One of the legendary names of television, Mario Beut passed away this week. Anyone over the age of 60 who consumes black and white television will remember this. It belonged to the generation of Catalan broadcasters who offered programs with impeccable sound, such as José Luis Barcelona, who set their own style from Miramar studios, where hours of television were produced for the whole country.
It is not surprising that Mario Beut combines his job as a radio announcer and television presenter with that of a dubbing actor. Barcelona has always been a force in this industry. He was responsible for voicing Spanish for Tony Curtis, Jean Paul Belmondo and Sidney Poitier, among others.
But viewers remember him as a friendly and close presenter, specializing in family programs. His great success came in 1964 with the La Unión ha la Fuerza competition, which marked an era. A similar phenomenon won’t be repeated until a million for the best four years later.
Another of the most popular was Club Noon, a morning format where weekend television starts a little earlier than the rest of the week. That was when we could see Bobby Deglané and the great Marisol González in black and white.
In 1968, Mario Beut presented a competition whose title, an animation filled with strollers, clearly advertised its content, Clan familar. It was Saturday afternoons, just ten years before Clap, Seen and heard (1972) and We Know Spain (1978) were his last two contributions to television. At the time, Mario Beut was 45 years old and had many aspects to improve.