“A lot of people are talking. The important thing is to be, and it’s very difficult to be,” said iconic Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, who with his quirky capes and rings froze millions of people in Latin America in front of their television screens for years.
After his death on Nov. 2, 2019, his mysterious life and magnetic personality left a void in the Hispanic cultural scene that will be very difficult to fill.
However, Netflix executives have decided to bring to the screens the documentary “Mucho, Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado,” directed by Cristina Constantini and Kareem Tabsch, which delves into the most intimate details of the origin of one of the most intriguing and important personalities in the region.
“Every day for decades, extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming legend Walter Mercado charmed the world with his televised horoscopes,” the documentary’s synopsis explains. “Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter reached over 120 million viewers at his peak, enthralling the Latin world with sequined capes, opulent jewelry and horoscopes that shared a message of love and hope to his devoted viewers.”
Walter Mercado Salinas was born in 1932 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of a Puerto Rican and a Catalán , and from an early age he was always convinced of his spiritual abilities. After training in pedagogy, psychology, and pharmacy, he dedicated himself to exploring the performing arts and classical dance.
After working on Puerto Rican telenovelas such as Un Adios en el Recuerdo and Larga Distancia, the turning point in his life came on the day when television producer Elín Ortíz gave him 15 minutes in front of the cameras of his show, which Mercado took advantage of to introduce his quirky astrologer persona for the first time.
The rest is history.
Since 1970, Walter Mercado was always on the screens of Latin American families, sharing his studies in astrology and tarot, and becoming an unforgettable symbol framed in his famous phrase “Mucho, mucho amor.”
Between 1990 and 2010, the astrologer collaborated with networks such as Univision, reaching also the American audience. But from 2010 he decided to make his way in the digital world, establishing his web platform and even an application for smartphones.
Since 2012, Mercado had been struggling with heart problems, and he diverted his work towards community efforts, establishing the Shanti Ananda foundation for young people in Puerto Rico.
Finally, in November 2019 the Latin American astrologer died of kidney failure at the Auxilio Mutuo hospital in San Juan at the age of 87.
Now, the whole world will be able to enjoy his story and his legacy in a new documentary that will shed light on the life of an unforgettable character, and which will be available starting July 8.