Don Francis Vermögen – Chilean-born television host Don Francisco is best known for hosting Univision’s Sábado Gigante programme. As well as the Chilean adaptations of American television game games Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Quién necesita ser millonario?) and Deal or No Deal, he is the host of a popular variety show on Univision called Don Francisco Presenta.
His parents, who were Jewish, were forced to flee persecution by the German Nazis during World War II. Francisco was born Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld on December 28, 1940, in Talca, Chile.
For the most of his childhood, Don Francisco spent much of his time watching television rather than studying in New York.
When he returned to Chile, he set out to create a television show for local audiences based on his favourite American shows, and so in 1962, Sabado Gigante was created.
With over 50 seasons and over 2,000 episodes, Sabado Gigante is the longest-running television show in history. For more than 53 years, the show, which aired on Canal 13, was a huge hit with viewers.
“Giant Saturday” or “Gigantic Saturday” is the equivalent in English. Human interest tales were interspersed with competitions and other live entertainment segments.
Stand-up comedy, competitions, and a “travelling camera” were all part of the event. At first, he went by the alias Don Francisco when he hosted the show.
It was SIN’s notion in Miami, Florida, that was used to produce “Sabado Gigante” beginning in 1986. A new edition of the three-hour show was produced each week and aired every Saturday night at 8 p.m. on Univision; there were only a few blackouts due to special programming.
Bill Clinton, Roberto Duran, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush have all featured on the show over the years. From a talent collaboration with Memo Flores of Jugar en Familia, it was able to begin the careers of numerous well-known performers. His role in the 2010 Copiapo mine disaster film The 33 was based on his own experiences.
The show’s 60th anniversary was commemorated in 2012. After 53 years of broadcasting, Don announced his retirement in April of this year. On September 19, 2015, the final episode of “Sábado Gigante,” “Hasta Siempre,” aired.
From Deal or No Deal to Money Drop to Who Wants to Be a MILLIONaire?, Francisco presented the Chilean versions of these popular shows. Before he retired in 2014, he presented the first three seasons of “Money Drop.”
The PBS children’s show Liberty’s Kids included Governor Bernardo de Galvez as a guest host in 2003. When Univision started the Teleton USA telethon in December of that year, he was the inaugural host.
Having signed a multi-year contract with Telemundo in March of 2016, Francisco announced his comeback to television in a big way. A Sunday night conversation programme titled Don Francisco Te Invita was his debut show on the station, which was seen as an appropriate successor to Sábado Giganet.
On October 9, 2016, it broadcast. On December 9, 2018, the show came to an end with its final episode airing.
Teleton, a television show for disadvantaged Chilean children, is one of his other projects. 22 telethons have taken place in the last 30 years.
For the US Muscular Dystrophy Association, Francisco serves as a Hispanic spokesperson, and he appears in a recorded message during the yearly fundraising to solicit donations from the Hispanic community.
For La Curacao department shops, he has appeared in numerous ads and even attended the grand opening of several stores in South Gate, California, as well as various sites in Arizona.
Don Francis Vermögen : 180 Millionen € (geschätzt)
Commercials for Claro, a Mexican mobile phone provider, also feature him. For a series of commercials in 2010, the Social Security Administration hired him to educate American Hispanics on the benefits of the programme.
As a result, Francisco’s show is a Guinness World Record holder for the longest-running television variety show. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other accolades to his credit as a result of his accomplishments.
Induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame took place on March 1, 2012. Kreutzberger was honoured in September 2015 by the City of New York by having a roadway in Washington Heights named after him.
Since 1962, Don has been married to his wife, Teresa Muchnik Rosenblum, whom he nicknames Temy. They are the parents of three children. The life of the family is one of extreme secrecy.
The military in Chile began on the hunt for Kreutzberger as soon as the coup took place in 1973. In the ruins of Allende’s home, the remains of his guards still lay on the floor, and they took him there.
He was asked by the soldiers to report on the events as they unfolded. He politely declined the offer and suggested to the captain that he fill in for him as the ship’s reporter.
On April 1, 2003, there was widespread speculation that Kreutzberger had passed away in the New York/New Jersey area. Even though the report was untrue, it sent many of his followers into a frenzy until it was dispelled. He was sued by one of his models for sexual harassment in 1992. The case was settled without going to trial.
It’s Don Francis in Lloret de Mar that Jürgen Drews represents for the CSU in Germany. With his wife, “Squirrel,” German-born “Mood Cannon” is known as a party queen on the Costa Brava and a lovely family man that few people know about.