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Federico Arturo Guízar Tolentino (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtito ˈɣisaɾ]; April 8, 1908 – December 24, 1999) was a Mexican born American singer and actor. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, he performed under the name of Tito Guízar. Together with superstars Dolores del Río, Ramón Novarro and Lupe Vélez, as well as José Mojica, Guízar was among the few Mexican people who made history in the early years of Hollywood.
Federico Arturo Guízar Tolentino
April 8, 1908
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
|Died||December 24, 1999 (aged 91)|
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carmen Noriega (1932–1990) (her death)|
In a career that spanned over seven decades, Guízar trained early as an opera singer and traveled to New York City in 1929 to record the songs of Agustín Lara.
In addition, Guízar performed both operatic and Mexican popular songs at Carnegie Hall, but he succeeded with his arrangements of popular Mexican and Spanish melodies such as Cielito Lindo, La Cucaracha (The Cockroach), Granada, and You Belong to My Heart (English version of Solamente una Vez). In 1936, his song "Allá en el Rancho Grande" ("There on the Big Ranch") launched the singing charro in Mexico after appearing in the film of the same name, succeeding as well in the United States.
Guízar made numerous television appearances, toured in most of Latin American countries, recorded a significant number of songs, and had his own radio show in Los Angeles, Tito Guízar y su Guitarra (Tito Guízar and his Guitar).
He also appeared in dozens of films, including The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938), Tropic Holiday (1938), St. Louis Blues (1939), The Llano Kid (1939), Brazil (1944), and The Gay Ranchero (1948), playing with such stars as Evelyn Keyes, Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Ann Miller, Martha Raye, Roy Rogers, Mae West and Keenan Wynn. In the 1990s, he continued playing series parts in Mexican television.
Guízar died from natural causes in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 91.
- Under the Pampas Moon (1935) - Café Singer
- Allá en el Rancho Grande (There on the Big Ranch) (1936) - José Francisco Ruelas
- Amapola del camino (1937) - Antonio Rosales
- The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) - Specialty
- Tropic Holiday (1938) - Ramón
- Mis Dos Amores (My Two Loves) (1938) - Julio Bertolin
- El trovador de la radio (1938) - Mario del Valle
- St. Louis Blues (1939) - Rafael San Ramos
- Bachelor Father (1939) - Carlos del Rio
- The Llano Kid (1939) - Enrique Ibarra aka The Llano Kid
- El rancho del pinar (1939) - Alberto Galindo
- Allá en el Trópico (Back in the Tropics) (1940) - José Juan García
- De México llegó el amor (1940) - Tito
- Blondie Goes Latin (1941) - Manuel Rodríguez
- Beautiful Michoacán (1943) - Ernesto
- Amores de ayer (1944) - Tito
- Brazil (1944) - Miguel Soares
- Adiós, Mariquita linda (1944)
- Marina (1945) - Jorge
- 'Como México no hay dos'! (1945)
- Mexicana (1945) - 'Pepe' Villarreal
- The Thrill of Brazil (1946) - Himself
- On the Old Spanish Trail (1947) - Rico - aka The Gypsy
- The Gay Ranchero (1948) - Nicci Lopez
- El Gallero (1948) - Gabriel
- En los Altos de Jalisco (In the Highlands of Jalisco) (1948) - Juan Chávez
- Ahí viene Vidal Tenorio (1949)
- De Tequila, su mezcal (1950) - Tito
- Sindicato de telemirones (1954) - Luis Manrique
- De ranchero a empresario (1954) - Tito
- El plagiario (1955)
- The Sin of Being a Woman (1955) - Javier Morales
- Los hijos de Rancho Grande (1956) - José Francisco
- Locura musical (1958) - Himself
- Music and Money (1958)
- Música en la noche (1958)
- The Time and the Touch (1962) - Max
- Allá en el rancho de las flores (1983)
- Reclusorio (1997) - Tito Iriarte (segment "Eutanasia o asesinato")
- La Usurpadora (1998) - Don Panchito
- Tito Guízar at IMDb
- on YouTube
- Tito Guizar singing with the actress Alma Rosa Aguirre in the film El Pecado de Ser Mujer (The Sin of Being a Woman) on archive.org (in Spanish)
- Tito Guizar singing with orchestra on record albums archived on archive.org
- Portrait of Tito Guízar and his family, wife Carmen and daughter Nina, Los Angeles, 1935. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive (Collection 1429). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Tito Guizar recordings at the Discography of American Historical Recordings.