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GUIZAR TOLENTINO, FEDERICO ARTURO [TITO]

GUIZAR TOLENTINO, FEDERICO ARTURO [TITO] (1908–1999). Singer and actor Federico Arturo (Tito) Guizar Tolentino was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on April 8, 1908. He immigrated to the United States in 1929 with his father and mother, José Guizar and Adele Tolentino. By the age of sixteen he had demonstrated a strong interest in music. In the 1920s he moved to New York and performed regularly in private clubs. He later became host of a bilingual CBS radio show, "Tito Guizar and his Guitar." In New York he married Mexican singer Carmen Nanette Noriega on August 5, 1931.

Around 1935 Guizar became one of the first Mexican actors to appear in Hollywood movies. In 1936 he returned to Mexico to play the lead in a movie entitled Allá en el Rancho Grande, which helped establish both his singing and acting careers. Back in Hollywood he appeared in such movies as The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938), On the Old Spanish Trail (1947), Blondie Goes Latin (1941), Brazil (1944), The Gay Ranchero (1948), and Time and Touch (1962). After his relatively brief American movie career Guizar remained active in radio, TV, and records well into the 1980s. In all, he appeared in more than forty Mexican films and fourteen American ones. His career, which included performing and composing music for film, theater, and television, spanned nearly seventy years.

His wife died in 1990. Guizar died of respiratory failure on December 24, 1999, in San Antonio. He was survived by three children, Nina, Lillya, and Tito Jr.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Ramiro Burr, "Charro singer Tito Guizar was a star," Artist Biographies (http://www.fiestaweb.org/Biographies/Tito,cfm), accessed April 2, 2008. Fuller Up: The Dead Musician Directory (http://elvispelvis.com/titoguizar.htm), accessed April 2, 2008. Who's Who (New York: Macmillan, 2001).

Jesse J. Esparza

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Jesse J. Esparza, "GUIZAR TOLENTINO, FEDERICO ARTURO [TITO]," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgu29), accessed October 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on October 8, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.