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Germán Genaro Cipriano Gómez Valdés de Castillo (19 September 1915 – 29 June 1973), better known as Tin-Tan, was an actor, singer and comedian who was born in Mexico City but was raised and began his career in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. He often displayed the pachuco dress and employed pachuco slang in many of his movies, some with his brothers Manuel “El Loco” Valdés and Ramón Valdés. He made the language of the Mexican American pachucos famous in Mexico. A “caló” based in Spanglish, it was a mixture of Spanish and English in speech based on that of Mexican immigrants.

He usually acted alongside his “carnal” (blood brother), Marcelo Chávez, who also accompanied Tin-Tan with a guitar. He was a prominent figure during his golden years of movie making, from 1949 onward. His 1948 movie, Calabacitas tiernas, a comedy, was chosen as one of the best in Mexican cinema

Tin Tan dancing with singer and actress Flor Silvestre, his co-star in ¡Paso a la juventud..! and Escuela de verano


He has the record of having kissed the most actresses in his career, some of them the beauties of their day. Some of his co-stars were Marga López, Rosita Quintana, Silvia Pinal, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ana Bertha Lepe, Maria Antonieta Pons, Tongolele and many more. He also collaborated closely with actress and comedian Fannie Kauffman, who was also known as Vitola, during their careers.

He was also one of several people who were originally intended to be on the front cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but denied the invitation.[citation needed] He requested that Ringo swap him for a Mexican Tree known as “El Arbol de la Vida”, the Tree of Life, and he did.

He was the voice of Baloo the bear and Thomas O'Malley the cat in the Mexican Spanish dubbing of the Disney films The Jungle Book and The Aristocats; both roles were originally voiced by Phil Harris.

Tin-Tan was the subject of the 2005 documentary, Ni Muy Muy… Ni Tan Tan… Simplemente Tin Tán, by Manuel Márquez and Carlos Valdés, son of the comedian.

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Señor Juez, Rosa Montejo (María Antonieta Pons en Teatro del Crimen)