Argentine actor, comedian and impersonator Alberto Locatti died Dec. 12 of a heart attack in Buenos Aires. He was 71.
He starred in films like “La Chacota”, “El Mago de las finanzas” y “Cristobal Colon en la Facultad de Medicina” in the 1960s, following performances in hit TV comedy programs like “El show de IKA” of the late 1950s with Carlos Bala and Jorge Marchesini. He stood out for his impersonation abilities.
Locatti, however, hit the headlines in 1980 when after an argument he threw his wife, the showgirl Eva “Cielito” Olguin, off the balcony of their second-floor apartment in the coastal city of Mar del Plata. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
This and further run-ins with the law brought a halt to his career, except for appearances related to the balcony incident like when gossip program “Rumores” on Canal 9 brought Locatti and Olguin together 20 years later.
— Charles Newbery