An undeniable idol of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Jorge Negrete made a place for himself on the screens and in the hearts of Mexico and Latin America thanks to his tenor voice, his unmistakable mustache, and his mischievous and conquering gaze.
Jorge Negrete died on December 5, 1953, in California, United States, at the age of 42, leaving as his legacy more than 44 films, 10 recorded albums, and the public's consideration as one of the most important Mexican singers. Here are 5 facts you almost certainly didn't know about Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno, the "Charro Singer".
Military and medical student
The son of a military man, he entered the Military College at the age of 14 and, at 18, graduated with the best grades and the rank of Lieutenant. He participated in the battle of Jiménez, Coahuila and for a time worked at the Ciudadela Arms Factory, where he briefly studied medicine. In 1931 he requested a leave of absence from the Army to dedicate himself fully to his career as a singer.
He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox
His brother, David, acted as his manager, and on one occasion he got Jorge Negrete a contract with a production company to film Spanish-language movies in Hollywood. However, the project was not carried out due to the boycott against Latino actors in those years.
Jorge Negrete could not stand Maria Felix
And then he married her. Because that's what love is like. They filmed together "El peñón de las ánimas" and the enmity grew because Negrete wanted his girlfriend at the time, Gloria Marín, as a co-star. The role went to "La Doña", who could not stand Negrete's gallantry. They married 10 years later, on October 18, 1952, and it was the third marriage for each of them.
5 minutes of silence at all movie screenings
In the days before his death, newsreels were broadcast in the cinema giving information about his condition. When he passed away, national mourning was declared and all movie theaters observed 5 minutes of silence, as a sign of mourning and respect.
No, he did not hate Pedro Infante
Much was said about their rivalry, but the truth is that there was nothing more than admiration, respect, and high esteem between them. Shortly before his death, Infante visited Negrete in the hospital and even brought him a gift: a toy train. Pedro Infante's death, of course, affected him as much as it did María Félix herself and other close friends.