Rubén Aguirre

Rubén Aguirre Fuentes (Spanish pronunciation: [ruˈβen aˈɣire ˈfwentes]; 15 June 1934 – 17 June 2016) was a Mexican actor and comedian. He was best known for his character Profesor Jirafales in Televisa's 1970s television show El Chavo del Ocho. Aguirre also participated in another well known television show of the era, El Chapulín Colorado, albeit less frequently.

Rubén Aguirre
Ruben Aguirre as Profesor Jirafales in El Chavo del Ocho
Rubén Aguirre Fuentes

(1934-06-15)15 June 1934
Died17 June 2016(2016-06-17) (aged 82)
  • Actor
  • producer
  • comedian
  • screenwriter
  • director
Years active1967–2013
Notable work
Profesor Jirafales in El Chavo
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Consuelo de los Reyes (m. 1959)

Life and education

Rubén Aguirre was born in Santa Anita in Saltillo, Coahuila.

In his book Después de Usted (After You, a common phrase used by his character Professor Jirafales), published in February 2015, he wrote about the difficulty of finding higher education institutions in Mexico during the mid 1950s, since there were very few schools. This is why in his late teenage years, he moved to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, to study in one of the most renowned universities of that time, the Escuela Superior de Agricultura "Hermanos Escobar", where he studied Agricultural Engineering.[3]

Once in Juárez, he would regularly cross into the United States, since according to his memories, "it was so easy to cross the border back then, I remember I would put on my college jacket on and since the gringo would see that you were a student, he would let you through". Rubén Aguirre worked many times as a gardener in El Paso to make ends meet.

It was in Juárez, as well, where he began his career in the media as an unofficial radio host and bullfighting commentator. His passion to become a radio announcer was so big that he paused his college education to travel to Mexico City and get his radio license.

He returned to Juárez and began working as a radio host; he married his wife Consuelo de los Reyes, who he met at a bullfight, finished his degree in Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Mechanized Systems and some time after he moved to Monterrey, Nuevo León, where he began his acting career and met Roberto Gómez Bolaños.[4]


When he first began looking for acting work, he was told that at 6'5", he was too tall.[4] Nevertheless, despite his height, he was able to begin his acting career in Monterrey, Nuevo León, working with a character named Pipo, a famous clown. His acting caught the eye of Mexican producer Roberto Gómez Bolaños who asked him to work with him in Mexico City. Aguirre went on to Mexico City where he worked on several television scripts with Gómez Bolaños, creator and main star of both El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado.

Aguirre garnered fame across Latin America when both El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado became major international hits. The group of actors that comprised the casts of both shows toured often, and sometimes they would venture out on their own. Aguirre was not the exception, visiting such places as Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Brazil many times. Chespirito owned the rights to El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado. After Aguirre's participation in both shows was over, he moved to Argentina and opened a circus there. Chespirito had no copyrights in Argentina, and Aguirre was able to name his circus El Circo del Profesor Jirafales.[3][5]


Some of Aguirre's acting roles were in:[6]

  • El Chavo del Ocho (1971-1992)[7] - Professor Jirafales / Prof. Inocencio Jirafales 'Maistro Longaniza'
  • El Chapulín Colorado (1973-1978) - Various Characters
  • Santo y Blue Demon contra el Dr. Frankenstein (1974)[8]
  • El Moro de Cumpas (1977) - Señor cura
  • Lo Veo y no lo Creo (1977)
  • Capulina Chisme Caliente (1977)
  • La Hora del Jaguar (1978)
  • El Chanfle (1979) - Sr. Matute
  • Mi Caballo el Cantador (1979) - Padre Aparicio
  • Chespirito (1980-1992) - Lucas Tañeda / Sargento Refugio / Professor Jirafales
  • Sabor a Sangre (1980) - Sacerdote
  • Aventuras en Marte (1981) - Astronaut
  • El Chanfle II (1982) - Sr. Matute
  • Viva el Chubasco (1983)
  • Don Ratón y don Ratero (1983) - Rufino Rufián
  • Charrito (1984) - Director
  • Escuadrón Sida (1987)
  • Este Vampiro es un Tiro (1991)
  • El Chivo (1992) - Padre Correa
  • Fray Valentino II (1994)
  • Las Aventuras de Fray Valentino (1994) - Fray Valentino
  • El Show del Vampiro (2004)


  1. "Mexican actor Ruben Aguirre dies at 82". BBC News.
  2. Notice of death of Rubén Aguirre,; accessed 17 June 2016. (in Portuguese)
  3. "Rubén Aguirre, o Professor Girafales de 'Chaves', morre aos 82 anos" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  4. Aguirre, R. (2015). Después de usted: Las memorias del profesor más querido de América Latina. Fuera de colección (in Spanish). Grupo Planeta - México. ISBN 978-607-07-2546-3. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. Bolaños, R.G. (2007). Sin querer queriendo. Aguilar (in Spanish). Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México. p. 257. ISBN 978-607-11-1056-5. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  6. Lentz, H.M. (2017). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2016. Lentz’s Performing Arts Obituaries. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-4766-7031-7. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  7. Antunes, Anderson (January 1, 2012). "Meet El Chavo, The World's Most Famous (And Richest) Orphan". Forbes. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  8. "Filme com a participação de Rubén Aguirre (Prof Girafales) - Vídeo Dailymotion". Dailymotion.
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