Rubén Aguirre Muere who played Profesor Jirafales dies at 82
byNaija Blog Queen Olofofo-
Rubén Aguirre 2016.The actor known for his role as Profesor Jirafales, passed away this morning. He was 82. The actor's costar and friend Edgar Vivar, who played Señor Barriga on the show, confirmed the news on Twitter. "Rest in peace my favorite professor…today my great friend Ruben Aguirre has left this earth. I will miss you dearly," he tweeted.
His daughter Veronica Aguirre confirmed to CNN en Español that her father passed away
due to complications from pneumonia.
Aguirre played the role of the short-tempered teacher on the iconic Mexican comedy show for nine years. El Chavo del Ocho continues to be one of the most successful show in Latin America and Spanish-language television in the United States.
In early June, Consuelo de los Reyes, Aguirre’s wife had mentioned on a TV show that her husband was in serious condition. “From one day to another he lost all his strength and now he’s not moving,” de los Reyes said at the time. “He can’t even roll on the bed and is not talking as much. Diabetes has him like that.”
Rubén Aguirre biography.Aguirre was born in Saltillo, Coahuila on June 15, 1934. He began his acting career in Monterrey, working with a famous clown named “Pipo.” From there, he ventured on to Mexico City, where he worked at Televisión Independiente de Mexico, a national television network that operated until 1973 when it merged with Telesistema Mexicano to form Televisa. He oversaw several television scripts to see which ones would make good shows, and that’s how he met Roberto Gómez Bolaños, known as Chespirito, the mastermind behind “El Chavo del 8” and “El Chapulín Colorado.”
Chespirito noticed Aguirre’s tall, skinny figure and asked him to play Profesor Jirafales on the show he was developing, called “El Chavo del 8.” The name “Jirafales” came from from “jirafa,” which means “giraffe” in Spanish. Aguirre agreed. He was good friends with Carlos Villagrán, whom he recommended for the role of Quico.
After “El Chavo,” Rubén Aguirre Muere moved to Argentina, where he opened a circus with the name Profesor Jirafales. He returned to Mexico in 2003 and started working as an announcer at game shows.