GOOGLE celebrates Pedro Infante’s 100th Birthday!

GOOGLE celebrates Pedro Infante’s 100th Birthday!

Beloved Mexican singer and actor Pedro Infante is often compared to Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, and Elvis Presley, the artist’s monikers — from “El Rey de Rancheras” to “El ídolo de Guamúchil” to “El Inmortal” — illustrate his myriad talents and enduring charm.

See amazing slideshow and videos below!

Born in 1917 in the fishing town of Mazatlán, Infante apprenticed to a carpenter and learned music from his father.

Though deft at many instruments (he even crafted his own guitar), his voice was his most exceptional talent. As part of his father’s band, “La Rabia” in his teenage days, Infante experimented with the style that made him most famous. Mixing feeling with technique, his soulful croon forever changed the way the mariachi was sung and he helped popularize the genre around the world.




But singing was just the first act in Infante’s story!

In 1943 he starred in “La Feria de las Flores,” and also created his first musical record, “El Soldado Raso.” This marked the beginning of a 14 year career in which Infante acted in nearly 60 films and recorded 366 songs, becoming one of the most prominent and loved figures in “La época de Oro del Cine Mexicano” (the Golden Era of Mexican cinema).


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As today’s Doodle shows, Infante’s passions went beyond stage and screen, though they often appeared intertwined.

An avid boxer off-camera, Infante stepped into the ring for 1953’s “Pepe El Toro,” one of his most iconic roles. In “A Toda Máquina,” Infante played the part of a motorcycle cop [next photo], dignifying the profession and immortalizing high-speed “acrobacias” — a sequence of dizzying, two-wheeled pirouettes that are still performed in many of Mexico’s parades and civil events today.

Infante was posthumously awarded a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in “Tizoc,” his last film. Today we celebrate what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday with scenes illustrating the vibrant parallels between his life and work — all beginning with a classic Infante pose.


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See amazing slideshow and videos below!

Be sure to check out Pedro Infante’s new exhibit on Google Arts & Culture to learn more about his life and works, courtesy of Cineteca Nacional in Mexico. Also en español.


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