Gaspar Henaine Poster


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Overview (5)

Born in Chignahuapan, Puebla, Mexico
Died in Mexico City, Mexico  (pneumonia)
Birth NameGaspar Henaine Pérez
Nicknames Capulina
El Genio Del Humor Blanco
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the most popular comic actors of Mexican cinema and television, Gaspar Henaine (better known as "Capulina") was the son of a hotel owner. His father, Antonio Henaine -born in Lebanon to Lebanese parents- wanted him to follow in the hotel business. Nevertheless, Gaspar went to pursue an artistic career, moving from his native town in Puebla to Mexico City. He started off with the musical trio "Los Excéntricos del Ritmo" in the early 1940s, and years later he formed his own group, "Los Trincas". Capulina's first musical performances were in small theaters and marquees. After a relative success, Capulina had his first great opportunity at the XEW (now Televisa S.A. de C.V.), one of the biggest and most important radio and television networks in Latin America, alternating with comedic performances at "Teatro Blanquita". In theater he continued singing and playing the guitar along with important artistic figures of the time. His first appearances in movies were playing music with his old companions at "Los Trincas". One of them would become his long-time partner Marco Antonio Campos "Viruta", with whom he later formed one of the most famous comedy duos in Mexican cinema and television, "Viruta y Capulina". They're considered by many critics as the Mexican version of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. There was only a little difference: Viruta, the skinny one, was the smart guy and the "brain" of the duo, who suffers all the gags from Capulina, the fatty one and his sidekick. Capulina received punishments from Viruta, such as pinches and smacks on the head, using Capulina's own holed black hat. Viruta and Capulina's style was of a very particular slapstick comedy, in which the former had a coward and witty personality, including a great variety of mannerisms (trembling body, quivering voice). Capulina's trademarks were also his large mustache and a gap-toothed smile. These comic routines made them very famous in their first films, such as La sombra del otro (1957), Se los chupó la bruja (1958), Muertos de miedo (1958), etc. Viruta and Capulina combined work in movies and television, appearing in Cómicos y canciones (1956) program, during the 1950s and 1960s, a night television program (the most famous at the early days of Mexican television). In this program both had versatile performances, where the funny couple made their comic routines (written by future comedian actor Roberto Gómez Bolaños), singing and playing the guitar, along with famous singers like Hermanas Navarro (Rosina Navarro and Socorro Navarro), rock and roll groups, and other fellow colleagues, like "Los Polivoces" (whom made funny impressions of Viruta and Capulina), among others. But the old couple finished their mutual work and the separation was inevitable. By the mid-1960s each one developed their own separated careers in cinema during the following years. There are many speculations about the case: Capulina was having more popularity with their fans, they weren't called by producers anymore, etc. Capulina earned the nickname of "King of White Comedy". The most popular movies from this stage were Mi padrino (1969), Santo contra Capulina (1969) (alongside Mexican B-movies star and wrestler El Santo), El hermano Capulina (1970), El investigador Capulina (1975), etc. Gaspar Henaine never abandoned his musical career, recording nearly 12 albums and memorable songs for children like "Las rejas de Chapultepec". He continued having a very high activity in theater, acting in comic plays and making stand-up comedy. In the late 1980s, Capulina enjoyed a television revival in Televisa, with Las aventuras de Capulina (1989) program, although this project lasted only a few years and didn't has the comic punch from the past, alternating with another Mexican wrestler, Tinieblas and his little shaggy partner, Alushe. By the early 1990s, Capulina started out a very ambitious project in the entertaining industry with "Capulina's Circus". He hosted the show and made clown routines, during long tours in many cities of Mexico, retiring from the show business many years later. He appeared in sporadic interviews for the press and television documentaries until his death, at 85.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Alejandro Frias

Spouse (1)

María Elena Frías (1949 - 30 September 2011) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

A black hat that was holed at the top, his gap-toothed smile and his square-patterned jacket.

Trivia (7)

Capulina had his own comic book at the early 1960's, named "Las Aventuras De Viruta y Capulina" (The Adventures of Viruta and Capulina). Nevertheless, after they split up the name of the comic book was changed for "Las Aventuras De Capulina". By 1975, the comic book changed its format for a mini-pocket edition (8 x 9.5 cm, 128 pages), named "Las Aventuras De Capulinita" (The Adventures of Capulinita"). The stories were written by Angel Morales and drawn by Hector Macedo. The comic book was even distributed in many countries of South America.
His parents were Elias Henaine and Conchita Perez. He had two sisters, Carmen and Dolores.
His children are Antonio and Maria Elena. Erika and Jorge Alemán are his grandchildren.
He took his artistic name from a little female dog.
He was also a prolific musician, playing a wide variety of instruments, such as the guitar, piano and the organ. One of his most famous songs is "Las Rejas De Chapultepec".
He and Marco Antonio Campos "Viruta" are considered the Mexican version of Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello.
Godson of Manuel Dondé.

Personal Quotes (3)

The name of "King of White Comedy" is because I don't use bad words or a vulgar style in my work.
[on the reasons why he decided to pursue a career without his friend Marco Antonio Campos] Many things have been speculated; for example, that we split up over money disputes and even over issues concerning women, but that is not true. The only truth is that. . . the couple ended many years ago when [our television program] got low ratings, when nobody was hiring us for theater, or for tent shows, or for television; in the film industry, where we got to earn up to 200 thousand pesos of that time, they stopped calling us . . . I admit that differences arose, because of the same pressure of not having a job; and since he was in charge of [our] contracts, I told him to insist, to hurry up, but the truth is that our phase and moment was over, just like that of other colleagues; like the case of Tin Tan, who after filming so many movies, they didn't call him anymore and when they did he wasn't interested in who he would work with or how much he would earn, but unfortunately in this industry that's how things are.
[on the separation of Viruta y Capulina] The pair broke up because it didn't have any more strength; we started to plummet. We were nervous because no one wanted to hire us, [and] the program we had got low ratings. At that time Galindo wanted to hire only me to make a film. I didn't do it because Zacarías was the one who made the films of the pair and then he hired me to make my first film, now by myself, which was El zángano (1968), the first of many.

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