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Jorge Negrete

Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno (30 November 1911 – 5 December 1953) is considered one of the most popular Mexican singers and actors of all time. Negrete was born in the City of Guanajuato where he was raised together with his brother and three sisters, and also lived in San Luis Potosí. From an early age, Negrete demonstrated a great brilliance and rapidly became a prominent student in the eyes of his teachers. He spoke five languages: Spanish, German, English, French, Italian, and even Nahuatl (a Mesoamerican dialect). Despite his brilliance, Negrete decided to abandon his studies at the age of thirteen to enroll in the military. He graduated with the rank of sub-lieutenant from El Colegio Militar, Mexico’s military academy. This was the place where his fascination for music developed. Not only did he develop an interest for music but his military training forged him a gallant presence and character which would later benefit him in his acting career. Negrete met and studied under José Pierson, a prestigious singing professor, who became fascinated the moment he heard Negrete sing. Pierson helped Negrete develop his talent for Opera which led him to become well known in the United States. Handsome, with a very strong will and a trained, fascinating voice, he is still a top icon in Mexico, Spain and Latin America, more than 50 years after his death. His recording of "México Lindo y Querido" ("Beautiful and Beloved México"), his country’s unofficial anthem, is the best known recording of the song. His career is often compared to that of Pedro Infante, the most popular Mexican actor of the time. The public rivalry didn’t carry over to their private lives, as they were close friends until Negrete’s death. He married twice, to famous actresses with whom he shared credits: Elisa Christy and María Félix. He also lived with his frequent co-star, for more than ten years. Gloria Marín co-starred in 10 out of his 44 films. He started his career singing on the radio in 1931 in Mexico City singing operatic parts. In 1936 he signed with NBC Television for a TV program with Cuban and Mexican musicians. He returned to Mexico in 1937 to act in the film La Madrina Del Diablo ("The Devil's Godmother") and because of the success of the film he was able to sign for several more the next three years. In 1938 he starred in La Valentina with Elisa Christy and then in Juntos Pero No Revueltos. After working in Havana and Hollywood he was called to act in ¡Ay Jalisco, No Te Rajes! ("Hey Jalisco, Don’t Back Down!") which made him an international Latin star and helped formulate the charro film genre. Filming this film he met Gloria Marín, starting their romance and the string of films they filmed together. He complemented his film career by singing rancheras with the trio Los Tres Calaveras and touring Latin America, singing concerts and making personal appearances. He was offered the main role in El Peñón de las Ánimas (The Rock of Souls) and wanted Marín to be his co-star. In spite of his protests, newcomer María Félix became his star and eventually his wife, although they at first despised each other while filming the film.

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Nov 30, 1911 In Guanajuato, Mexico
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie La madrina del diablo 1937-09-09
Latest Project:
Movie El charro inmortal 1955-12-08
Known For
Poster of Cuando quiere un mexicano
Poster of El Jorobado
Poster of Cuando viajan las estrellas
Poster of Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes!
Movie El charro inmortal Unknown 1955-12-08
Movie El rapto Ricardo Alfaro 1954-04-23
Movie Dos tipos de cuidado Jorge Bueno 1953-11-05
Movie Tal para cual Unknown 1953-01-15
Movie Reportaje Singer serenading the movie star 1953-11-13
Movie Siempre tuya Unknown 1952-01-18
Movie Hay un niño en su futuro Unknown 1952-02-22
Movie Los tres alegres compadres Unknown 1952-04-11
Movie Un gallo en corral ajeno Unknown 1952-07-08
Movie Teatro Apolo Miguel Velasco 1950-01-01
Movie La posesión Unknown 1950-01-01
Movie Red Rain Unknown 1950-01-26
Movie Allá en el Rancho Grande José Francisco 1949-01-21
Movie Jalisco canta en Sevilla Nacho Mendoza 1949-01-31
Movie Si Adelita se fuera con otro Unknown 1948-04-29
Movie Gran Casino Gerardo Ramírez 1947-06-12
Movie El ahijado de la muerte Pedro / El Ahijado 1946-10-31
Movie No basta ser charro Unknown 1946-04-11
Movie En tiempos de la inquisición Unknown 1946-07-25
Movie El rebelde (Romance de Antaño) Juan Manuel de Mendoza 1945-03-09
Movie Me he de comer esa tuna Unknown 1945-03-01
Movie Hasta que perdió Jalisco Unknown 1945-09-13
Movie Canaima Marcos Vargas 1945-10-04
Movie Camino de Sacramento Unknown 1945-04-11
Movie Cuando quiere un mexicano Unknown 1944-08-10
Movie The Spirit's Canyon Fernando Iturriaga 1943-02-25
Movie El Jorobado 1943-05-05
Movie Tierra De Pasiones Unknown 1943-05-20
Movie El fanfarrón: ¡Aquí llegó el valentón! Alberto 1943-05-13
Movie A Letter of Love Jefe Liberal 1943-11-20
Movie Seda Sangre Y Sol Unknown 1942-07-07
Movie Cuando viajan las estrellas 1942-04-01
Movie Historia de un gran amor Manuel y Rodrigo Venegas 1942-09-20
Movie Así se quiere en Jalisco Unknown 1942-11-13
Movie Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes! 1941-11-12
Movie Fiesta José (as George Negrete) 1941-11-28
Movie Juntos Pero No Revueltos Unknown 1939-01-06
Movie La Valentina Unknown 1938-06-29
Movie Juan sin miedo Unknown 1938-07-25
Movie El Cementerio De Las Aguilas Unknown 1938-12-12
Movie Perjura Unknown 1938-11-11
Movie La madrina del diablo Unknown 1937-09-09