Pedro Infante. Biography, Film career, Singing performances
José Pedro Infante Cruz (Mazatlán, November 18, 1917 – Mérida, April 15, 1957) was a Mexican singer and actor.
He, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solis were the Tres Gallos Mexicanos sprannominati.
He was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, but grew up in Guamúchil and was also known as the “Guamúchil Idol”.
He died in Merida, Yucatan, in a plane crash while piloting a plane to Mexico City.
Since 1939, he has appeared in over 60 films and since 1943 has recorded some 350 songs.
For his performance in the film Tizoc. He won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival in 1957, while the film won the Golden Globe in Hollywood in 1958 for Best Foreign Film.
His most famous Italian success is Angelitos Negros, the 1948, translated into Angeli negri and launched by Don Marino Barreto junior in 1959 and taken over by Fausto Leali in 1968.
Four statues have been erected in his honor. In Mexico City, made with thousands of bronze keys donated by his fans and collected as an appeal from a radio station.
Another where he died, in Merida, Yucatan, even with the bronze keys given to him by the people.
The third in his hometown, Mazatlán, where Pedro Infante is depicted on a motorcycle, in memory of his role in the film A Toda Máquina (A.T.M.) and its sequel Qué te a esa écrou mujer .
The latter is the main square of Guamúchil, his adopted city.
Son of Delfino Infante Garcia and Refugio Cruz Aranda, he was the third of fourteen brothers and sisters, of whom only nine survived.
His father was a musician and played bass in a band, and had a store and a carpentry store. As a teenager, Pedro showed talent for music and learned to play a variety of stringed instruments, wind instruments and percussion. Supported by his father, he studied guitar with Charles R. Hubbard and took singing lessons.
He married Maria Luisa Leon and his wife, who was in a comfortable economic situation, convinced him to move to Mexico City, where he could more easily take advantage of his talent.
In Mexico City, he played songs by Alberto Cervantes (Alberto Raúl Cervantes González) José Alfredo Jiménez, Cuco Sánchez, Tomás Méndez, Rubén Fuentes and Salvador Flores Rivera (Chava Flores).
His first recording was El Soldado Raso, on November 19, 1943.
After his first screen appearance in the movies, and other minor roles, he had the lead role in the film The Flower Fair, 1943.
From his relationship with the dancer Lupita Torrentera he had three children: Graciela Margarita, Pedro and Guadalupe Infante Torrentera.
And Irma Dorante, a young actress he met when he was only 16, another daughter, Irma Infante, who followed in her father’s footsteps and became an actress and singer.
In the 1940s, the massive migration of peasants to the cities (mainly to Mexico City) to provide labor for the burgeoning manufacturing industry transformed Mexico from a rural to an urban country.
Working-class neighborhoods were built and the cinema found an icon of identification with the new urban working class in Pedro Infante. With his character Pepe Toro in the melodramatic trilogy Nosotros los pobres (1947), Ustedes los ricos (1948) and Pepe El Toro (1952). With Evita Muñoz “Chachita” who plays the woman interpreter, all under the direction of Ismael Rodríguez.
It was with the character of the bull Pepe, the poor carpenter with the accent of the capital, that Pedro Infante equaled the popularity of celebrities of the time such as Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”, Fernando Soler and even Jorge Negrete and Maria Felix.
Migration was the nostalgia inherent to rural life, the popularity of ranchera music and the idealization of Charro (the cowboy of Mexico), a role Infante had played in films such as Los tres García and Vuelven los García, 1946, by actress Sara García and directed by Ismael Rodríguez Ruelas; and later, in Ahí está Martín Corona (1951) and Los hijos de María Morales (1952).
One of his best performances was for the film Sobre las olas (1950). Based on the life of Juventino Rosas, the Mexican composer of the famous title waltz (in the air).
Pedro’s musical talent contributed greatly to the creation of the character. The director was Ismael Rodríguez Ruelas, who also directed, in 1952, Dos tipos de cuidado, where they met with the two idols of the time: Pedro Infante Jorge Negrete.
An important point in the career of actor Pedro Infante received the Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Arts and Sciences for Best Actor for his role in the film La vida pas de nada vale.
For his penultimate film, Tizoc, 1956, he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival with Maria Felix for best actor. The prize was awarded posthumously.
Infant died intestate. The first beneficiaries of his legacy were the producers of the highly successful films he starred in, as well as the music company “Peerless”…
According to producer Jorge Madrid y Campos, who was also his legal representative. Pedro Infante’s fame has increased considerably since his death.
The presence of so many admirers in his shrine on the anniversary of his death is remarkable, as well as the musical tributes of the ranchera singers and the mariachi genres that pay him homage.
As a Mexican American author, Denise Chavez, humorously says in her book “Amando a Pedro Infante”, “If you are one, and I don’t know who it is, you should be tied to a hot stove with a yucca rope and beaten with dry, sharp corn leaves found in a vat of soaked noodles.
If your racial and cultural or ethnic background is different, it’s time to meet the most famous Mexican singer and actor.
Some fanatics have speculated that his death was faked. These rumors have been fueled, among other things, by the fact that Infante’s body was burned beyond recognition in the plane crash, and by the appearance in the 1980s of a man named Antonio Pedro, who thought he looked like Infante.
He played several types of songs: waltz, cha cha cha, traditional Mexican ranchera and bolero and was one of the most popular singers of mariachi and ranchera music.
He made popular the “bolero ranchero” which combines two musical genres.
Parmi ses performances les plus populaires: amorcito Corazón (Manuel Esperón) Te quiero así, La que se fue, Corazón, El Durazno, maison Dulce, Maldita mer mi suerte, Asi La vida, mañana Rosalía, Je cariñito, Dicen que mujeriego de soy, papier Euphémie, nocturne, Cien Años, Flor depuis Retoño, Pénjamo, et ¿Qué te a Dado esa mujer?
the famous Bésamo Mucho, composed by Consuelo Velázquez was the only one recorded in English and performed in the film A Toda Máquina (A.T.M.) with Luis Aguilar in 1951.
He was often accompanied with a great deal of complexity from the musical era, such as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Noah Fajardo’s Orchestra, Trio Calaveras and guitarist Antonio Bribiesca. The characteristic “Cri Mariachi” that he created was already famous.