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  • Who was Roberto Cobo?
  • The actor played El Jaibo in Los Olvidados.
  • His role as La Manuela and a historic kiss.

Mexican actor Robert Cobo portrayed one of the most iconic characters of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

He played El Jaibo, one of the protagonists of the film Los Olvidados, written and directed by Luis Buñuel.

However, he also played La Manuela in the film El Lugar Sin Límites. So who was Roberto Cobo?

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Eleuterio García Romero, Roberto Cobo’s real name, was born on February 20, 1930, in General Zuazua, Nuevo León, Mexico.

The son of actors, Calambres, as he was also known, made his debut in one of the many mobile theaters of the time. He was 8 years old.

Later, he was part of a theater company and he made his film debut in 1945 at the age of 15.

As mentioned earlier, the role that catapulted him to fame was El Jaibo in the film Los Olvidados. A great movie.

What did he do after Los Olvidados?

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Roberto Cobo won the Ariel for Best Youth Actor for his portrayal of El Jaibo in Los Olvidados.

However, after this film, he never got another role that matched El Jaibo’s success.

According to writer Carlos Monsiváis, he went on to appear in many mediocre films.

He was gay and living during «a very homophobic stage of the film industry, further limited his possibilities,» Monsiváis wrote.

Roberto Cobo lands the role of La Manuela

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It took almost 30 years for Roberto Cobo to land another impactful role like El Jaibo again.

He finally won the role of La Manuela, one of the main characters of El Lugar Sin Límites, a film directed by Arturo Ripstein.

The movie also starred with Gonzalo Vega and they shared the first gay kiss in the history of Mexican cinema.

La Manuela was a gay cross-dresser trying to survive in a town in the middle of nowhere. He received many accolades for his performance.

What is seen is not questioned…

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According to Homosensual, after playing La Manuela, Roberto Cobo was asked about his sexuality.

The actor never said that he heterosexual, although he never openly discussed his sexual orientation.

For example, in an interview with Proceso magazine a year after the film’s release, he made a surprising statement.

He said that he wasn’t similar to his character. Additionally, he did not want to be known as a gay actor.

Who was Robert Cobo behind the scenes?

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According to Homosensual, Roberto Cobo, who died at the age of 72, was homophobic and made negative comments about men he considered effeminate.

A year before his death, he gave an interview to La Jornada, where he stated that he was asexual.

It could be said that he had to hide his sexual orientation for the sake of his career.

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