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Juan Ferrara (born Juan Félix Gutiérrez Puerta, November 8, 1943 in Mexico) is a famous Mexican telenovela and film actor, and the son of the well known actress Ofelia Guilmáin, who died on April of 2005.
Ferrara demonstrated an interest in acting since he was a young child. But it was not until he was 22 that he would get his first job as an actor. He changed his name to Juan Ferrara before playing a small role in the 1965 movie, "Tajimara". In 1966, he got his first major movie role, as Sonny, in Los Angeles de Puebla. Ferrara by then had graduated from Televisa's renown acting school, and he was deemed as ready to star in a telenovela by that channel's directors, so he became a celebrity when his first telenovela, El Espejismo Brillaba became a major hit across Mexico and Latin America.
In 1970, he did two telenovelas that became smashing hits in Spanish speaking countries and other parts of the world: Yesenia spanned a sequel, while La Gata (The Female Cat) is remembered by critics as one of Mexico's best done telenovelas ever. In 1978, Ferrara was in Viviana, another mega-hit telenovela, he played Julio Montesinos. In 1982 Ferrara participate in Gabriel y Gabriela, it was seen by telenovela fans and critics alike with lukewarm eyes.
1983 proved to be an important career year for Ferrara, as he established himself as an actor in Puerto Rico as well. Hired by Canal 2, he filmed Amanda Guzman, Culpable!, a soap opera that became one of Puerto Rico's most seen television programs ever. Since the soap opera was a big success for Telemundo Puerto Rico, the network decided to bring Ferrara back in 1985, to film another telenovela, called Tanairi. Ferrara starred alongside Von Mari Mendez in this soap opera, which went on to become one of Puerto Rico's most critically acclaimed television shows of all time, as well as the most expensive telenovela to produce in Puerto Rican history.
Ferrara was once married to the famous Mexican actress, Helena Rojo. He has two sons, actors Juan Carlos and Mauricio Bonet.
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