The Mexican-American actor Chuy Bravo best known for his many appearances on Chelsea Handler’s longtime TV sidekick and hypeman, passed away on Sunday, December 15th.
Chuy was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at age 15. According to Hollywood lore, he wandered onto the set of ‘Three Amigos’ and decided to get into entertainment. He says he started taking classes and eventually got cast in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
According to source, Chuy was hospitalized on Saturday in Mexico City, where he’s been visiting family for the past month. His family members say he came down with a terrible stomach ache and had to be rushed to an emergency room in town, where he stayed overnight.
Handler shared a tribute to Bravo in an Instagram post Sunday.
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I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do. @chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine. Or his “business calls” with his “business manager,” or his shoe rack with all his children-sized shoes. I’ll never forget him coming to Christmas with my family one year in the Florida keys, and when my niece who was 5 or 6 at the time—saw him, she ran in the other direction saying she was scared. My sister and I were mortified and were apologizing to Chuy, who told us,”it’s ok, lots of little kids get scared when they see big kids coming their way.” I love you, Chuy!
Other films he’s starred in include “The Rundown,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “The Honeymooners,” “The Sex Trip” and “Tiptoes,” among others.
His big break however came from Chelsea who featured Chuy for 7 years on her own E! show from 2007 to 2014, during which time he served as her “sidekick” and general hype man.
Chuy starred in over 1,000 episodes of “Chelsea Lately.” Chuy revealed in 2012 that he was a survivor of prostate cancer, and that he was a recovering alcoholic. He was also born with dwarfism and stood at 4-feet and 3 inches in height.