Google honors Chespirito on what would've been his 91st birthday


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Google honored the late Roberto Gómez Bolaños on Friday, February 21, on what would have been his 91st birthday. The search engine's homepage was decorated with a Google Doodle of the Mexican comedian to commemorate his contributions to the artistic world during his lifetime. If you grew up in a Latino household, you have most likely spent hours watching El Chavo del Ocho with your family, so seeing his familiar face on the Google homepage most likely brought feelings of joy and nostalgia to many around the world. 

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"Today's Doodle celebrates the 91st birthday of the iconic Mexican comedian, entertainer, writer, composer, television director, and producer Chespirito," the tech company's description read. "Best known for creating and starring in some of the most beloved television series in Mexican history."

The Chespirito Google Doodle is colorful and bright.

The Google Doodle page also shared a description of his life and his career. "Robert Gomez Bolaños was born on this day in 1929 in Mexico City. After studying engineering, he quickly shifted focus to one of his many other passions--writing--and found early success contributing to some of Mexico's highest-rated television and radio programs," it read. "As a testament to his growing reputation and prolific output, he earned the endearing nickname 'Chespirito,' or 'Little Shakespeare,' which he embraced for the rest of his life."

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Google paid tribute in such a beautiful way.

Chespirito is a huge figure not only in Mexico but in all of Latin America. His shows brought joy to families all over the world, and he continues to do so with the many characters and projects he left behind. "One of Chespirito's first big breaks came in 1970 when he launched his own self-titled, hour-long comedy sketch show. Stepping in front of the camera, Chespirito brought to life two of his most timeless characters: El Chapulín Colorado (The Crimson Grasshopper), a satirical superhero, and El Chavo del Ocho (The Boy From No. Eight.), a quirky 8-year old orphan, both of which went on to earn their own shows," Google described. "For more than 40 years, Chespirito masterminded the creation of hundreds of episodes of television, in addition to movies and plays, capturing the hearts of millions with his signature style of clean and hopeful humor." 

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Google shared early concepts and drafts of the doodle.

Google shared some sketches of the possible options it had for Chespirito's Google Doodle. All the options captured his bright spirit and the fun energy that he brought to all of the characters he created.

Google has made an effort to celebrate global figures.

Seeing someone who was so influential to our culture on the Google homepage is meaningful for Latinos. He contributed so much to the entertainment world, and he deserved the recognition. 

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The comedian died at age 85.

The comedian died at age 85.

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His fans around the world mourned his death on November 28, 2014, when he died from congestive heart failure at the age of 85. "His legacy lives on in the series' reruns, which have been translated into over 50 languages and continue to run on television networks globally to this day," Google's message read. "Gracias for all the laughs, Chespirito--your infectious smile brings joy to families around the world!"

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