Humberto Almazán was born on February 16, 1924 in Mexico City, Mexico. Almazan began his career as an actor in the Mexican cinema with the 1944 film “Corazones de México” under the direction of Roberto Gavaldón. Humberto appeared in a total of 24 films, his most memorable films were those he worked alongside Pedro Armendáriz in the trilogy of Pancho Villa, where he played Luisito, Secretary General in “Cuando ¡Viva Villa..! es la muerte” (1960). In previous years he worked with Armendariz in “Vuelve Pancho Villa Returns” (1950). He also worked on the trilogy “Chucho el Roto” (1960-1962) with Carlos Baena and in “Los Tigres del Desierto” (1960), “La Cucaracha” (1959) with Maria Felix, but his best film he will always be remembered for was where he portrayed the Father of the Americas “El joven Juárez” under the direction of Emilio Gómez Muriel.
Before he became a film actor he worked on the stage for several years he had married a war orphan named Ginette in 1950 but she died in childbirth along with the baby. With his film career stagnant he turned his life to religion and became a priest in 1966. He continued his acting career using his acting talents for the Church. In 1969 he appeared in his only Euro-western “Guns of the Revolution” with Ernest Borgnine playing the martyred Miguel Pio who started a revolution against the tyrannical general who outlawed religion.
Today, Father Almazan lives in semi-retirement near Huelva, Spain. Here he works with a group of babies and children who are born H.I.V. positive. Today we celebrate his 90th birthday.