Mexican comedy actor, producer and director Eugenio Derbez is popular for his performances in such TV shows as “Al Derecho y al Derbez” (1993-1995), “Derbez en cuando” (1999), “Cómplices al rescate” (2002), “La Familia P.Luche” (2003) and films like “Fotógrafo de Modelos” (1990), “Hembra o macho” (1991), “Zurdo” (2003), “National Lampoon's TV the Movie” (2006, TV), “National Lampoon's Pledge This!” (2006), “La misma luna” (2007), “Padre Nuestro” (2007) and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” (2008). He has executive produced and directed episodes of the TV series “XHDRbZ” (2003), “Hospital el paisa” (2004) and “Vecinos” (2005). He also had acting roles in “XHDRbZ” (as Ludovico P. Luche) and “Vecinos.” Derbez was handed a 2005 Mexican MTV Movie Award for voicing Donkey, the best friend of Shrek, in the Spanish version of “Shrek 2.”
As a stage actor, he is probably best associated as the star of “Latinologues.” He also received rave reviews for his performances in “Salvese Quien Pueda,” “Ninnete y Un Señor de Murcia” and “Opción Múltiple.”
Commonly known for playing intellectual characters with thick glasses, Derbez has also written two comedy oriented books titled “Non-Authorized Autobiography” (1997) and “Armando Hoyos: Diccionario de la Real Epidemia de la Lengua/Armando Hoyos: The Real Language Epidemic Dictionary” (1999).
Derbez and his ex-wife, actress Victoria Ruffo (born on May 31, 1961), the older sister of actress Gabriela Ruffo, have one son together. The father of 3, he also has another son and a daughter. Currently, Derbez is in a relationship with Mexican actress/singer Alessandra Rosaldo (born on September 11, 1971).
Childhood and Family:
Eugenio González Derbez was born on September 2, 1962, in Mexico City, Mexico, to Silvia Derbez (born in 1932, died in 2002), who was one of the best known actresses of TV and film in Mexico’s history. He has a sister named Silvia Eugenia Derbez. His niece, who is also named Silvia Eugenia Derbez, is also an actress.
Growing up surrounded by celebrities, Eugenio discovered a love for the performing arts at an early age. By age 12, he had made his professional TV acting debut. He acted while in school but did not begin formal acting lesson until age 19. Eugenio graduated from Televisa's Acting School with a degree in acting. He also has a degree in film directing from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater.
Eugenio married actress Victoria Ruffo in 1992, but they later divorced. They have one son, José Eduardo. Eugenio also has another son named Vadhir Derbez and a daughter.
Eugenio owns several Formula 1 racecars.
Al Derecho y al Derbez
Son of legendary Mexican actress Silvia Derbez, Eugenio Derbez has been interested in acting since he was a child. He made his TV acting debut at age 12. After formally taking acting lessons, the talented thespian appeared in many plays. He resumed his television career in the early 1980s with a regular gig on the hit Mexican series “Cachun, Cachun, Ra, Ra!” before securing parts in the long running drama series “Tal como somos/Just The Way We Are” (1987), opposite Julissa and Cecilia Tijerina, and the comedy show “Anabel” (1988), in which he played various characters.
In 1990, Derbez appeared in the comedies “Fotógrafo de Modelos/Models Photographer,” alongside celebrated Mexican comedian César Bono, and “Transplante a la Mexicana/Mexican Style Transplant,” where he was cast as Eugenio. Both films were directed and written by Víctor Manuel Castro. Also that year, he appeared in “Más vale amada que quemada,” a comedy helmed by Jorge Manrique. Derbez was reunited with Bono and filmmaker Víctor Manuel Castro for the 1991 comedy “Hembra o macho” and with Jorge Manrique for the Televicine S.A. de C.V.-produced “Soy hombre y que” (1993).
However, the comedian did not gain major recognition until he headlined the comedy variety show “Al Derecho y al Derbez” from 1993 to 1995. During his tenure on the show, he played memorable characters like Armando Hoyos and Julio Esteban (a spoof of astrologist Walter Mercado), among others. In addition to emerging as a star in Mexico, the show helped spread his popularity to the United States. Derbez also directed a season 2 episode (1993).
Throughout the 1990s, Derbez continued to amass TV credits. He appeared in an episode of “Mujer, casos de la vida real” (1997), directed and starred in the soap opera “No tengo madre/I Don't Have a Mother” (1997) and took part in the animated series “Serafin” (1998). He then appeared as a nurse in the TV miniseries “Cuento de Navidad” (1999) and played various roles in the comedy series “Derbez en cuando” (1999), including the famous Armando Hoyos, Lonje Moco, Aarón Abasolo, Heimer, and Señor Peluche.
Entering the new millennium, Derbez appeared as Mil Caras in the first episode of “Carita de ángel” (2000), alongside Miguel de León, Silvia Pinal, Libertad Lamarque, Ana Patricia Rojo and others, and returned to series TV as a regular in the drama series “Cómplices al rescate/Accomplices to the Rescue,” which aired in the U.S. in September 2002, eight months after its debut in Mexico. The following year, he had a supporting role in the adventure movie “Zurdo” (2003), his first film in ten years, and starred in the TV series “La Familia P.Luche.” Among his costars in the show were Regina Blandón, Consuelo Duval and Miguel Perez.
It was also in 2003 that Derbez entered the world of producing by serving as executive producer on the television series “XHDRBZ/La hora Derbez.” He also played the starring role of Ludovico P. Luche (24 episodes, 2007). He next executive produced “Hospital el paisa” (Mexico: 2004, US: 2005), which he also directed and wrote, and executive produced the cult favorite “Vecinos” (2005-2009), which he also co-created. Derbez also directed four episodes of the César Bono starring vehicle in 2006 and played three different characters in four episodes during the 2005-2006 season. Derbez was also seen hosting “Premio lo Nuestro a la música Latina 2005” (2005) and appeared in “National Lampoon's TV the Movie” (2006), opposite Steve-O and Preston Lacy who also wrote the movie with the director Sam Maccarone. After guest starring in “Fea más bella, La/The Prettiest Ugly Girl” (2006), he attracted the attention of American moviegoers with his memorable portrayal of Josei in “National Lampoon's Pledge This!” (2006). He then played Anibal in “Padre Nuestro/Sangre de mi sangre” (2007), a thriller from filmmaker Christopher Zalla. He next costarred with Adrian Alonso and Kate del Castillo in the Patricia Riggen-directed drama “La misma luna/Under the Same Moon” (2007), which won the Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Spanish Language Motion Picture at the 2008 ALMA Awards, the 2008 Young Artist for Best International Feature Film, and a 2009 Image nomination for Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture. In 2008, Derbez appeared as a store owner in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” a comedy helmed by Raja Gosnell. The film starred the voices of Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos and Loretta Devine.
On stage, Derbez earned praise for his performances in “Ninnete y Un Señor de Murcia” “Miguel Miura,” “Salvese Quien Pueda” and “Opción Múltiple.” In 2004, he began starring in “Latinologues.” Lured by its success on the road, the show was transformed into a Broadway play in 2005 with Cheech Marin sitting in the director's chair. In 2006, Derbez helmed “La bella y la muy besti,” a play by Mariano Moro.
Derbez has done a number of voice-overs. He dubbed the Spanish version of such characters as Donkey in “Shrek” and ”Shrek 2,” from which he netted a 2005 Mexican MTV Movie award for Favorite Voice in an Animated Film. He also did the voices of Mushu in ¨”Mulan” and “Mulan 2,” and Dr. Doolittle's best friend, Lucky, in “Dr. Doolittle” and “Dr. Doolittle 2.”
MTV Movie (Mexico): Favorite Voice in an Animated Film (Mejor Caricatura de Voz), “Shrek 2,” 2005 (as the voice of Donkey)