• Francisco Xavier Lopez Rodriguez, better known as Chabelo, is a Mexican actor and television host.
• He is best known for his show “En Familia con Chabelo” which aired from 1968-201•
• Chabelo is also a musician, having released over 30 albums.
• He is an avid sportsman and enjoys playing basketball, table tennis and golf.
• As of March 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $4 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseTeresita Miranda
MarkHe has played the character, Chabelo, a kid dressed in shorts, for over 30 years. He has the longest running TV show in Mexican TV (since 1968). He is also known as "El amigo de todos los niños" (All the children's friend). Invented the word Katafixia (trade).
FactInvented "Mautro", an alien language with actors German Valdés "Tin Tan", and Manuel "el Loco" Valdés. Katafixia is a Mautro word.

Who is Chabelo and where is he today? Is he dead? Wiki Bio

Francisco Xavier Lopez Rodriguez was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, on 17 February 1935, so his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he holds Mexican nationality. He is a TV host and an actor, best known for hosting the TV show “En Familia con Chabelo” which could have been watched on Canal de las Estrellas.

There have been some rumors circulating the internet that the popular actor died in 2019, but these have since been proven false – Chabelo is alive and well living peacefully with his family.

Posted by Chabelo on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Early life and education

Chabelo grew up with two sisters in Guanajuato, where they were raised by their parents who were both working at a local factory. He was interested in singing and learning how to play a variety of instruments during the time he spent at high school, while he was also practicing his comedy hoping to become a stand-up comedian one day. However, he was mostly focused on wrestling and was supposed to represent Mexico in 1952 at the Olympic Games held in Helsinki, Finland but couldn’t find the sponsors to pay for his ‘plane ticket.

Upon matriculation, Chabelo unexpectedly launched his acting career, and didn’t immediately enroll at college, but after gathering enough money, he began studying medicine, although it’s unknown whether or not he obtained his degree.

Career as an actor

Chabelo met two actors Panseco and Gamboa not long after he finished high school – the two actors were already somewhat popular in Mexico, as Panseco was working on the radio and Gamboa was appearing in TV shows. They taught Chabelo all there is to know about the film and TV industry, which led to Chabelo becoming Pepsi Cola’s spokesman in Mexico, and then made it possible for him to travel all around South and North America.

After he was finished with Pepsi Cola, it was hard for him to find a job, as nobody was paying as much as Pepsi, and he eventually began appearing in a show in New York City for a small portion of what he would normally receive from Pepsi Cola. He made appearances in movies “Trip to the Moon”, “Panchito”, and “El Aviso Inoportuno” in 1958, 1962, and 1969, respectively.

On 30 December 1968, Chabelo launched the show “En Familia con Chabelo” – “In Family with Chabelo” – which became the most popular children’s show in Latin America.

Chabelo created the show for children to work with their parents, and play games and compete at several types of funny contests, while he served as the host of the game and acted as if he himself was a little boy called Chabelo. The show was inducted into the Guinness Records book on 30 December 2012, when it reached 44 years of broadcasting on Sunday mornings without a single break. Three years later on 20 December 2015, “In Family with Chabelo” aired its final episode.

Chabelo is considered a celebrity in Mexico, and has guest starred in over thirty movies and TV series, while he has also produced many shows, including “Los Simuladores” and “La Escuelita VIP” among others.


He is also a musician having released over 30 albums, while many singers including Daniela Romo and Celia Cruz have written songs about Chabelo which are featured on the album “Los Cuates de Chabelo” released in 1999.

Love life and girlfriend

Chabelo was friends with Teresita Miranda years before they married on 31 December 1969, possibly having known each other since high school. They wed in a rather modest ceremony attended by their close friends and family, and his wife gave birth to their first son Oscar in 1970 who was followed by their second son Javier in 1972. Their third son Juan Gabriel was born in 1976, and now Teresita and Chabelo have four grandchildren.

Teresita Miranda has also ventured in the film industry, and has been working as a second unit director and assistant director for years now – some of the movies she has worked on include “Perdeu-se um Marido” and “Dois Dias no Paraiso” released in 1957 and “O Homem do Dia” released in 1958. It is believed that she has helped Chabelo with many ideas which he later used in his show “In Family with Chabelo”.

Hobbies and other interests

Chabelo started learning how to play the drums at the age of 14, and started singing around the same time, writing his first songs at the age of 17.

He knows how to play the guitar and the piano, while he is also good at sports such as basketball, table tennis and golf, which he plays most often. To honor his contribution to comedy, a comic book in which he is the star has been published, while action figures of him have also been made, which can be bought in Mexico. Chabelo is interested in languages, and has invented his own called Mautro together with his friends Manuel ‘El Loco’ Valdes and German Valdes ‘Tin Tan’ – the most popular word from his language is ‘Katafixia’ which means ‘trade’.

Chabelo enjoys watching comedy movies and shows the most, and some of his favorite actors are Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Leslie Nielsen, while some of his favorite movies include the franchise “The Naked Gun”, “Good Morning, Vietnam”, and “Dead Poets Society”. His favorite book is “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.

He likes to travel, and has been all around the US while he has also been to Europe and Asia on several occasions. His favorite cuisine is Mexican while

Appearance and net worth

Chabelo is 85 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 3ins (1.92m) tall, and weighs around 178lbs (81kgs). As of March 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $4 million.

General Info

Full NameChabelo
Height1.92 m
ProfessionActor, Writer, Producer, Television presenter


SpouseTeresita Miranda
ParentsEulalia Rodríguez, José Luis López Barba


AwardsTVyNovelas Awards: A Life on Television Award
MoviesVolando bajo, The Popcorn Chronicles, Cartas a Elena, Chabelo y Pepito detectives, Chabelo and Pepito vs. The Monsters, Pepito y la lámpara maravillosa, Escuela para solteras
TV ShowsEn familia con Chabelo

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#Marks / Signs
1He has played the character, Chabelo, a kid dressed in shorts, for over 30 years. He has the longest running TV show in Mexican TV (since 1968). He is also known as "El amigo de todos los niños" (All the children's friend). Invented the word Katafixia (trade).


1Has returned to theaters acting in Ricardo Taeznik's La Fiaca [February 2003]
2México, DF: Acting in the movie VOLANDO BAJO, directed by Beto Gómez, from an original screenplay by Gómez and Francisco Payó González. [January 2013]
3Supports América.
4Invented "Mautro", an alien language with actors German Valdés "Tin Tan", and Manuel "el Loco" Valdés. Katafixia is a Mautro word.
5Has 4 grandchildren.
6Has had his own comic book and action figures.
7"Zapatos Chabelo" is a shoe brand named in his honor.
8Was the official image of Pepsi Cola, along with actor Ramiro Gamboa, in Latinamerica during the 1950s.
9Practices golf.
10Plays the drums.
11Was going to represent Mexico in Wrestling for the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland; but never got a sponsor to pay for the trip.
12Studied medicine.



Volando Bajo2014Bruno Sánchez Félix
The Popcorn Chronicles2014Chabelo
Cartas a Elena2011Don Jacinto
100 mexicanos dijieron2009TV SeriesChabelo
Los simuladores2009TV SeriesProfesor Mariategui
Desfile Teleton2008TV MovieChabelo
Aún hay más... Homenaje a Raúl Velasco2006TV MovieChabelo
Nuestras mejores canciones2006TV Series 2006
¡Qué madre, tan padre!2006TV SeriesChabelo
Réquiem para Diana2006ShortDon Rubén
Bajo el mismo techo2005TV SeriesDon Javier
Club eutanasia2005Mauro (as Xavier 'Chabelo' Lopez)
La energía de Sonric'slandia2005TV SeriesChabelo
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones2005TV SeriesChabelo
La escuelita VIP2004TV SeriesChabelo
Teletón2002TV SeriesChabelo
Navidad sin fin2001TV Mini-SeriesPadre Miguel (as Xavier López 'Chabelo')
Carita de ángel2000TV Series
Cuento de Navidad1999TV Mini-SeriesSpirit of Christmas Present
La cuchufleta1995TV Series
La Chilindrina en Apuros1994Chabelo
La tumba de Matías1988
Mi fantasma y yo1988as Xavier López
Dos machos que ládran no muerden1988
Agente 0013: Hermelinda linda II1986'Bewitched' Abdul Abdulá (as Xavier López 'Chabelo')
Los pepenadores de aca1985Ciriaco
Macho que ladra no muerde1984as Javier López 'Chabelo'
La carabina de Ambrosio1978TV SeriesGuillo
Chabelo y Pepito detectives1974Chabelo
Chabelo y Pepito contra los monstruos1973Chabelo (as Javier López 'Chabelo')
Pepito y la lámpara maravillosa1972Chabelo (as Javier López 'Chabelo')
La criada bien criada1972Bebito (as Javier López 'Chabelo')
Bang bang al hoyo1971as Javier Lopez 'Chavelo'
El aviso inoportuno1969Hijo del sastre (as Javier López 'Chabelo')
La princesa hippie1969Embassador of San Marciano (as Javier López Rodríguez 'Chabelo')
Do-Re-Mi de costa a costa1969TV Series
En familia con Chabelo1968TV Series
Autopsia de un fantasma1968Chabelo (as Chabelo)
I Spy1968TV SeriesJanos
Los dos rivales1966Javier Gobardilla (as Javier López 'Chabelo')
Los reyes del volante1965as Javier López 'Chabelo'
Escuela para solteras1965Fotógrafo
¡Buenas noches, año nuevo!1964Bailarín
El extra1962Panchito (as Javier Lopez Rodriguez 'Chabelo')
Trip to the Moon1958Babyface
Nueva Chistelandia1958
Vuelve Chistelandia1958


La Güereja y algo más1998TV Series producer
La cuchufleta1995TV Series producer
En familia con Chabelo1968TV Series executive producer / producer


En familia con Chabelo1968TV Series writer


Teletón XIV2010TV SpecialChabelo (as Javier López 'Chabelo')
Teletón XIII2009TV SpecialChabelo
Teletón XII2008TV SpecialChabelo
Teletón XI2007TV SpecialChabelo
Fábrica de risas2007TV SeriesHimself
Premios TV y novelas 20072007TV MovieHimself
Teletón X2006TV SpecialChabelo
Momentos para no olvidar: 55 años de la TV en México2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Los perplejos2005TV SeriesHimself
Otro rollo... Historia en diez2005TV MovieHimself
La escuelita en noche buena2004TV MovieHimself
No manches2004TV SeriesHimself
Don Francisco presenta2003TV SeriesHimself
Teletón V2001TV SpecialChabelo
Teletón2000TV SpecialChabelo
No contaban con mi astucia2000TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

La escuelita VIP2004TV SeriesChabelo


Won Awards

2005Legend AwardMTV Movie Awards, Mexico
2003Special Silver GoddessMexican Cinema Journalists

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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