Eugenio González Derbez was born on September 2, 1961, and was raised in Mexico City. He showed an early interest in acting and at the age of 12, he received his first role as an extra in soap operas. After completing his studies at the Centro de Educacion Artistica and the Mexican Film Institute, he was cast in his first television role in the comedy series, “Cachún Cachún Ra Ra!” Soon after, a Mexican soap opera called “No Tengo Madre,” which he directed for the first time in 1997, was released. He also pursued a career in filmmaking, graduating from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater with a degree in Film Direction. We honor him and his accomplishments today.
As one of the more successful comedic actors and directors from Mexico, Derbez has a plethora of critically acclaimed T.V. shows and movies under his belt. From the late 1980s to the early 1990s, weekly Mexican T.V. programs featured him regularly. Soon after, he started working for a Mexican family that featured and produced his own comedy series, “Al Derecho y al Derbez.” He landed his first recurring T.V. role in a comedy show called “Anabel.” One of his movies, “Sangre de mi Sangre,” won the 2007 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the same year that he starred in his first non-comedy movie, “Under the Same Moon.”
Despite his popularity in Mexico, it wasn’t until Derbez appeared as Felipe in Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” in 2011, which also starred Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, and Adam Sandler, that he broke out among the English-speaking audience. He also appeared in “Girl In Progress” with Eva Mendes, which was also directed by Patricia Riggen. Eugenio has had roles in “Rob!” on C.B.S. and “Latinologues” at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway.
The most popular Spanish-language movie ever made in the United States and the rest of the world, “Instructions Not Included,” which Derbez both starred in and directed, shattered multiple box office records and made over $100 million in 2013. The comedy-drama in Spanish became an unexpected $44 million hit in the United States and the third-highest-grossing movie in Mexico ($46 million) of the year. Derbez appeared in “How to Be a Latin Lover,” a Lionsgate/Pantelion film in which he co-starred, among others, alongside Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Kristen Bell. The movie, which Derbez and Ben Odell co-produced, was released in 2017. In 2021, the cast of CODA, in which he appeared as a music teacher, won all three Academy Awards nominations, including the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.’
Derbez resides in Los Angeles with his family. The actress, model, and vocalist Alessandra Rosaldo is the wife of Derbez. He is the father of four kids and has a bulldog named Fiona.
With the Mexican soap opera, "No Tengo Madre," Derbez makes his directing debut.
"X.H.D.R.B.Z." debuts, a sitcom that Derbez and Florinda Meza co-create.
He is named the most important Latin American man in the world by Variety.
The ceremony is attended by thousands of fans, as Derbez unveils his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Why We Love Eugenio Derbez
He is very funny
Derbez is an exceptionally funny actor who adds comic relief to every role he plays. He is one of those actors you like to watch to lift your mood.
He is multitalented
In addition to acting in T.V. and films, he has also directed and produced many critically acclaimed movies. He has also voiced popular animated characters and performed on Broadway.
He contributes to charitable causes
He has backed a wide range of efforts to aid both humans and animals during his career. In 2015, he gave the State of Mexico's government and El Muro Organization 10 million pesos to construct a shelter in the La Marquesa neighborhood, near the State’s capital, Toluca.
5 Surprising Facts
His parents are well-known
He is the son of publicist Eugenio González Salas and actress Silvia Derbez.
Most of his kids are actors
Three out of four of his kids are in the film industry as actors and actresses.
He owns a movie studio
Derbez and producer Ben Odell both own 3pas Studios.
He voices a beloved animated character
Derbez voices the Spanish versions of Donkey in “Shrek” and Mushu, in “Mulan.”
He made his debut as an extra
Derbez made his T.V. acting debut as an extra in a telenovela at 12 years of age.
Eugenio Derbez FAQs
What role did Eugenio Derbez play in “Coco?”
He played the donkey in the movie, “Coco.”
How many times has Eugenio Derbez been married?
He has been married twice.
Has Eugenio Derbez won any Grammy Awards?
He has received a lot of awards, but he has never been nominated for or won a Grammy Award.
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