Chui Bravo was the most famous of Chelsea Handler's late night show from 2007 to 2014. Here are five things to know about the actor, who sadly passed away at the age of 63.
Mexican-American actor who became famous as Chelsea Handler's assistant at Chelsea, who sadly passed away at the age of 63. This news came just a week after the comedian wished him a happy birthday via Instagram on December 7th. “Happy birthday to my OG Nugget @chuybravo,” she wrote, referring to her longtime nickname. “I love this painting because not only does it look like Chuy just stepped out of my pikachu, but it also looks like ZZ Top. Happy birthday Chui and thanks for 8 years of hard work,”she added. Here are 5 things to know about an entertainer.
1. He has been filming for Chelsea lately. Chuy heard about the casting for the new Chelsea show in 2012 and that she was specifically looking for the "little man." After a successful audition, the actor was in the spotlight on the show as her bosom friend until the show's 2014 cancellation and was often the subject of her jokes.
2. He was born in Mexico. Chuy was born in Tanganchikaro, Michoacan, Mexico on December 7, 1956. His name was Jesus Melgoza, and he is the youngest seventh child from a large family. The family moved to the Los Angeles area when Chewie was 15 and settled in the San Fernando Valley. He later graduated from high school in Silmar and later took up acting.
3. He was an actor. While he is best known for his role as assistant at Chelsea, now defunct! In the series, Chuy got his acting experience back in the early 1990s. According to his iMDB, he appeared in Johnny Depp's 2007 film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as well as 2005's Cedric for Honeymooners Just Married.
4. He had health problems. In 2012, Chui confirmed to Latina magazine that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but received treatment after being diagnosed. “I've been through a lot in my life, but I've overcome my struggles and now I'm finally living my life,” he told the magazine, which also covered his past struggles with alcoholism. His fight against alcohol later inspired Chewie to form the Little Nugget Foundation to help alcoholics find recovery in Mexico. In his youth, Chewie was diagnosed with dwarfism, which eventually grew to 4 feet 3 inches.
5. He had financial problems. Chui filed for bankruptcy in California in July 2018, according to reports received by Radar Online. He claimed that he had "zero" income from paperwork and also confirmed that he "did not work."