Pedro Infante

José Pedro Infante Cruz was born on November 18, 1917, in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. He was perhaps the most famous actor and singer of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and was an idol of his country, along with Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís. Together, the three were known as the Tres Gallos Mexicanos.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Jose Pedro Infante Cruz


El Inmortal

Birth date:

November 18, 1917

Death date:

April 15, 1957 (age 39)

Zodiac Sign:



5' 9"


José Pedro Infante Cruz was born on November 18, 1917, in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. He was one of the biggest actors and singers of the Golden Age in Mexican cinema. As a teenager, Cruz showed interest in music and went as far as making a guitar in a carpentry shop. In 1938, at 21, he auditioned at the radio station X.E.B. for a position with Julián Morán on the piano. Ernesto Belloc, the artistic director at the time, thought he was too nervous during the audition and told him to stay as a carpenter. The following week they gave him a second chance, this time Cruz got hired to sing three times a week on air.

Cruz’s first appearance in a movie was in “En un Burro Tres Baturros,” “Three Peasants on a Donkey.” His leading roles career began in 1943 with “La Feria de Las Flores,” “The Flower Fare.” In the same year, a friend of Cruz’s wife, Carmen Barajas, offered to introduce them to Jorge Negrete, a very well-known artist. Barajas was the aunt of the child actress Angélica María who knew people in the business so it didn’t come as a surprise when she succeeded in convincing Negrete to recommend Cruz to producer Ismael Rodríguez and others. As a result, Cruz got invited to star in several pictures, including “Vuelve el Ametralladora,” or “The Machine Gun Returns.”

Cruz had a passion for aviation. He logged more than 2,000 hours of flight time under the pseudonym Captain Cruz, but on April 15, 1957, he made his last flight. Cruz was co-piloting a consolidated B-24D that crashed five minutes after taking off en route to Mexico City. Cruz was buried in the Pateón Jardín Cemetery amid 300,000 fans who attended the funeral after a tribute at the Teatro Jorge Negrete.

Career timeline

Starts Singing on the Radio

He gets a position to sing three times a week at the radio station X.E.B.

His First Musical Recording

‘El Soldado Raso’ is made under the Peerless Records Company.

His First Leading Role

He gets a leading role in “La Feria de Las Flores,” “The Fair of Flowers”

His First Ariel Award

His role in “La Vida No Vale Nada” gets him an Ariel Award.

Silver Bear for Best Actor

He receives the Silver Bear for Best Actor in the film “Tizoc.”

He lands an Ariel Honorary Award

He is honored with the most important film award in Mexico.

He Gets a Golden Globe Award

He gets Best Foreign Film (Mexico) for the movie “Tizoc.”

Why We Love Pedro Infante

  1. He was down-to-earth

    Despite being Mexico’s biggest celebrity at the time of his death, he was still known for being a very humble and down-to-earth person. We love that about him.

  2. He was a true renaissance man

    He had many talents and knew how to be good at everything at the same time. It’s a rare quality.

  3. He promoted the Mexican culture

    Through his internationally acclaimed work, we got to know more about Mexican culture. We love getting to learn about people’s cultures!

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He was a carpenter apprentice

    As a child, he worked as a carpenter with his father.

  2. He acted in over 60 films

    In his 39 years of life, he managed to star in 60 productions.

  3. He had a lot of recordings

    Believe it or not, he recorded more than 360 songs.

  4. He survived two plane crashes

    He didn’t get any serious injuries from them.

  5. His bracelet was used as identification

    His death was only confirmed after people found his bracelet on the scene.

Pedro Infante FAQs

Was Pedro Infante Cruz a boxer?

Yes, he was a great boxer.

How old would Pedro Infante Cruz be?

He would have been 105 years old.

Does Pedro Infante Cruz have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Yes! He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.

Pedro Infante’s birthday dates

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