Meet the Man Behind Don Francisco, His Real Name is Mario Kreutzberger


It's inevitable to bring up his retirement -- at 72, Kreutzberger has been hosting the longest-running show in television according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It's hard to imagine the program without Don Francisco; the two concepts seem inseparable. Kreutzberger stresses, however, that he's not ready to retire yet, unless his public, ratings or mental capacity say otherwise.

As I followed Kreutzberger during his morning exercise around his gated community with his trainer, he was recognized by a crew of Hispanic landscapers. "Trabajando fuerte muchachos?" Working hard boys? said Kreutzberger in his unmistakable Don Francisco intonation, seamlessly channeling his TV host persona. "Si, Don Francisco!" flashing smiles across their faces and thumbs up in the air.

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