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Pedro Infante Cruz, starring in films such as Nosotros los pobres and Los tres García, was born November 18, 1917 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, in a modest family consisting of musician Delfino Infante Garcia and Maria del Refugio Cruz Aranda, except for eight brothers.
From the age of seven he lived in Guamuchile, Sinaloa, where he grew up, so he is known as “Idol of Guamuchila”.
In 1932 he joined the Estrella de Culiacan orchestra, and in 1939 he emigrated to Mexico City, where he received a contract with XEW, after which he shone in the cinema over absurd subjects and characters made for measurement.
After his first meeting with director Ismael Rodriguez in Escándalo de estrellas (1944) several titles such as Nosotros los pobres appeared, with which his figure was recorded in the history of Mexican cinema. From that moment on, his films and songs were arranged in the hearts of the people.
He became the most famous actor and singer of this stage of the national cinema, participating in films like Cuando lloran los valientes (1945), I charro de rancho grande (1947), also suffers pain (1950), Innocent (1955), The Thousand Loves (1957) and ¡Viva mi desgracia! (1943).
In addition to Vuelven los García (1946), “Letters marked” (1947) say that I am a womanizer (1948), “The Woman I Lost” (1949), “Hawk”, “Pollero” (1950), "In Love" (1951) and "Children of Maria Morales" (1952) and others.
The actor and singer became an icon of Mexico, especially for his performance in the trilogy: "We, the poor, you are rich" (1948) and Pepe El Toro (1952).
For the Tizok film (1956), in which he participated with Maria Felix, he won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and the Golden Globe for the best foreign film.
Among his most memorable productions are: Los tres García (1946), Los tres huastecos (1948), ¡A todo máquina! (1951), “The Corner of the Sky” (1952), “The School of Vagrants” (1954), Pablo and Carolina (1955), “Two Types of Care” (1952) and “What is this woman about you? (1951).
Some of his most famous and still current songs are: Amorcito corazón, They say that I am a womanizer, Cielito lindo, Awake, What did this woman give you? Letter to Eufemia, A hundred years, and I did not go to name a few.
According to his sentimental life, it is known that he married only one occasion, and that was with Maria Louise Leon. But he had other couples, among them Lupita Torrenter, with whom he had two children: Pedro and Lupita. In 1939, he began a relationship with actress Irma Dorantes, with whom he had another daughter named Irma.
During his career, he also won Ariel from the Mexican Academy of Cinematography, in the nomination "Best Actor" for his role in "La vida no vale nada" (1954).
On April 15, 1957, Pedro died in a plane crash. He traveled as the co-pilot of the Liberator B-24, who left Merida, Yucatan, headed for Mexico City, and collapsed shortly after takeoff.
Among the numerous tributes to which he was subjected, his nephew, José Ernesto Infante Quintanilla, published the book of the immortal idol Pedro Infante, which contains a series of familiar jokes that have never been told before, as well as unpublished photographs.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, a compilation of its successes was launched, which included Amorcito Corazon and Las Mananitas. Memorial tequila, a postage stamp and some biographical books were also released.
Similarly, in 2007, on the occasion of the great celebration of the 90th anniversary of the performer, the brand of instruments launched a drill with his name on the market.
In 2009, he was honored with music, lectures and other activities in Zacatecas, in addition to a sample of 250 items and garments belonging to Sinaloa.
In 2011, he was remembered by the exhibition “The Seventh Art” on paper mounted on the Metro Collective Transport System; posters of Mexican films of different eras, dressed for a month at the station of the Medical Center.
Among the images was the film "Gitana", which you were to become (1953), directed by Rafael Baledon, who starred next to the Spanish "Carmen-Seville".
In 2012, he was remembered with the release of an unpublished live album, as a result of the last concert that was offered by the singer in Lima, Peru. A CD was also released with a date that was recorded at the Dorados Stadium in Sinaloa and in which Lila Downes, Lucero, Pepe Aguilar, Edith Marquez, Raphael, Evgenia Leon, Nelson Ned, AB Quintanilla III and Los Cumbia All Stars, Jorge Muniz, Pablo Montero, Chites, Shilah Durcal, Moderato, Alex Sintec, La Rondalla de Saltillo and Mijares.
Five years ago, it was announced that the “El Idolo de Guamúchil” figure would be immortalized thanks to the creation of a museum in his honor in Cuajimalp, which was opened early last year and which had an investment of 15 million pesos.
Also in 2013, the International Association of Press, Radio and Television in Las Vegas paid tribute to the late translator Despierta on national holidays, where they crowned their daughter Lupitu Infante as the queen of Fiestas Patrias Las Vegas 2013,
In 2015, it was announced that there is a film project in which the Mexican icon will “revive” thanks to new technologies.
It is already 101 years from the date of his birth this Sunday. (TOM PALOMARES)
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