Abraham Stavans

Abraham Stavans, born Abraham Stavchansky Altschuler, (January 1, 1933 – March 5, 2019) was a Mexican actor and theater director. He was known for his work in film, telenovelas, and other television series, including the Mexican sitcom, El Chavo del Ocho. Stavans appeared in more than thirty telenovelas and forty-five plays and theater productions during his career.[1][2][3]


Stavans was born Abraham Stavchansky Altschuler in 1933 in Mexico City to Jewish immigrants from the Pale of Settlement.[1] After early schooling, he began studying theater in 1949 at the Instituto Andrés Soler of the National Association of Actors (ANDA).[1] As a student, he studied under the noted theater directors, José de Jesús Aceves and Seki Sano.[1]

Stavans made his acting debut, at the age of 20, in the Spanish-language stage productions of "Las cinco preciosidades francesas" and "Prueba de fuego" by American playwright Arthur Miller.[1] His professional work as a theater director began in 1981 with the production of "Frío almacenaje" (Cold Storage).[1] He compiled more than forty-five stage credits as an actor and theater director during his career.[1]

In addition to his work in theater and television, Stavans appeared in several Mexican and international films. His notable roles included Once Upon a Scoundrel (1973), a James Bond film, Licence to Kill (1989); Original Sin (2001), in which he played opposite Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas; Morirse está en hebreo [es] (2007), and The Story of Pancho Villa.[1]

Stavans also taught theater with his wife, Ofelia, including a course called "Psicoteatro para crecimiento personal."[1]

Abraham Stavans died on March 5, 2019, at the age of 86.[3] He was survived by his three children: Ilan Stavans, an essayist and professor at Columbia University in the United States, Darien, and Liora Stavchansky.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Mansion of Madness
1973 Once Upon a Scoundrel Santos
1978 Cananea Empleado recepción
1979 El Chavo del Ocho Customer / Amusement Park Owner TV Series
1989 Licence to Kill Isthmus City Hotel Bellboy Uncredited
1994 A ritmo de salsa
1996 Sucesos distantes Pablo Mazur
2001 Original Sin Mr. Gutiérrez
2004-2006 Rebelde Joel Huber TV Series
2007 Morirse está en Hebreo Balkoff
2012 Morgana Old librarian


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Fallece el actor y director teatral Abraham Stavans". Diario Judío México. 2019-03-06. Archived from the original on 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  2. ^ "Abraham Stavans, prolífico actor y director de cine, teatro y televisión". Diario Judío México. 2016-06-22. Archived from the original on 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. ^ a b "Fallece Abraham Stavans, actor y director teatral". Periódico Vanguardia. 2019-04-08. Archived from the original on 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-04-07.

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