3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gringo

Zimbabwean comedian popularly known as Gringo died Monday morning aged 47 after a long battle with stomach and renal complications. We list below five things you probably did not know about Gringo.

1.) Real name:

  • Gringo’s real name was Lazarus Boora. He became Gringo in 1997 when he featured on Enock Chihombori‘s drama series ‘Gringo’ as the lead character.

2.) Acting career

  • Booora’s passion for acting started in primary school whilst doing his fourth grade back in 1984. One teacher, Mr Sangare was quick to notice his potential and encouraged him to pursue his dream. When he finished school Boora followed this dream that saw him join various theatrical clubs in Mabvuku. The groups include Yamaguchi drama club and Tamuka Theatrical Arts. Having learned the basics of acting, he soon joined Avondale based Reps Theatre in 1993. It is here that his professionalism in acting was honed.
  • Never satisfied with his position, he joined a marketing company called The People’s Roadshow where he was tasked to communicate with audiences using short plays, sketches and DJ skills. He joined Screentalent in 1996 and a year later, he made a debut on television. He acted a minor role as a Junior Policeman in Aaron Chiundura Moyo’s popular television drama series ‘Chihwerure’. The series showed on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television.
  • In the same year, he met Enock Chihombori, a cartoonist for Kwayedza, who had joined Screentalent. His main cartoon character was Gringo and he decided to write a television script based upon the character in 1997. That is when Boora became prominent when he played the leading ‘Gringo’ role in the series. When he was given the role, he was not even auditioned as he had shown his talent in ‘Chihwerure’. He was to become a leading character in all the following series such as ‘Gringo Ndiani’ (2001), ‘Gringo Mari iripi’ (2003) and the latest ‘Gringo-Troublemaker’ in 2013. Boora said he was at his best in the latter which was a feature film.

3. Acting Son

  • Gringo’s Taurai Boora is following his father’s footsteps in the arts industry. The talented young man has amazing footwork and acting career. At one point, he was even hired by the Dembo Brothers. While many fathers would love their son to follow their footsteps, Gringo in 2013 banned his son from acting citing poor returns.

More: Pindula

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One Comment on “3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gringo

  1. we have lost a veteran in acting as a nation..Lazarus you are going to be missed .. REST IN PEACE OUR HERO GRINGO till met again in another life

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