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Jô Soares
José Eugênio Soares, best known as Jô Soares (born January 16, 1938) is a Brazilian comedian, talk show host, author, theatrical producer, director, actor, painter and musician. Soares was born in Rio de Janeiromarker. After being educated in Switzerlandmarker and the United Statesmarker, Soares returned to Rio and worked at TV Rio in 1958, writing and performing in comedy shows for the station. He acted as an American in Carlos Manga's O homem do Sputnik. In 1971, Soares started working at Rede Globo.

In 1988, Soares moved to SBT, where he hosted a talk-show, Jô Soares Onze e Meia ("Jô Soares Eleven Thirty"), until 1999. In 2000, Soares took his show's format (very similar to David Letterman's) back to Rede Globo, where it was then called Programa do Jô. The show is still on air .

He is known for his knowledge of culture and literature, and for speaking English, Spanish, Italian and French besides his native Portuguese.

His first novel O Xangô de Baker Street was written in 1995 and has already been published in several other countries; it was made into a film in 2000. He has put out various jazz CDs. He has also produced many plays including a recent version of Richard III.

Jô was married thrice and has a son called Rafael, who suffers from autism.

Books

  • O Xangô de Baker Street (A Samba for Sherlock) (1995)
  • O Homem Que Matou Getúlio Vargas (Twelve Fingers) (1998)
  • Assassinatos na Academia Brasileira de Letras (2005)


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