Submitted by ub on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 21:11

Don Francisco, a.k.a. Mario Kreutzberger celebrates his 50 years as host of the longest-running variety show in television history, entertaining audiences around the world since it went on the air in 1962.

With its distinct mix of live entertainment, contests, and human interest stories, Sabado Gigante is one of the most successful programs ever aired on Spanish-language television. Mario Kreutzberger has been on the show from the beginning, as creator and host of more than 2,600 programs.

Don Francisco was born in Chile, the son of German Jewish immigrants who escaped the country during turbulent times preceding World War II, Kreutzberger is a distinguished television presenter and producer, entrepreneur, composer, and author who has been involved in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry for five decades. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame this March.

Here's a popular clip from the famous Spanish language variety show.