organ donation, promised to donate one while alive. Indeed, he fulfilled his promise, but it was the musical organ that his mother had given him when he was very young, with which he had learned to play and had jealously preserved. This gesture drew smiles at the event and brought joy to children recovering from cancer.
Keeping up with Eugenio Derbez
This great Latino never stands still, and the good news is that he shows it all on his social media. If you want to enjoy his anecdotes, behind the scenes and anything else, take a look at his YouTube channel. Likewise, he remains active on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.
Here we also leave you the link to his series on Amazon Prime, De viaje con los Derbez 2, where you can see him in all his natural splendor in different episodes that show his family road trip through the north of the United States in a RV.
Without a doubt, Eugenio Derbez has made his mark in Hollywood. If you know any other curiosity about his life, share it with us and our followers on our social networks!