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Walter Mercado was a Puerto Rican astrologer, actor, dancer, and writer, best known as a television personality for his shows as an astrologer. Similarly, his astrology predictions show aired for decades in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States.
Mercado was born on 9 March 1932, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he spent his early childhood. His parents were José María Mercado, from San Germán, Puerto Rico, and Aída Salinas from Catalonia, Spain. Moreover, Mercado believed that he had spiritual abilities, even as a child. Further, he attended university majoring in pedagogy, psychology and pharmacy, and used these skills to teach others, to study the human mind and to learn about the healing properties of medicinal plants.
Mercado Salinas studied singing and had a talent for dancing. He also studied classical ballet, as well as modern ballet. Similarly, he was one of the most prolific dancers in Puerto Rico. He was the dancing partner of comedian Velda González.
Walter Mercado worked as an actor in the Puerto Rican telenovelas Un adiós en el Recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga Distancia (Long Distance), and also had a dramatic arts school called Walter Actors Studio 64.
His TV debut as an entertainer came when Puerto Rican producer Elín Ortíz invited him to perform on his TV show when one guest artist did not show up. Likewise, Walter Mercado happened to be at the station and Ortiz asked Mercado to use the 15-minute allotment scheduled for the other guest, to make astrological predictions wearing colourful and extravagant robes.
Since 2003 he announced that he maintained a “spiritual relationship” with the Brazilian actress and dancer Mariette Detotto, with whom he shared a TV program. He always maintained his residence in Puerto Rico.
Health Condition and Death
He said he “had gone and seen death and came back to life again”. Since the experience, he said he had changed. Further, he said he wanted to work with Puerto Rican youth. Moreover, he planned to establish the Shanti Ananda foundation, create a mystic center and donated three of his lavish capes to a museum.
Likewise, Mercado died on the night of Saturday, November 2, 2019. Reportedly from renal failure, at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to hospital spokeswoman Sofia Luquis. He was 87.
- Full Name: Walter Mercado Salinas
- Date of Birth: March 9, 1932
- Birth Place: Ponce, Puerto Rico
- Date of Death: November 2, 2019
- Death Place: similarly, Hospital Auxilio Mutuo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Education: University of Puerto Rico
- Books: Beyond the Horizon: Visions of the New Millennium
- Nationality: American, Puerto Rican
- Parents: Aída Salinas, José María Mercado
- Known for Astrologer, actor, dancer, writer
- Movement: Sanford Meisner
- Awards: Televisión (N.Y.C.), Señor Televisión (D.R.)
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