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World renowned astrologer Walter Mercado known for his eccentric astrology readings made his Netflix debut, in a documentary he filmed before his death last year. The flamboyant Astrologer gained a massive following only to fall victim to his business partner at the height of his popularity.
The documentary shows Mercado in an extravagant bedazzled robe sitting on set while producers interviewed him. . He explained that he was raised as a dancer in Puerto Rico, then moved on to telenovelas as an actor before accidentally being discovered during a TV interview for one of his roles. Widely known for his positivity and nonconforming gender apperance, he gained success at a time when homosexuality was looked down upon but nontheless sustained support by millions, regardless of his appearance or sexuality. Mercado evaded questions of his romantic life with passive phrases and diverted answers.
After beginning his astrology show in Latin America, the Puerto Rican native was demanded by communities across the globe, allowing him to cross over into the United States Market after dominating Brazil. It was only after he found massive success that he fell victim to his business partner and manager, Bill Bakula. Family members and friends of Mercado explained that he was very giving and naive in contracts when he signed away his name and likeness.
This answered many viewers’ questions to why the Astrologist had disappeared from the airwaves. It wasn’t until he won the lawsuit against his ex-manager, when he was able to reappear as himself on camera. During the production of the tribute and biography, mercado received a request to meet from playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The zodiac accepted the request and Lin-Maunel Miranda came to see him and express his love for the Puerto Rican native. Miranda described Mercado as, “an oasis in Spanish- Language TV.” In his interview, Miranda explained that Mercado was able to silence a room as his family was focused on hearing their daily zodiac prediction on television. Miranda stated, “through Walter Mercados existence we have a greater acceptance for people around us.” The Hamilton playwright complimented the astrologers ‘moral authority.’
Many have said he is the kindest person they’ve come across because of his passion to please people according to his assistant Willie Acosta. Prior to his passing Mercado celebrated 50 years since his first show at the HistoryMiami Museum on August 2, 2019. Fans from all over the globe joined the festivities to honor his past work of daily readings to more than 120 million spanish speaking viewers for more than 30 years. Mercado died in San Juan, Puerto Rico 3 months later on November 2, 2019, he was 87.
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