|Cepillín Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||February 7, 1946|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Cepillín was a Mexican clown, singer, TV host, and actor who had become a cult figure across Latin America for his performances as a clown in long-running TV shows and circus rings. He would often combine physical comedy with songs, dances, and ventriloquism and was a big hit with children for whom he had recorded numerous popular songs and albums. He was particularly loved for his rendition of the traditional Mexican birthday song – Las Mañanitas.
Ricardo González Gutiérrez
Cepillín was born on February 7, 1946.
He died on March 8, 2021, due to complications arising out of a surgery conducted to treat spinal cancer, in Naucalpan de Juárez, State of Mexico, Mexico. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Cepillín, after his high school graduation, had enrolled in the dentistry program at The Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León).
Clown, Singer, TV Host, Actor
- Father – Rubén González Flores (Radio Presenter, Hardware Store Manager)
- Mother – Rebeca Gutiérrez de González
- Siblings – Rubén González Gutiérrez (Brother), Jesús González Gutiérrez (Brother), Teresa González Gutiérrez (Sister), Rebeca González Gutiérrez (Sister), Ana González Gutiérrez (Sister), Gilberto González Gutiérrez (Brother)
6 ft or 183 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Cepillín had dated –
- María Aydé Guajardo (1976-2021) – Cepillín had married María Aydé Guajardo in 1976 and the couple was together until his death in 2021. They had 2 sons together named Ricardo González Jr. aka ‘Cepi’ and Roberto González aka ‘Franky’ and a daughter named Aydé González Guajardo. By the time of his death, Cepillín had 4 grandchildren.
Race / Ethnicity
He was of Mexican descent.
- Neck-length, wavy hair
- Clean-shaven look
- Affable smile
- Often made his public appearances in a cap, his nose painted red, the area around his lips painted white, and the rest of the lower half of his face painted black to resemble a beard
- While Cepillín was studying at The Autonomous University of Nuevo León, he had joined a TV campaign to promote dental hygiene among children. It was there that he had come up with the idea of painting his face like a clown so that children would not be afraid of the dentist’s chair.
- He became famous when a local TV channel interviewed him about this incident. Encouraged by the positive reaction, he continued using the persona in his dentistry career. He took up the name ‘Cepillín’ which means ‘Little (tooth)Brush’ in Spanish.
- In 1977, he was given his own TV show called El Show de Cepillín which was broadcast in more than 18 countries and became highly popular in most of them, particularly in Mexico, Chile, and Puerto Rico.
- Cepillín had recorded 27 long play albums of children’s songs, 11 of which had achieved ‘Gold’ certification. These albums sold more than 25 million copies globally.
- Between 1982 to 2006, he used to regularly tour Mexico and the United States with a circus that bore his name.
- In 2017, he was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Latin Children’s Album’. The album, titled Gracias, eventually turned out to be his last.
Featured Image by Cepillín / Instagram