Vicente Fernandez was an actor, singer, and producer from Mexico. When Vicente Fernandez passed away on December 12, 2021, he was 81 years old. Vicente Fernández was in over 30 films and recorded over 80 songs.
In total, he took home three Grammys, 14 Lo Nuestro Awards, and nine Latin Grammys during the course of his career. With over 50 million albums sold worldwide, Fernández is one of the most successful Mexican recording artists of all time.
On February 17, 1940, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Vicente Fernández was born to a rancher and a housewife. He had always hoped to be an actor, but after receiving a guitar as a present, he found a new love for making music.
Fernández came to Tijuana with his family after finishing elementary school, where he found work as a painter, mason, and cabinetmaker. After that, he got a job as a cashier at his uncle’s restaurant and started performing as a singer at weddings and other events. During this time period, Fernández participated in a variety of mariachi bands.
Vicente Fernandez’s Net Worth
As of September 2022, Vicente Fernandez has an estimated net worth of $25 Million.
There were more than 80,000 attendees during Fernández’s Farewell Concert at Estadio Azteca in April of 2016. Over the course of more than four hours, he performed more than 40 songs, making this concert his longest and most successful to date. After being recorded live, the concert was released as “Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo),” which in 2017 received the Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Music Album.
Fernández’s first paid television appearance was on the show “La Calandria Musical” when he was 21 years old. To further his musical career, he relocated to Mexico City in 1965. Recording the albums “Soy de Abajo,” “Ni en Defensa Propia,” and “Palabra de Rey” for CBS México was his first major label deal. After the success of El Rey, El Hijo del Pueblo, and Para Recordar, Fernández released the single “La Voz Que Estabas Esperando.”
After recording a version of “Volver Volver” by Fernando Z. Maldonado, which became a hit in the Americas in 1978, Fernández gained widespread fame around the world. By 1983, with “15 Grandes Con el Numero Uno,” he had his first album to sell over a million copies. Fernández’s first trip to South America was four years later when he visited Colombia and Bolivia.
For much of the 1990s, American audiences knew Fernández as the “Mexican Sinatra.” A number of his most well-known ranchera records, including “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” “Aunque Me Duela el Alma,” and “La Mentira,” were published around this time. Five times during the decade, Fernández was nominated for a Grammy.
Albums like “Vicente Fernández y Los Más Grandes Éxitos de Los Dandys,” “Más Con El Numero Uno,” “En Vivo Juntos Por Ultima Vez,” “Se Me Hizo Tarde la Vida,” and “La Tragedia del Vaquero” were released by Fernández during the 2000s, and all were commercial successes.
In 2007, he released “Para Siempre,” an album that would go on to sell over two million copies around the world. It was also recognized as the year’s Best Ranchero Album by the Latin Grammys.
Following the success of “Primera Fila,” “Necesito de Ti,” “El Hombre Que Más Te Amó,” and “Hoy,” all of which earned Latin Grammy Awards for Best Ranchero Album, Fernández continued to release a streak of successful albums. After winning the Latin Grammy for the last time with his album “A Mis 80’s” in 2021, he will retire from the music industry.
Fernández made his acting debut in the film Tacos al Carbón, released in 1971. His breakthrough part came in the 1976 film “La Ley del Monte.” There are 30 films in which Fernández appeared, and of those, 18 were directed by Rafael Villaseor Kuri.
He often portrayed the archetypical tough Mexican dude. Famous films he worked on include “Por Tu Maldito Amor,” “El Hijo del Pueblo,” and his final picture, “Mi Querido Viejo,” released in 1991.
When Fernández met and fell in love with Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseor in 1963, he wed her. They had to incubate their son because he was born prematurely; his name is Vicente Jr.
The couple also adopted a daughter, Alejandra, and had two biological boys, Alejandro and Gerardo. Numerous times, Fernández shared the stage alongside Alejandro and Vicente Jr. One of Vicente Jr.’s fingers was severed as a warning after he was kidnapped by a criminal organization in 1998 and kept for ransom. He was reportedly freed after a substantial payment from Fernández.
In his later years, Fernández had several serious health problems. In 2002, he successfully fought prostate cancer, and in 2004, he beat liver cancer. A liver transplant was offered, but he declined it. When Fernández lost his voice due to thrombosis in 2013, it was followed by surgery in 2015 to repair abdominal hernias.
He fell at his ranch in 2021, injuring his cervical spine and triggering a hospital admission; he was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. There were ups and downs in Fernández’s health over the course of a year, but a recurrence of pneumonia brought about a marked deterioration. On the 12th of December, at the age of 81, he passed away.
In his later years, Fernández was still a source of contention. He explained in 2019 that he turned down a liver donation since it might have come from a “gay or drug addict.” A few years later, he caused a stir by placing his hand on a fan’s breast while snapping a photo. Lupita Castro, a musician, accused Fernández of sexually assaulting her around 40 years ago, but she never spoke out for fear of retaliation.