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Jose Miguel Agrelot

(Guisseppe Michel Agrelot was born  in April 21, 1927 and died at home in San Juan Puerto Rico  in January 28, 2004. )

A Puerto Rico radio show host, television show host and comedian who was better known as José Miguel Agrelot. His grandmother was Italian, and his parents gave him an Italian name to honor her.

Agrelot started working on radio stations when he was 14. At that time, he was employed by don Tomas Muniz, who was the father of Tommy Muniz. That was the period when he started playing his now classic character of Torito. Agrelot worked on a show named El Colegio de la Alegria (The College of Happiness). Soon after, he moved himself and his Torito character to rival radio station WKAQ-Fm, where he starred alongside Luis Vigoreaux in a show named Torito & Company.

Agrelot's show with Vigoreaux had wild success, and they toured most United States cities with a large Latin American population, bringing their show to theaters all over the states. Torito returned to El Colegio de la Alegria when that show made its transition to television.

Agrelot has also acted in shows in Spain, Mexico and Argentina. He has done extended tours of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Apart from interventions in a few commercials, Agrelot's credits in Puerto Rican tv include:

  • El Colegio de La Alegria
  • El Profesor Colgate
  • La Criada Malcriada (The Nasty Maid)
  • El Especial de Corona (The Corona Special)
  • Desafiando a Los Genios (Challenging The Geniuses)
  • Haciendo Historia (Making History)
  • El Show Del Mediodia (The Midday show, as Don Cholito, another legendary character of his)
  • Parece Increible (It Seems Incredible)
  • Ja ja, Ji ji, Jo jo Con Agrelot

    Agrelot has an area of the theme park Parque De Las Ciencias in Bayamon named after his Torito character. La Ciudad de Torito, or Torito's City was inaugurated in 1988. In 2003, his radio show, Su Alegre Despertar, broke the world's record for the longest run non stop radio show in history, reaching it's 53rd year to run non-stop and making Agrelot the second person from Puerto Rico, after Wilfredo Benitez, to join the Guinness Book of World Records.
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    Uno de los artistas puertorriqueños más admirados y queridos por el pueblo de Puerto Rico que cruzó todas las barreras generacionales.

    El 31 de enero de 2003 se informó que el programa radial matutino ‘‘Su alegre despertar’’, que condujo desde hace 55 años, fue incluido en la edición de ese año del ‘‘Guinness World Record’’.Agrelot, también conocido como ‘‘Don Cholito’’, fue incluido en el libro de Guinness en la categoría de programa de radio diario conducido por la misma persona.‘‘Su alegre despertar’’, que se transmite por una radioemisora en Bayamón (1600 AM), se originó en la década del cuarenta y desde entonces mantiene su formato y ambiente original. Giusseppe Michel, nombre original de Agrelot en honor a su abuela italiana, nació el 21 de abril de 1927.

    Agrelot comenzó a trabajar en programas radiales cuando tenía 14 años. Entonces, fue empleado por Tomás Muñiz, padre del también comediante Tommy Muñiz. Fue en su adolescencia que comenzó a interpretar su personaje clásico de ‘‘Torito’’. Se destacó en el programa ‘‘El colegio de la alegría’’, ‘‘El profesor Colgate’’, ‘‘La criada malcriada’’, ‘‘Desafiando a los genios’’, ‘‘Parece increíble’’, ‘‘Ja ja, ji ji, jo jo con Agrelot’’. Obtuvo un bachillerato en Artes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

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    Included in:

    Guinness World Book of Records

  • BORICUAS HALL OF FAME HOME PAGE

    Included in: Nation Masters Ecyclopedia : About Famous Puerto Ricans

    Included in: Science Daily Ecyclopedia: Famous Puerto Ricans

     

                      Thursday July 08, 2004