Walter Mercado

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Walter Mercado
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Walter Mercado
Birth nameWalter Mercado Salinas
Born(1932-03-09) 9 March 1932 (age 82)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
NationalityPuerto Rican
FieldAstrologer, Actor, Dancer, Writer
TrainingUniversity of Puerto Rico
MovementSanford Meisner
AwardsMr. Televisión (N.Y.C.)
Señor Televisión (D.R.)
 
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Walter Mercado
Walter Mercado.png
Walter Mercado
Birth nameWalter Mercado Salinas
Born(1932-03-09) 9 March 1932 (age 82)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
NationalityPuerto Rican
FieldAstrologer, Actor, Dancer, Writer
TrainingUniversity of Puerto Rico
MovementSanford Meisner
AwardsMr. Televisión (N.Y.C.)
Señor Televisión (D.R.)

Walter Mercado Salinas[1] (born 9 March 1932), also known by his stage name Shanti Ananda, is a Puerto Rican dancer, actor and writer, but best known as a television personality for his shows as an astrologer. His long-time astrology predictions shows aired for decades in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States, and were seen by millions in Univision.

Early years[edit]

Mercado was born on 9 March 1932, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he spent some of his childhood.[2][3][4] He attended university where he studied pedagogy, psychology and pharmacy, using these to teach others, to study the human mind and to learn about the healing properties of medicinal plants.[5]

He also studied singing and had a talent for dancing. He was one of the most prolific dancers in Puerto Rico. He also studied classic ballet, as well as modern ballet and flamenco. He was the dancing partner of comedian Velda González.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Walter Mercado worked as an actor and worked 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.[7]

His big break into show business came when in a TV program by Puerto Rican producer Elín Ortíz in the Telemundo network an invited artists did not show up. Walter Mercado happened to have been at the station and Ortiz asked Mercado to use up the artist's 15 minute allotment to make some astrological predictions wearing some fancy robes. The results were extremely positive and Mercado was made a regular with the predictions.[8]

En 1970, Mercado started his regular astrology segment in El Show de las 12. He enhanced his studies with formal study into astrology tarot and other occult sciences that helped him learn better the subject of astrology. Mercado hosted a weekly astrology television show at WKAQ-TV, Channel 2/Telemundo. After several years, when the network changed its programming, Mercado moved his show to WRIK-TV (channel 7 in Ponce) where he hosted it for many years.[9] Westinghouse was a steady and long-time sponsor.[10] The show made him popular in all of Latin America. In the 1980s his show was seen in several TV channels throughout Latin America and the United States.[11]

When WRIK-TV was bought by Tommy Muñiz, Mercado stayed for two years, then moved his show to WKBM-TV, Channel 11/Tele Once, and which later became WLII-TV/Univision. In addition to the TV programs, Mercado also wrote his predictions for newspapers, magazines, and web pages. He was a syndicated writer in the Miami Herald.[12] He also appears on various radio segments.[13] From 1994 to 2009, he appeared on Primer Impacto, which airs on the Univision network in the United States.

In 1986 Mercado was awarded the title Mr. Televisión by the Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo de Nueva York (Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York). By the end of the 1980s Mercado had authored seven books, of which one, “Más allá del horizonte” (Beyond the Horizon), being pubished in three languages.[14]

From the mid 1990s until 2010, Mercado's show aired in the Univision network throughout the Americas, but on 8 January 2010, and after a fifteen-year relationship, Mercado announced that he and television network Univision have parted ways.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003 he announced that he maintained an "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.[16]

Name change[edit]

In October 2010, Mercado changed his name to "Shanti Ananda", a translation in Sanskrit of "peace happiness."[17] He says a "being of light" imparted a spiritual revelation to him, which he refers to as his "authentic mystic name." He is planning to write a book in 2012 under this new name.

Legal challenge[edit]

In January 2012, Mercado lost a lawsuit against Bart Enterprises International, for which he was trying to prevent from using his name and likeness in future commercial ventures. Mercado, who signed a contract with the company in 1995 severed with the company in 2006, which resulted in litigation being filed by both parties against each other. Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that Bart Enterprises can continue using Mercado's name and likeness in future commercial projects.[18] When asked about his legal case over the rights to his name he replied, "I worked for many years, and gave some releases without thinking much about human wickedness."[19][20]

Health condition and recovery[edit]

In January 2012, Mercado was flown to Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, with cardiac problems.[21][22] He said he "had gone and seen death and came back to life again". Since the experience he said he has changed. He said he wants to work with Puerto Rican youth, plans to establish the Shanti Ananda foundation, create a mystic center, and donate three of his lavish capes to a museum. Most of his sumptuous capes had already been sold at auctions.[23][24]

Accolades[edit]

Telenovelas listing[edit]

Theatrical listing[edit]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Puerto Rican Psychic Loses Rights to His Name Barbara Leonard. Court House News Service. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ Walter Mercado: Astrology and Birth Chart. Astrotheme: A new Approach to Astrology. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  3. ^ Walter Mercado. NNDB. Soylent Communications. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. ^ Most Popular People Born In "Ponce/ Puerto Rico". IMDB. IMDB.com, Inc. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  5. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  6. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  7. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  8. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  9. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  10. ^ Walter Mercado.
  11. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  12. ^ Walter Mercado.
  13. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  14. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  15. ^ Walter Mercado sin Univisión en su futuro. Ana Enid López Rodríguez. Primera Hora. 8 January 2010.
  16. ^ De Walter Mercado a Shanti Ananda: Metamorfosis del astrólogo más famoso de América Latina. El Nuevo Dia. 11 January 2012.
  17. ^ http://www.celestrellas.com/2010/10/25/walter-mercado-astrologer-shanti-ananda/
  18. ^ Puerto Rican Psychic Loses Rights to His Name from www.courthousenews.com 4 January 2012
  19. ^ Walter Mercado: Vengo de la Tumba. Patricia Vargas. El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 15 February 2012. Page 74.
  20. ^ Vengo de la Tumba. vLex Puerto Rico. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  21. ^ Walter Mercado: Vengo de la Tumba. Patricia Vargas. El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 15 February 2012. Page 74.
  22. ^ Vengo de la Tumba. vLex Puerto Rico. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  23. ^ Walter Mercado: Vengo de la Tumba. Patricia Vargas. El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 15 February 2012. Page 74.
  24. ^ Vengo de la Tumba. vLex Puerto Rico. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  25. ^ IMDB Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ KNGINE Movies
  27. ^ FILM Annex

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