Melwin Cedeño — best known for his comedic role as TV character Chevy, el Ponzoñú — is a wildly popular actor and comedian IN Puerto Rico. In addition to acting, the versatile performer is a merengue singer.
Cadeño was born in 1964 and attended Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce as a pre-medical student. He eventually dropped out and moved to the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, where he studied drama.
While there, Cedeño became a member of the university's theater troupe, where he took part in several plays. He also became part of a merengue orchestra called "Los Nenes de Puerto Rico" (Puerto Rico Kids). Some of his friends from the orchestra went on to form the renowned merengue and reggaeton group, Límite 21 (Limit Twenty One).
Cedeño also played dramatic roles in telenovelas — soap operas — such as "Alejandra" (Alexandra), "Apartamento de Solteras" (Singles Apartment), and "Andrea". His role as a young drug addict in "Andrea" brought him a large amount of recognition.
Towards the end of the 1980s, his comedic character Chevy came into existence. His popularity brought forth the sitcom "Con Lo Que Cuenta Este País" (With What This Country Counts On). The show gained great success and remained one of the top programs in Puerto Rico during its run from 1991 to 1993.
After hosting comedic game show "Alto Voltaje" (High Voltage) in the early 1990s, he relocated to the United States and explored offers from Spanish language television networks Telemundo and Univision.
Eventually, Cedeño moved back to Puerto Rico and produced his own film called "Chevy... Episodio 1" (Chevy... Episode 1), which saw the return of his best-known character.
Cedeño continues to work regularly in theater productions and television shows. Chevy remains highly popular among children in Puerto Rico.