Mexican tenor. He was born poor and out of wedlock but was blessed with a good voice. In 1919 he joined the Chicago Opera Company and stayed until 1930. He went into film after that time. When his mother died in 1943 he became a Franciscan priest and worked as a missionary in Peru. He did a concert tour in 1954 to raise money, and wrote his autobiography Yo Pecador. His recordings have a striking lyrical voice used with imagination and talent.