Condolence statements got here in a torrent, together with one from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has performed down the specter of Covid-19 and disparaged homosexual folks. “His expertise and charisma earned the love of all Brazilians,” Mr. Bolsonaro wrote.
Mr. de Barros is survived by his husband, Thales Bretas, a dermatologist whom he married in 2015; his dad and mom, Déa Lúcia Vieira Amaral, a retired schoolteacher, and Júlio Márcio Monteiro de Barros; and two kids, Gael and Romeu, each 1 12 months outdated, born to surrogate moms in america.
Mr. de Barros was born in Niterói on Oct. 30, 1978. After learning appearing at Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras in Rio de Janeiro, he made his debut as Dona Hermínia in a play he wrote, “My Mom Is a Character.” It was successful, drawing greater than 100,000 theatergoers in 2006 and 2007.
Within the play, and within the movie adaptation, which he produced and wrote, Dona Hermínia, an overbearing mom whose husband abandons her for a youthful lady, leaves dwelling abruptly, leaving her kids perplexed. She seeks refuge on the dwelling of a beloved aunt, with whom she shares her sorrows and frustrations.
The film was additionally successful and adopted by two sequels.
Late final 12 months, throughout one among his closing tv appearances, Mr. de Barros urged Brazilians to maintain themselves through the pandemic and to search out solace within the arts.
“Laughter is an act of resistance,” he mentioned. “We’re needing these annoying masks now to guard our face from this virus, and sadly these masks disguise one thing very valuable for us Brazilians: our smile.”