Francisco Gattorno
Francisco Alejandro Gattorno Sánchez (born October 12, 1964), better known in the show business world plainly as Francisco Gattorno, is a Cuba
The Republic of Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country's capital. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city...

n actor. He owns property in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida.


Francisco grew up in Santa Clara
Santa Clara, Cuba
Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is located in the most central region of the province and almost in the most central region of the country.- History :Santa Clara was founded by 175 people on July 15th, 1689...

. He is a son of a Canarian father, and mother whose grandparents descended from the French colonial population of Saint Domingue. He became interested in acting and directing as a young man. As a child, Gattorno became very fond of Cuban customs, such as Cuban music and sports. It was acting and directing, however, that occupied his interests more. Because of that, Gattorno studied acting, both at home in Cuba and in Mexico. He earned Mexican citizenship during the early 2000s.

In 1985, 21 year old Gattorno made his film debut, participating as Miguel in a Cuban production Una Novia para David ("A Girlfriend for David").

Three years passed, before Gattorno got his next job in this media, in El Verano de la Señora Forbes ("The Summer of Miss Forbes"). El Verano de la Señora Forbes gave Gattorno his first exposition in Mexico and was also seen in the Netherlands. In 1989 he played a small role in 1989's Papeles Secundarios ("Secondary Roles").

His next job took him to Spain
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, as he participated in the 1992 Cuban-Spaniard production Me Alquilo Para Soñar.

In 1993, Gattorno proceeded to work on another Cuban film, Sueño Tropical. Gattorno was by then a well known actor in Cuba. His salaries, however, were comparatively small compared to those of well known actors in other Latin American countries.

Gattorno travelled to Chile
Chile ,officially the Republic of Chile , is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far...

 before 1993 was over, to participate in filmmaker Paola Castillo's short production, Los Perros Tambien Tienen Hambre. Los Perros Tambien Tienen Hambre runs for an approximate total of four minutes.

1994 was a breakthrough year for Gattorno: he moved to Mexico, participating in the well known film Fresa y Chocolate ("Strawberry and Chocolate"), a film about a homosexual who falls in love with a communist man. Gattorno played Miguel in Fresa y Chocolate.

Having established himself in Mexico, Gattorno debuted on Televisa
Televisa is a Mexican multimedia conglomerate, the largest mass media company in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract...

's telenovelas in 1995, acting as Josè Maria in La Dueña
La Dueña
La Dueña was a Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and seen on Venezuela's Venezolana de Televisión. The original idea for this telenovela was by José Ignacio Cabrujas and Julio Cesar Mármol...

. In La Dueña, Gattorno acted alongside well-known Mexican actors such as Angélica Rivera
Angélica Rivera
Angélica Rivera Hurtado is a Mexican telenovela actress, wife of Enrique Peña Nieto.-Early life:Rivera was born to a family of six brothers. One day she found out that actress Verónica Castro was filming a video in the street and she decided to snoop around...

, Salvador Sánchez and Eduardo Santamarina
Eduardo Santamarina
Eduardo Santamarina is a Mexican film, theater, and television actor.- Acting career :Santamarina took acting classes at the Centro de Educación Artística in Mexico City from 1989–1991. He made his acting debut in 1992 on the set of the telenovela De Frente al Sol, produced by Carla Estrada...

, among others. He also met his future wife, Cynthia Klitbo
Cynthia Klitbo
Cynthia Klitbo is a Mexican actress of telenovelas, theater and Mexican cinema.- Biography :Cynthia Klitbo was born in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico, the 11 of March, 1967 to a Danish father and a Mexican Mother. She has previously been married to actors Jorge Antolín and Francisco Gattorno...

, at the time, a budding star herself.

In 1996, Gattorno acted alongside another list of well known actors, including Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica , officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east....

n Maribel Guardia
Maribel Guardia
Maribel del Rocío Fernández García is a Costa Rican actress, who works in Mexico, and currently lives and resides in Miami, Florida.-Miss Universe and Miss World:...

 and Mexicans Joan Sebastian
Joan Sebastian
Joan Sebastian is a popular Mexican singer and songwriter. He has composed hundreds of songs and been a regular staple on the top-40 charts in Mexico since his career began in 1977. His music is a mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music...

 (Guardia's longtime husband), Olga Breeskin
Olga Breeskin
Olga Breeskin is a Mexican violinist, dancer, actress and vedette. She is the daughter of the late Russian violinist and conductor Elias Breeskin.-Early life:...

, Sebastian Ligarde
Sebastián Ligarde
Sebastián Ligarde is an award-winning Mexican-American actor best known for his work in telenovelas and the big screen...

, Claudio Báez, Itatí Cantoral
Itatí Cantoral
Itatí Cantoral, is a Mexican actress.-Early life and education:Cantoral is the daughter of Mexican composer and songwriter, Roberto Cantoral, and Argentine actress of Italian descent, Itatí Zucchi.A child actress, at 13, Cantoral was accepted into the Televisa actors' academy, Centro de Educación...

, César Bono, José Ángel Garcia, Carlos Miguel, Guadalupe Esparza (of the well known music group Bronco) and many others in Tu y Yo
Tú y Yo
"Tú Y Yo" is the first single from Thalía's 2002 selftitled album Thalía. The song was written by Estéfano and Julio Reyes, and produced by Estéfano. The English version can be heard in the EA Sports game, NASCAR 07...

, which became an international hit, becoming one of the most viewed shows among Hispanic
Hispanic is a term that originally denoted a relationship to Hispania, which is to say the Iberian Peninsula: Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal and Spain. During the Modern Era, Hispanic sometimes takes on a more limited meaning, particularly in the United States, where the term means a person of ...

s in the United States.

Tu y Yo was followed by Cañaveral de Pasiones
Cañaveral de Pasiones
Cañaveral de pasiones is a Mexican telenovela, originally airing in 1996, and produced by Humberto Zurita and Christian Bach.-Plot:...

, where Gattorno acted alongside fellow Cuban César Évora
César Évora
César Évora is a Cuban actor.- Biography :Évora started out his career in his native Cuba appearing in more than ten movies before moving to Mexico in the early 1990s. He became known for playing minor roles in the seminal Corazón salvaje and the long-running Agujetas de color de rosa in 1993 and...

 and other well known Mexican actors, such as Angélica Aragón
Angélica Aragón
Angélica Aragón is a Mexican actress of telenovelas and such films as Dune, A Walk in the Clouds, Bella, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Vivir un poco, Mirada de mujer, Novia que te vea, and the blockbuster film Sexo, pudor y lágrimas.-Early life:Aragón was born Angélica Espinoza Stransky in Mexico...

 and others. Cañaveral de Pasiones was an important stepping stone in Gattorno's career; after this soap opera
Soap opera
A soap opera, sometimes called "soap" for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on radio or as television programming. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers, such as Procter & Gamble,...

 was over, many media outlets began to talk about his relationship with Klitbo, with whom he did not have any children.

In 1998, Gattorno participated in an action film, Engaño Mortal. He also acted as Alvaro San Roman in a telenovela named Preciosa. Gattorno and Èvora acted together once again in 1999's Laberintos de Pasion. Laberintos de Pasion was another major Televisa hit, by then, Gattorno had become a sex symbol
Sex symbol
A sex symbol is a celebrity of either gender, typically an actor, musician, supermodel, teen idol, or sports star, noted for their sex appeal. The term was first used in the mid 1950s in relation to the popularity of certain Hollywood stars, especially Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte...

 among females in Mexico and Latin America, and among Hispanic females in the United States. He also participated that year in Entre la Tarde y la Noche.

Gattorno and Klithbo eventually divorced; Gattorno's fame kept growing, and, in 2000, he made his Hollywood debut, as Jorge Camacho in the low budget film Before Night Falls
Before Night Falls
Before Night Falls is the 1992 autobiography of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, describing his life in Cuba, his time in prison, and his ultimate escape to the United States. It was on The New York Times list of the ten best books of the year 1993...


Gattorno then travelled to Colombia
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia , is a unitary constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments. The country is located in northwestern South America, bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; to the north by the Caribbean Sea; to the...

 in 2001, to play Andres Bustamante in Amantes del Desierto
Amantes del Desierto
Amantes del Desierto , is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo, RTI Colombia and Caracol Television...

. Soon after, he met Belmaris González Suazo, a Cuban ballet dancer who would become Gattorno's second wife. The couple share two daughters, Isabella and Carolina Alicia.

Gattorno continued his 2001 work with El Noveno mandamiento
El Noveno mandamiento
El Noveno Mandamiento is a Mexican soap opera produced by Lucero Suárez in the year 2001.- Synopsis :The story occurs in a small Veracruz town where brothers Rodrigo and Bruno Betancourt vie with each other for Ana's love, thus breaking the ninth commandment, not to covet thy neighbor's wife.Isabel...


During 2002, Gattorno participated in a telenovela that was geared towards teenagers and which became a major hit: alongside Daniela Luján
Daniela Luján
Daniela Luján is a Mexican pop singer and actress.-Biography:Born on April 5, 1988 to Miguel Barrios Luján and Amalia Rodríguez Gómez, she is the youngest of three daughters....

, Belinda Peregrin
Belinda Peregrín
Belinda Peregrín Schüll , is a two-time Latin Grammy Award nominated Mexican singer, songwriter and actress.- Early life :...

, Laura Flores
Laura Flores
Laura Flores is a Mexican actress, hostess and singer, born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.- Biography:...

 and former Menudo
Menudo (band)
Menudo was a Puerto Rican boy band that was formed in the 1970s by producer Edgardo Díaz, releasing their first album in 1977. The band achieved much success, especially during the 1980s, becoming the most popular Latin American teen musical group of the era....

 Johnny Lozada, among others, Gattorno acted in Cómplices al rescate
Cómplices al rescate
Cómplices al Rescate is a Mexican telenovela starring Belinda as two twins who were separated at birth.- Synopsis :...

, a romantic story about youngsters trying to repair some broken relationships.

By then, Gattorno's fame had made him appear on the covers of some major Spanish language magazines in the United States. Gattorno finished 2002 (and began 2003) acting in another major teenage telenovela hit, Clase 406
Clase 406
Clase 406 is a Mexican telenovela , which was produced by and broadcast by Televisa and aired in Canal De Las Estrellas in Mexico and Univision in the United States. The series aired from July 2, 2002 to October 2003 in Mexico. The series had four seasons and 344 one-hour episodes in total...

, where he acted alongside Michelle Vieth
Michelle Vieth
Michelle Vieth Paetau is an American-Mexican actress, best known for starring in telenovelas.- Biography :...


Gattorno then took a one year and a half hiatus from telenovelas. He used this time off, however, to appear on Don Francisco
Don Francisco
Don Francisco may refer to:*Don Francisco *Don Francisco *Don Francisco de Paula Marin, Hawaiian*Don Francisco...

's talk show Don Francisco Presenta
Don Francisco Presenta
Don Francisco Presenta is a Spanish-language talk/reality show produced by Univision, and is hosted by Don Francisco. Univision originally aired Don Francisco Presenta on Wednesday nights at 10pm central, from October 11, 2001 to November 3, 2010. Since November 10, 2010, it is seen Monday nights...

, on February 4, 2004. On April 8, he appeared alongside Raúl De Molina
Raúl De Molina
Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina is the multiple Emmy award winning co-host of Univision Networks #1 rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca.-Biography:Raul de molina was born in Cuba but left at the age of 10...

 and Lili Estefan
Lili Estefan
Lili Estefan is a famous well known Cuban American model and show host, currently the host of El Gordo y la Flaca on Univision.-Biography:...

 in their gossip show, El Gordo y La Flaca
El Gordo y la Flaca
El Gordo y la Flaca is a Spanish-language entertainment news show...

, and he co-hosted El Escandalo del Mediodia alongside Charytín
Charytín Goyco , better known in the show business plainly as Charytín, is a singer, television presenter and actress from the Dominican Republic...

, from August 16 to August 20. he returned to telenovela acting, characterizing Federico in Las Lloronas, and appeared in Cristina Saralegui
Cristina Saralegui
Cristina Saralegui is a Cuban American journalist, actress and talk show host of the Spanish-language eponymous show, Cristina. She also has her own fashion line of accessories and comforters for bed and bath....

's show during El Show de Cristinas Christmas
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday generally celebrated on December 25 by billions of people around the world. It is a Christian feast that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, liturgically closing the Advent season and initiating the season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days...

 special in December of that year.

In September 2004 he began a relationship with the Spanish Repertory Theatre of New York debuting there as the Lector (Juan Julián) in the World Premiere in Spanish of Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama Ana en el trópico by Cuban playwright, Nilo Cruz. The play garnered critical acclaim and became part of the theater's repertory of plays. It has been playing ever since. Gattorno also played Miguel in the popular comedy titled Las quiero a las dos by Ricardo Talesnik and also played a priest in Escrito y Sellado by Venezuelan playwright Isaac Chocrón
Isaac Chocrón
Isaac Chocrón Serfaty was a Venezuelan playwright and translator. He was born in Maracay, and was a graduate of Columbia University. He later directed the School of Arts at the Central University of Venezuela. He died in Caracas.-Reference:*...

. All of these plays have were directed by Repertorio Español's Artistic Director and Co-Founder, René Buch, also Cuban.

In 2005, Gattorno hosted Premios Lo Nuestro, an important award show seen all over Latin America. He also participated in two special editions of the show, named Noche de Estrellas: Premios lo Nuestro and Lo que no se Vio de Premios lo Nuestro.

In 2005, Gattorno was incorporated as a new Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

 star in the network's original production Tierra de Pasiones where he played the role of Pablo Gonzalez and shared credits with stars like Venezuela
Venezuela , officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela , is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America. It borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south...

n actress Gabriela Spanic
Gabriela Spanic
Gabriela Spanic , or Gaby Spanic, is an award-winning Venezuelan actress best known for her roles in telenovelas. Her twin sister is model/actress Daniela Spanic. She has a younger sister Patricia, and two brothers Antonio and Adiel...

, Argentine
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

 actor Saul Lizaso and legendary Mexican
Mexican people
Mexican people refers to all persons from Mexico, a multiethnic country in North America, and/or who identify with the Mexican cultural and/or national identity....

 actor and comedian Héctor Suárez
Héctor Suárez
Héctor Suárez is a legendary Mexican actor and comedian. He is the father of Héctor Suárez Gomís who is also an actor....


Gattorno played Roberto in the 2005 movie La Migra, which was titled Murder on the Border to English speaking audiences.

In 2006 Gattorno starred in the new Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

 version of Julio Jimenez
Julio Jimenez (writer)
Julio Jiménez is a Colombian writer of telenovelas for RTI Colombia.-His telenovelas:Julio Jiménez has written numerous telenovelas including:...

's, La Viuda de Blanco
La Viuda de Blanco
La Viuda de Blanco is a 1996 Colombian telenovela hit which starred Osvaldo Ríos, María Helena Doehring, Jorge Enrique Abello, and Yolandita Monge. Its remake, titled the same, premiered on July 24, 2006 on Telemundo. Both versions were produced by Telemundo Studios Miami...

 where he played the role of Sebastian Blanco and shared credits with Mexican actress Itatí Cantoral
Itatí Cantoral
Itatí Cantoral, is a Mexican actress.-Early life and education:Cantoral is the daughter of Mexican composer and songwriter, Roberto Cantoral, and Argentine actress of Italian descent, Itatí Zucchi.A child actress, at 13, Cantoral was accepted into the Televisa actors' academy, Centro de Educación...


He also starred in the Panamanian film Chance which won an international award in Habana, in 2010.

He also returned in 2010 to Mexican telenovelas with his appearance alongside Sabine Moussier
Sabine Moussier
Diana Sabine Moussier is a German-Mexican actress who is best known for her work, frequently as a villainess, in numerous Mexican telenovelas such as El privilegio de amar, Entre el amor y el odio, and La madrastra.-Early life:...

 in the Televisa telenovela Mi Pecado
Mi Pecado
Mi pecado is a Mexican telenovela that was produced by Televisa and aired on Canal de las Estrellas from 15 June 2009 through 13 November 2009...

. He played a teacher.

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