Clavillazo

(Antonio Espino Mora)
(1910-1993)
   One of the most popular screen comedians of the latter half of the 1950s, Antonio Espino had struggled for many years before achieving fame. Born in Puebla, as a teenager Espino decided he wanted to be an actor. He began appearing on the stage in Mexico City in the mid-1930s, using nicknames like "El Chumiate," "Clavos," and "Clavillo," before finally settling on "Clavillazo." By the 1940s, he was a popular stage comedian who even owned his own "carpa" theatre; his film career began in earnest in the early '50s. During the latter half of the decade, Clavillazo starred in a significant number of films, and was also the host of a hit TV show. In most of his pictures he wore his stage costume - a baggy coat and an odd, pointed cap - and was known for his exaggerated hand gestures and a number of catch phrases, including "No más," and "la cosa está calmada." His film career declined precipitously in the '60s; in the '80s he made several appearances in semi-dramatic roles in films like En las garras de la ciudad. He suffered a stroke in 1987, and in 1993 had a series of heart attacks, which culminated with his death in November of that year. Clavillazo was married to Noemí Barreiro from the mid-1940s until his death.
   Other Espinos who appeared in Mexican cinema and may have been relatives of Clavillazo include Edmundo Espino and Fidel Angel Espino.

Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers. . 2012.

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