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One of the greatest fighters and superheroes of Mexican cinema is undoubtedly “The Saint“, who was born on September 23, 1917 in Tulancingo, Hidalgo, and inherited his name to one of his sons, who charges a fortune per presentation.
In the words of the writer Carlos Monsiváis, “El enmascarado de plata” was “the rite of poverty, of the quarrelsome consolations within the great despair that is life, the exact mixture of classic tragedy, circus, Olympic sport, comedy, theater of variety and job catharsis”.
as a fighter, Rodolfo Guzman Huerta -first name of the famous-, fought professionally from 1942 to 1982, a period in which he was never unmasked.
Huerta used several nicknames before “The Saint“, such as: Rudy Guzmán, The Red Man, The Masked Man, The Incognito, The Black Demon, The Masked Bat II, the latter inspired by another famous fighter of his time, who later claimed the name, so he could not use it plus.
Jesús Lomelí, one of his first coaches, was the one who gave him the name by which he is remembered to this day. According to the Cultural Information System (SIC) Mexico, the man suggested three nicknames: El Santo, El Diablo, or El Ángel, and Rodolfo Guzmán chose the first.
While since the 1950s he became a popular hero and symbol of justice, since his character transcended the field of wrestling to comics and cinema.
In 1952, he became a hero of the weekly comic strip “Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata, An Atomic Adventure!” edited by José G. Cruz and which sold thousands of copies. And in 1958 he came to the big screen, in which he starred in 52 films, in which he faced different enemies such as werewolves, vampire women and aliens.
The wrestler’s films were box office successes not only in Mexico, but in much of Latin America, Europe, and some places further afield such as Lebanon and Turkey.
Who are the children of El Santo?
“The silver masked man” had as many successes in his career as a fighter and actor, as children. In the early 1940s, he married María de los Ángeles Rodríguez Montaño, known as Maruca, with whom he had 10 descendants.
“The Saint” and his wife Maruca gave life to Alejandro, María de los Ángeles, Héctor Rodolfo, Blanca Lilia, Víctor Manuel, Miguel Ángel, Silvia Yolanda, María de Lourdes, Mercedes and Jorge Guzmán Rodríguez, El Hijo del Santo, who followed in the footsteps of his father in wrestling.
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