Manuel Saval

Manuel Saval
Born Juan Manuel Ruiz Saval
(1956-06-22)June 22, 1956
Hermosillo, Sonora, México
Died June 23, 2009(2009-06-23) (aged 53)
Mexico City, México
Nationality Mexican
Other names Manuel Zaval
Occupation Stage actor
Film actor
Television actor
Spouse(s) Martha Eugenia Gallegos (1983-to his death)
Children Francisco (son)
Parent(s) Manolita Saval and Manuel Ruiz

Juan Manuel Ruiz Saval (June 22, 1956 – June 23, 2009) was a Mexican stage, film and television actor who appeared in over twenty telenovelas. His best known role was opposite Victoria Ruffo in the telenovela Simplemente Maria.[1][2][3]


Saval was the son of film actress and opera singer Manolita Saval and Manuel Ruiz. In 1983 he married Martha Eugenia Gallegos,[4] with whom he had a son, Francisco.[1]


In 2007 he was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and had to retire from show business in order to seek surgery and treatment.[3] While hospitalized for treatment in mid-2008, he contracted a rare infection associated with pneumonia and his condition worsened.[5] In late December 2008, while in recovery from tracheal surgery at the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología in Mexico City, it was announced that recovery was going well and he might be able to return home for the holiday season.[6] But by the third week of May, 2009, Saval has returned to the hospital and was reported to be in critical condition.[7]

On his birthday in 2009, a gathering held in his honor was arranged by Adal Ramones and attended by his many friends.[8][9] Because of his ill health, Saval was unable to attend, but a video connection was established between his home and the gathering. His friends remembered him for his great kindness and as always being an elegant person.[1][8][10]

He died on June 23, 2009, one day after his 53rd birthday, after a three-year battle with cancer of the larynx, which he attributed to his smoking.[1][11][12]


Saval began his career in show business working on graphic novels. His screen debut was in the 1976 film El esperado amor desesperado with Sonia Furi and Ofelia Guilmain,[13] and late in the 70s he performed in theater with his mother. His television debut was as Jorginflas in the 1880 telenovela Corazones sin rumbo.[3]





  1. 1 2 3 4 staff (June 24, 2009). "Muere el actor Manuel Saval" (very slow network). Esmas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  2. staff (June 24, 2009). "Manuel Saval biografia" (very slow network). Esmas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 Roberto, Luis. "Biografía de Manuel Saval" (in Spanish). Network 54. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  4. staff (June 24, 2011). "Aún extraño a mi esposo, tras ausencia:viuda de Saval. Con Matilde Obregón". RadioFórmula (in Spanish). Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  5. "Manuel Saval, actor mexicano tiene una rara infección". El Universo (in Spanish). June 25, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  6. "Prevén que Manuel Saval abandone hospital el martes". El Universo (in Spanish). December 22, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  7. "Preocupa salud de Manuel Saval". Tabasco hoy (in Spanish). May 13, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  8. 1 2 "Adal Ramones Rompe En Llanto Durante El Homenaje A Manuel Saval Realizado Un Dia Antes De Su Muerte" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  9. staff (June 24, 2009). "Cáncer venció a Manuel Saval pese a su lucha". Diario Rotativo de Querétaro (in Spanish). Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  10. "Amigos de Manuel Saval le rendirán un homenaje en vida" (very slow network). Esmas (in Spanish). June 24, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  11. "Fallece el actor Manuel Saval". El Universo (in Spanish). June 24, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2012. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. "Muere el actor Manuel Saval" "People en Espanol (People magazine in Spanish)", 24 Jun 2009
  13. staff (February 8, 1976). "De ronda por los estudios mexicanos El esperado amor desesperado". La Opinion (in Spanish). Retrieved February 22, 2012.
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