Argentine comedy actor Jorge Porcel de Peralta died Tuesday, May 16 after gallbladder surgery in Miami, where he ran a restaurant since the 1990s and was receiving treatment for Parkinson’s disease. He was 69.
Known as “El Gordo” (The Fat Guy), Porcel began in radio before moving into film and TV in the 1960s with performances in adult comedies like “El Gordo Villanueva” (Fat Guy Villanueva), “Villa Carino” (Love Villa) and “Desnuda en la arena” (Nude in the Sand).
A Buenos Aires native, he formed a famed duo with Alberto “El Flaco” (The Thin Guy) Olmedo (1933-1988) in film, theater and TV, using biting humor that was full of sexual references and exploited the stereotypical womanizer of Buenos Aires.
His TV programs like “Las gatitas and los ratones de Porcel” (Porcel’s Cats and Rats) and “A la cama con Porcel” (To Bed with Porcel) were hits with Argentine viewers.
He acted in more 48 films, including a performance as Saso, a nightclub owner in Brian De Palma’s “Carlito’s Way” (1993).
He is survived by his wife and two children.