• Meyer Grunberg

Birthday of Amador Bendayan, 1920

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

On This Day in Jewish History: November 11, 1920

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#onthisday, 1920, Amador Bendayan is born. The son of Morrocan Jewish immigrants to Venezuela, Bendayan would go on to become one of the most known TV personalities in Venezuela and Latin America.

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Kickstarting his career in radio in 1937, as an announcer and comedian, Bendayan would get his "big break" doing comedy work on "El Bachiller y Bartolo" and "La Bodega de la Esquina". Then, he worked for some years hosting, "The Amador News", a satirical TV-news parody.

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His career continued to grow when the shows switched to television, spending some time making films in both Mexico and Venezuela. His nickname soon took hold: El Pequeño Gigante de America / America's Small Giant.

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Amador spent the end of his career working with Radio Caracas Television and on Venezuela's largest TV channel, Venevision.

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The proud son of Morrocan Jewish immigrants, Amador always kept his Jewish heritage at the forefront.

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A Venezuela of another time, the country was an attractive haven for Morrocan Jews before and after WW2 - opening its doors and providing the necessary freedoms for the community to flourish, particularly in the 70's.

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This suitable environment allowed for the success and popularity of Bendayan's career as a whole.

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Happy 100th Amador!

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