|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1927|
Puerto Rico, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 2004|
Puerto Rico, USA
Comediante,Locutor, Actor. Nació el 21 de abril de 1927. Estudió un Bachillerato en Artes en la Universidad de Puerto Rico. A los 18 años se inició como actor en programas de radio, convirtiéndose en uno de los actores cómicos más destacados en ese medio. En el 2003, su programa matutino "Su Alegre Despertar" rompió el récord mundial y se convirtió en el programa radial de más larga duración en la historia de la radio, al cumplir 53 años al aire y convirtiendo a Agrelot en el segundo puertorriqueño, después de Wilfredo Benítez, en entrar al Libro de Récords de Guinness. SERAFIN SIN fin, Pancho Matanza, Cerebrito Ligón, Pasión, Speedy González, Mario Trauma, Juan Macana, Don Cholito y su querido Torito... todos eran uno en la figura de su creador. Tenía 76 años y dejó un legado incalculable de alegría.
Born Guisseppe Michel Agrelot in the area of Santurce in San Juan, Agrelot is one of the pioneers of "The Golden Age of Television" in Puerto Rico.
Agrelot started his career on WAPA Radio at the age of 14 under the wing of producer Tomás Muñiz SR. It was on radio that he took up on comedy and created the classic character of Torito. Agrelot worked on a show named El Colegio de la Alegria (The School of Happiness). Soon after, he moved with his Torito character to rival radio station WKAQ, where he starred alongside Luis Vigoreaux in a show named Torito & Company.
Although he took time to recieve a bachelor degree in Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, Agrelot continued his career while the radio program achieved a huge success. He became the first Puertorican actor to tour his radio show throughout Latin communities in the United States.
Agrelot and Torito made the transition to TV in 1954 when The School of Happiness first aired on WKAQ - TV Channel 2.
In 1964, WAPA-TV channel 4 aired the very first midday variety show called "El Show Del Mediodía" (The Midday Show). Amongst the sponsors for the show, the now defunct Corona beer created a segment with the premise to have a man from the country "jíbaro" to deliver the local and national news with a comedic twist. Here enters Agrelot and creates a character he never played before. The segment was "Encabulla y vuelve y tira" (Roll it and throw it again); the character was "Don Cholito". This marked a turning point in Agrelot's career, becoming the most popular comedian after Mario Moreno "Cantinflas". The segment ran for over 30 years and "Don Cholito" became his official nickname.
However, Agrelot created many characters like Speedy González the electrician, Pasión the maid, The Puertorican Godfather, Serafín Sin Fín the Designer, and Rodríguez and Rodríguez the Aristrocat. Because of his comedic versatility, Agrelot was named by his peers as "The Man of A Thousand Faces".
His fame took Agrelot to tour many countries including Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
Apart from interventions in a few commercials, Agrelot's credits in Puerto Rican TV include El Colegio de la Alegria (The School of Happiness), Professor Colgate, La Criada Malcriada (The Nasty Maid), El Especial de Corona (The Corona Special), Desafiando a los Genios (Challenging The Geniuses), Haciendo Historia (Making History), Parece Increible (Seems Incredible), Ja ja, Ji ji, Jo jo con Agrelot, and other programs.
The administration of Parque De Las Ciencias (The Science Theme Park) and the municipal office of Bayamón honored Agrelot in 1998 with an area known as "La Ciudad de Torito" (Torito's City).
In 2003, his radio show, Su Alegre Despertar (Joyous Awakening), broke the world's record for the longest run non stop radio show in history, reaching it's 53rd year to run non-stop and making Agrelot the second person from Puerto Rico, after Wilfredo Benitez, to join the Guinness Book of World Records.
This avid autograph signer has also written joke books and posed in a ring with Muhammad Ali for the cover of one of his publications. He became a philanthropist helping many non-profit organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Puertorican Chapter.
His last performance was his radio show on the morning of January 28, 2004. He retired to his home to take his afternoon nap.....never to wake again. The following morning, his radio show ran silent and the newspaper headlines announced "Laughter Is In Mourning".
Puertoricans gave their last farewell to "Don Cholito" with a State Funeral dignified for high government officials. His couffin was adorned only with his "pava" straw hat that made José Miguel Agrelot a National Treasure.
José Miguel Agrelot Peña (1952 - 2014)*
Puerto Rico, USA
Created by: Rosaly
Record added: Jan 29, 2004
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Otro feliz cumplea~os en el cielo. Seguro lo esta celebrando hacienda reir a los angelitos alla en el cielo. Aqui en la tierra Siempre es recordado y querdio!!! Descanse en paz Don Cholito!|
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