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Humberto Zurita (born September 2, 1954) is a Mexican actor, director and producer.

Zurita was born in Torreón, Coahuila, and is one of ten children in his family.

He is best known as actor, director and producer of telenovelas. He is married to Argentine-born actress Christian Bach and the family have two children, Sebastian and Emiliano.

Together with his wife and his brother Gerardo Zurita, also a telenovela producer, he founded a production company called ZUBA (for Zurita-Bach) in 1981.

Acting career

In adolescence he made his first stage appearances in amateur performances of plays including the rock operas Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar.

He graduated from CUT (Centro Universitario de Teatro - the University Theatrical Centre) of UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma - National Autonomous University of Mexico), the famous educational institute for acting in Mexico.

As a stage actor he acted in various plays from classical to modern, as well as absurd theater. Humberto Zurita played classical roles like Hamlet but he also appeared in various contemporary plays like M. Butterfly.

As theatrical producer and director he staged The Protagonist (El Protagonista) by the Argentinean playwright Luis Agustoni (also acting in the title role as Fernando) and Haute surveillance (Severa Vigilancia) by the famous French writer Jean Genet.

In television he started his acting career with Televisa in the late 1970s. He obtained his first starring role as the adult Alberto Limonta in the 1981 production of El derecho de nacer. Two years later he took the role of Eddie in the Mexican production of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead with Manuel Ojeda as Jimmy. He combined a film career with his television productions such as the telenovela Cañaveral de pasiones which was the most successful of 1996 and launched Juan Soler and Patricia Navidad to stardom.

In 1997, citing creative reasons he and his wife, Christian Bach, moved to TV Azteca. In a bold move he produced and starred in El candidato an interactive telenovela about current Mexican political issues a year prior to the 2000 Mexican presidential elections. He also produced the costly Azul Tequila (the only telenovela exported to the UK) (starring Bárbara Mori) and his wife (as La chacala). In the Cinema of Mexico he has produced four films including Bésame en la boca starring singer Paulina Rubio.

Since 2003 he has worked for Argos Television, an independent media company that has produced telenovelas for TV Azteca and Telemundo Network associated company.

Films

As an actor

* Morena (1994) as Carlos Narval
* Un instante para morir (1993) as Garcia Rojas
* Imperio de los malditos (1993) as Guero
* Pelo suelto (1993)
* Persecución infernal (1992)
* Amor que mata (1992)
* Asalto (1991) as Andrés
* Muerte ciega (1991)
* Diana, René, y El Tíbiri (1988)
* Luna caliente (1986)
* De mujer a mujer (1986)
* El tres de copasl (1986)
* Luna caliente (1985)
* Bajo la metralla (1983)
* Luna de sangre (1982)
* El día que murió Pedro Infante (1982)

As a producer

* El amor de tu vida S.A. (1996)
* Bésame en la boca (1995)
* Perfume, efecto inmediato (1994)
* Educación sexual en breves lecciones (1994)

Telenovelas

As an actor

Argos

* Marina (2006)
* Los Plateados (2005) as Emilio Gallardo Rivas
* Ladrón de Corazones (2003) as Antonio Vega

TV Azteca

* Agua y aceite (2002) as Ernesto
* El candidato (1999) as Ignacio Santoscoy

Televisa

* Alguna vez tendremos alas (1997) as Guillermo Lamas
* La antorcha encendida (1996) as Mariano Foncerrada
* El vuelo del águila (1994) as Gral. Porfirio Díaz
* Capricho (1993) as Daniel
* Al filo de la muerte (1991) as Francisco
* Encadenados (1988) as Germán
* De pura sangre (1986) as Alberto
* El maleficio (1983) as Jorge de Martino
* El derecho de nacer (1981) as Alberto
* Soledad (1980) as Fernando
* Querer volar (1980) as Daniel
* Muchacha de barrio (1979) as Raul
* Una mujer (1978) as Javier

As a producer

Televisa

* Cañaveral de pasiones (1996)
* Bajo un mismo rostro (1995)

TV Azteca

* Agua y aceite (2002)
* La calle de las novias (2000)
* El candidato (1999)
* Azul tequila (1998)
* La chacala (1998)

As a director

* El candidato (1999)
* Azul tequila (1998)
* Señora (1998)

Stage

As an actor

* Vámonos a la guerra ( Let’s go to the war ) (1979) directed by Hector Mendoza
* El Quijote (The Quijote) (1979) directed by Hector Mendoza;
* P.D. Tu gato ha muerto"(P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (1981)) with Manuel Ojeda;
* El rey Lear (The king Lear) (1981) - with Ignacio Lopez Tarso;
* Un tranvía llamado deseo (A tramway called desire) de 1982 with Jaqueline Andere and Diana Bracho;
* Trampa de muerte (The Dead Catch) (1984) with Manolo Fabregas;
* M.Butterfly (M.Butterfly) (1989) with Hector Bonilla
* El Protagonista (The protagonist) (1991) with Nuria Bages
* El Protagonista (The Protagonist) (2001) with Olivia Collins and Carmelita Gonzales.
* Videoteatros (TV, epidose Véngan corriendo que les tengo un muerto, 1993)

As a producer and/or director

* El cepillo de dientes (The toothbrush)
* El beso de la mujer araña (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
* El protagonista (The Protagonist) (2001);
* El matrimonio perjudica severamente la salud (The matrimony harms seriously the health) (2002);
* Severa Vigilancia (Haute Surveillance) (2003)

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