Submitted by ub on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 15:22

Many Cubans, including yours truly were saddened to learn about the recent death of the Latino humorist Guillermo Álvarez Guedes. Most recently the Cuban born broadcaster lived and passed away in Miami. Although the news was not spread by the official means, his many followers mourned the bad news almost immediately.

The late actor was a friend and he accompanied me to a Telemundo function at SOB, when I was news director in New York City many years ago. While enjoying many laughter filled hours with him before, during and after this seasonal function, I observed first hand how many admirers the GAG maestro had all over the Spanish speaking world.

He could have been as popular as Andy Rooney doing his regular TV commentary on the news.
This superstar comedian had numerous qualities, among them and perhaps of the most prominent, was his Cubanía on funny terms used by many Cubanos.

Guillermo Álvarez Guedes (June 8, 1927 – July 30, 2013) was a legendary Cuban comedian, actor, writer & businessman.He was better known across Latin America as Álvarez Guedes.

He was born in Matanzas, Cuba and began his career in the 1940s on Cuban radio, and later on television.

In 1960, he was exiled, first to New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before settling in Miami, Florida. He and his brother Rafael Álvarez Guedes helped create Gema Records, the first company to help launch the international careers of "El Gran Combo", a Puerto Rican Salsa music group.