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Don Francisco Biography

Birth Name:
Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld
Birth Place:
Talca, Chile
Host, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • Is the son of German-Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany
  • Studied fashion design in New York City to please his father, but fell in love with television while there and changed his career path
  • Goes by the stage name Don Francisco because he was told his real name is too difficult to pronounce
  • Hosted the weekly series Sábado Gigante for the show's entire 53-year run, taking off just one night when his mother passed away
  • Founded Teletón Chile, a telethon that raises funds for disabled children, and worked with Hispanics United for Hurricane Katrina Relief
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001
  • Wrote Don Francisco Life, Camera, Action!: Autobiography in 2002
  • Made the documentary Witnesses of Silence, which is about his father and other survivors of the Holocaust



    • Erich Kreutzberger -- Father
    • Anna Blumenfeld Neufeld -- Mother
    • Francisco Kreutzberger Muchnick -- Son
    • Patricio Kreutzberger Muchnick -- Son
    • Teresa Muchnick -- Wife