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CHICO ANYSIO

Chico Anysio, son of Francisco Anysio de Oliveira Paula Filho, is born in the city of Maranguape, in the state of Ceará in north-eastern Brazil. Gifted in mimicry from an early age, even as a child Chico Anysio made himself noticed in numerous audience-participation shows, in which he was always one of the finalists.

Becomes broadcaster and actor on Rio de Janeiro’s Rádio Guanabara. Soon afterwards, he also starts to write original material for radio and to perform as comedian and sports commentator.

Joins Rio’s Rádio Mayrink Veiga, where he writes, directs and acts in several weekly programmes.

1957 – joins the emerging world of television, working for TV Rio, where he makes comedy programmes.

Launches his TV-show Chico Total.

Launches the TV Globo show, Escolinha do Professor Raimundo.

Marries for the fifth time, to Brazil’s former Economy Minister, Zélia Cardoso de Melo.