Who was the first major Puerto Rican TV star?

The first major Puerto Rican TV star was Freddie Prinze, who became famous for playing Chicano garage assistant Chico Rodriguez on Chico and the Man (1974-1978).

The son of a Puerto Rican mother and a Hungarian father, Prinze joked that he was “Hungarican.” While barely out of high school, he rocketed to fame as a stand-up comic and TV performer.

Unable to bear the pressure of his sudden success, Prinze killed himself in 1977 at age twenty-two.

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