Adalberto Martinez, a zany song-and-dance man who starred in more than 100 films and TV shows over nearly seven decades, died April 4 in Mexico City. He was 87.
Martinez died at Mexico City’s Santa Helena hospital, his wife Josefina Flores said. He had been hospitalized for more than a month with a pulmonary infection.
Nicknamed “Resortes” or “Springy” for being light on his feet, Martinez was a tap dancer and off-color crooner known for an unpredictable mix of physical comedy and stinging wit.
Mexico City native got his start when he convinced a director at the historic Hidalgo theater to give him an audition. His host of wacky facial expressions and comedic voices made him a radio personality and helped him become one of early the pillars of Mexican cinema. He appeared in more than 100 Mexican films and TV series from 1947 until 2000. His early hits included 1952’s “El Beisbolista Fenomeno” (The Phenomenal Baseball Player) and 1972’s “Los Albaniles” (The Bricklayers).
He remained a Mexico City personality into his 80s, incorporating the prescription bifocals he wore later in life into his look.
Martinez married three times and had a son with his second wife, actress Gloria Rios.