Fernando González Pacheco

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Fernando González Pacheco
Fernando González Pacheco
BornSeptember 13, 1932
DiedFebruary 11, 2014(2014-02-11) (aged 81)
Bogota, Colombia
OccupationAnnouncer, television host, actor, journalist, writer

Fernando González Pacheco (September 13, 1932 – February 11, 2014), also known as Pacheco, was a Colombian television host, announcer, journalist [1] and occasional actor with a career spanning over six decades. Pacheco was born in Spain and received the Colombian citizenship as he had been residing in Colombia since he was 4 years old. [1]

Colombia Country in South America

Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia shares a border to the northwest with Panama, to the east with Brazil and Venezuela, and to the south with Ecuador and Peru. It shares its maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Colombia is a unitary, constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá.

Colombian nationality law

Colombian nationality is typically obtained by birth in Colombia when one of the parents is either a Colombian citizen or a Colombian legal resident, by birth abroad when at least one parent was born in Colombia, or by naturalization, as defined by Article 96 of the Constitution of Colombia and the Law 43-1993 as modified by Legislative Act 1 of 2002.



González Pacheco was born in Valencia, Spain, September 13, 1932, as the son of Doroteo González-Pacheco and Inés Castro Montejo. He arrived in Colombia when he was four years old. He finished his secondary studies at Hispano Americano School in 1950 and was a ping pong champion, as well as a professional boxer known as Kid Pecas. [1]

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country mostly located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

Boxing combat sport

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.

Pacheco started working as a waiter for the Grand Colombian Merchant Fleet, occasionally performing on stage while playing the ukulele and singing. [2] It is thanks to entrepreneur Alberto Peñaranda, who would later become the owner of one of the main Colombian TV production companies (programadoras), Producciones PUNCH, who offered him an opportunity on television after listening to him. [1]

Ukulele member of the guitar family

The ukulele or ukelele is a member of the guitar family of instruments. It generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some strings may be paired in courses, giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings.

Producciones PUNCH was a Colombian programadora. It was the first programadora to be established in 1956, founded by the Peñaranda family.

He had also participated in various dangerous activities for social causes such as parachuting, bullfighting, lion taming, clowning, and hot air ballooning, to name a few. [1] He is also known for having been the spokesperson for Pro-Vida, a senior citizen support organization.

Parachuting action sport of exiting an aircraft and returning to Earth using a parachute

Parachuting is a method of transiting from a high point to Earth with the aid of gravity, involving the control of speed during the descent with the use of a parachute or parachutes. It may involve more or less free-falling which is a period when the parachute has not yet been deployed and the body gradually accelerates to terminal velocity.

Bullfighting Spectacle of bulls fought by humans

Bullfighting is a physical contest that involves humans and animals attempting to publicly subdue, immobilise, or kill a bull, usually according to a set of rules, guidelines, or cultural expectations. There are many different forms and varieties in various locations around the world. Some forms involve dancing around or over a cow or bull, or attempting to grasp an object from the animal.

Lion taming

Lion taming is the taming and training of lions, either for protection or for use in entertainment, such as the circus.


Quite known for his versatility, Pacheco had been able to participate in a myriad of shows of many styles, whether interviewing or presenting. His innate ability to deal with people and highly improvisational skills (all TV shows were broadcast live on the earlier days) led him to be one of the most notorious figures in Colombia's television history. A running joke during his presentations was his "ugliness", which was exploited as a comic relief.

González Pacheco also started a TV production company of his own called Coestrellas along with actor Carlos Benjumea, which lasted from 1981 to 2003.

Coestrellas was a Colombian programadora founded in 1981 by Fernando González Pacheco and Carlos Benjumea. Its original director was Bernardo Romero Pereiro. It was liquidated in 2003, one of the last casualties of the programadoras crisis of the early 2000s.

TV presenter and interviewer

Pacheco's first official appearance was in 1956 on the TV show Agencia de Artistas (Artists Agency). [1] He also was the official presenter for Operación Ja-Ja, a starting point for popular local comedians such as Hugo Patiño and the late Jaime Agudelo. It is thanks to this show that highly regarded comedy show Sábados Felices would emerge.

Jaime "El Flaco" Agudelo was a Colombian comedian and actor.

Sábados Felices is a comedy show that debuted in 1972. It has been produced by Caracol Televisión for its entire run on the air; from 1972–1998, when Caracol was a programadora, it aired on Cadena Uno. It has been hosted by Alfonso Lizarazo, Alí Humar, Jota Mario Valencia, Carlos Calero and Hernán Orjuela.


Although having no formal acting education whatsoever, González Pacheco gathered a fair amount of both expertise and recognition in several popular Colombian telenovelas and films.


  • Yo y tú [1]
  • El cadáver del señor García [1]
  • El viejo y Arsemio Lupin [1]
  • El manantial de las fieras (1982)
  • El último asalto (1982)
  • Música Maestro (1990)
  • Puerta grande (1993) as 'Terencio'
  • La Caponera (2000) as Himself
  • Isabel me la Veló (2001) as 'Leonidas Vargas' [3]

Motion pictures

  • El Zorrero [1]




Personal life

González Pacheco was married to Cartago's beauty pageant Liliana Grohis. [1] He was also known as an avid supporter of Santa Fe Football Club as well as an accomplished percussionist. [3]


On February 5, 2014, 'Pacheco' was admitted to El Country Clinic (Clínica del Country) in Bogota with a severe heart condition but was pronounced dead on February due to heart and respiratory failure. He was 81 years old. [4]

Soon after, the clinic released a statement regarding González Pacheco's decease:

El Country Clinic regrets to inform that Mr. FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ PACHECO passed away today, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 7:50 pm after being treated in our facilities due to a cronic illness he had been suffering for quite an extended time. El Country Clinic feels sorry about the loss of this loving figure for the Colombian people and shares its thoughts and prayers to his relatives and friends. [5]

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