José Eugênio Soares (16 January 1938 - 5 August 2022), known professionally as Jô Soares (Portuguese: [[Help:IPA/Portuguese|/ˈʒo soˈaɾis, ˈswa-, -ɾiʃ/]]), or Jô, was a Brazilian comedian, talk show host, author, musician, actor and writer.
Soares was born in Rio de Janeiro. Initially pursuing diplomatic service, influenced by his great-grandfather, Soares returned to Brazil for acting classes, and started his career in Rio de Janeiro in 1958.
Soares' television career began at TV Rio in 1958, writing and performing in comedy shows for the station. In 1970, he began to work at Rede Globo. +more Soares moved to SBT, in 1988, as the host of, “Jô Soares Onze e Meia”, (Jô Soares at Eleven-Thirty), which aired until 1999. In 2000, he took his show's format (very similar to David Letterman's) back to Rede Globo, where it was then named, “Programa do Jô”, which ran until 2016.
His first novel, O Xangô de Baker Street (translated as A Samba for Sherlock), was published in 1995 and has been translated into several languages. In 2001 it was made into the film O Xangô de Baker Street. +more Soares also put out various jazz CDs, as well as producing many plays, including a recent version of Richard III.
Jô Soares was a Roman Catholic. He expressed devotion to Rita of Cascia.
Below is an incomplete filmography:
|1970-1972||Faça Humor, Não Faça Guerra||Various||sketch comedy series|
|1972-1975||Satiricom||Various||sketch comedy series|
|1976-1982||Planeta dos Homens||Dr. SardinhaDr. +more RafaelBrother Carmelo||sketch comedy series|
|1981-1987||Viva o Gordo||Captain GayOther recurring roles||sketch comedy series|
|1988-1999||Jô Soares Onze e Meia||Host||2,309 episodes|
|1988-1990||Veja o Gordo||Various||sketch comedy series|
|2000-2016||Programa do Jô||Host||8,000+ episodes|
A Samba for Sherlock (book) (O Xangô de Baker Street (1995) *Twelve Fingers (O Homem Que Matou Getúlio Vargas) (1998) *Assassinatos na Academia Brasileira de Letras (2005) *As Esganadas (2011)