Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo (2 September 1923 – 9 August 1988), often credited as Ramón Valdés, was a Mexican actor of film and television. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the iconic character Don Ramón. He is also recognized as one of Mexico's best comedians.
Ramón Valdés as Don Ramón on the show El Chavo del Ocho
Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo
2 September 1923
Mexico City, Mexico
|Died||9 August 1988 64) (aged|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Resting place||Mausoleos del Ángel|
Mexico City, Mexico
Born in Mexico City, he was raised in a humble and large family that moved to Ciudad Juárez when he was aged two. Valdés made his acting debut at cinema in the movie Tender Pumpkins (1949), appearing along with his brother, Germán Valdés, already an actor better known as "Tin-Tan", and who introduced Ramón into the acting world. Under extra or supporting roles, he continued making appearances in films during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Ramón and Germán had two other brothers, also actors, Manuel Valdés, better known as "Manuel "El Loco" Valdés", and Antonio Valdés, better known as "El Ratón Valdés".
In 1968, Valdés met Roberto Gómez Bolaños, better known as "Chespirito", with whom he began working on programs such as Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada, Chespirito and El Chapulín Colorado. It was on Bolaños's popular sitcom El Chavo del Ocho that he gained international fame for his portrayal of Don Ramón. He left El Chavo del Ocho in 1979 but returned in 1981 for his final year on the project.
Life and career
1923–1968: Childhood, early career and multiple films
Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo was born on 2 September 1923 at Mexico City. His parents were Rafael Gómez-Valdés Angellini and Guadalupe Castillo. He lived a quiet childhood, without being surrounded by many luxuries. He had several brothers, Germán Valdés "Tin Tan", Manuel "El Loco" Valdés, Antonio Valdés "El Ratón Valdés", Guadalupe, Angela, Cristóbal, Antonio and Armando. He was nicknamed "El moncho". At the age of two, his family moved to Ciudad Juárez.
In his youth, Valdés earned his living in multiple activities and trades, and due to this instability, he sometimes faced economic problems. At the same time he began his artistic career thanks to the support of his brother Germán ("Tin Tan"), who took him to act with him in different projects, so he participated in more than 50 films of the golden age of Mexican cinema. His film debut took place on Tender Pumpkins (1949). He continued appearing on multiple movies as an extra or with supporting roles till he met Roberto Gomez Bolaños (Chespirito) in 1968.
1968–1980: Meeting with Chespirito and career success
In 1968, he met Roberto Gomez Bolaños (Chespirito) on the program Sábados de la fortuna, Bolaños saw the talent of Váldes and he made him part of the cast of comedians for his new television project called Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada, where he performed along with María Antonieta de las Nieves and Rubén Aguirre. Then the program changed its name to Chespirito. It was so successful that it was on television for many years. Then came the television bomb El Chavo del Ocho in 1971, where he played Don Ramón, achieving more success and recognition than he had experienced before. It is said that his character was similar to Váldes in real life. Coworker Rubén Aguirre stated:
|“||Ramón Valdés was hard to work with. There were always delays in the tapings because Don Ramón would be late.||”|
He also participated in El Chapulín Colorado airing in 1973 in which he portrayed multiple characters.
1980–1988: Return with Chespirito and final projects
He returned to television in 1981, performing in "Chespirito" as his former characters. He also returned to "El Chavo del Ocho", this being kept as a secret until the moment of recording. According to the history behind his return on one of the episodes in the series, Váldes entered the set to surprise La Chilindrina (María Antonieta de las Nieves) and such was the surprise of the actress, that the tears shed during that scene were real. Valdés only stayed one more year in the production as at the end of that year he left the program forever.
In 1984, Váldez starred in a musical program entitled "Aprendiz de Pirata" (Spanish for "Pirate Apprentice") with Luis Miguel in which he performed his song "Tú No Tienes Corazón" of his 1984 album Palabra de honor.
Valdés kept a strong friendship with an actress on El Chavo del Ocho, Angelines Fernández, better known on the show as Doña Clotilde "La Bruja del 71". At Valdés's funeral, Fernández stayed standing in front of his coffin and crying inconsolably because of his death. He was also good friends with María Antonieta de las Nieves.
He was the uncle of Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro; his brother Manuel "El Loco" Váldes is Castro's father.
Valdés was a tobacco smoker and people close to him stated that it was not unusual to see him with a cigarette in the recording sets.
On 9 August 1988, Valdés died of stomach cancer at age 64. The cancer had spread to his spinal cord. Valdés was entombed at Mausoleos del Ángel in Mexico City, the same cemetery where Angelines Fernández rests.
Valdés is remembered as one of the most beloved actors from El Chavo del Ocho for portraying Don Ramón.
On May 17, 2019, a trailer on Valdés's official YouTube account was released for Con permisito dijo Monchito (Spanish for, With permission, said Little Moncho), a documentary featuring Valdés's life with unpublished material, interviews with fans and fellow co-workers and little known things about him.
|1949||Soy charro de levita||Don Primitivo|
|1949||Novia a la medida|
|1950||The King of the Neighborhood||El Norteño|
|1950||The Mark of the Fox||Guardia|
|1950||Simbad el mareado|
|1951||Oh Darling! Look What You've Done!||Panadero|
|1951||Kill Me Because I'm Dying!|
|1952||Las locuras de Tin Tán||Detective|
|1952||The Beautiful Dreamer||Cavernario|
|1953||You've Got Me by the Wing||González|
|1953||God Created Them||Ramón; Otto|
|1953||The Unknown Mariachi||Detective|
|1955||Escuela de vagabundos||Taxista|
|1955||La vida no vale nada||Uncredited|
|1956||Una movida chueca|
|1956||El sultán descalzo|
|1956||Botas de oro|
|1957||Las aventuras de Pito Pérez||Trailer|
|1957||Los tres mosqueteros y medio|
|1958||A Thousand and One Nights|
|1958||Escuela para suegras|
|1958||Refifi entre las mujeres|
|1958||La odalisca nº 13'|
|1959||Tres lecciones de amor|
|1959||El cofre del pirata|
|1959||Vivir del cuento|
|1960||Variedades de medianoche|
|1960||Tin Tan y las modelos|
|1960||The Phantom of the Operetta||Policía||Uncredited|
|1961||El duende y yo|
|1961||Escuela de valientes|
|1962||El malvado Carabel|
|1962||Ruletero a toda marcha|
|1962||El centauro del Norte|
|1962||Cazadores de asesinos|
|1962||Los valientes no mueren|
|1962||¡En peligro de muerte!|
|1963||Los Amigos Maravilla en el mundo de la aventura|
|1963||El tesoro del rey Salomón||Alí Ben|
|1963||Vuelven los Argumedo|
|1963||Fuerte, audaz y valiente|
|1964||Buenos días, Acapulco|
|1964||Vivir de sueños|
|1964||Mi alma por un amor|
|1964||Héroe a la fuerza|
|1964||Campeón del barrio|
|1965||El padre Diablo|
|1965||Diablos en el cielo|
|1965||El pecador||Mesero Juan|
|1965||El rifle implacable|
|1965||Los fantasmas burlones|
|1965||El señor doctor||Paciente Vendado|
|1966||El falso heredero||Joselito el vagabundo|
|1966||Cada quién su lucha||Badín's Henchman|
|1968||Corona de lágrimas||Conductor del camión de gas|
|1969||Duelo en El Dorado|
|1969||Duelo en El Dorado|
|1969||El aviso inoportuno|
|1970||Gregorio y su ángel|
|1970||El cuerpazo del delito||El gordo|
|1970||La hermanita Dinamita||Conductor de ambulancia|
|1970||Chanoc en las garras de las fieras|
|1970||El profe||Papá de Martín|
|1971||Los Beverly del Peralvillo|
|1972||Chanoc contra el tigre y el vampiro|
|1972||Hijazo de mi vidaza|
|1973||Entre pobretones y ricachones|
|1973||Chanoc y las tarántulas|
|1973||El capitán Mantarraya|
|1975||Chanoc en el foso de las serpientes|
|1977||Chanoc en la isla de los muertos||Tsekub Baloyán|
|1979||El Chanfle||Mr. Moncho Reyes|
|1979||El secuestro de los cien millones|
|1979||En esta primavera|
|1979||Chanoc en el circo Unión|
|1981||OK Mister Pancho|
|1983||El más valiente del mundo|
|1983||Los gatilleros del diablo|
|1984||Luis Miguel, aprendiz de pirata|
|1986||El mas valiente del mundo|
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