Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma" (born January 14, 1943 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan singer and actor who has recorded many international super hits and participated in a handful of telenovelas.
Rodriguez surfaced in Venezuela in the late 1960's and early 1970's, and was able to build a fan base there. He also participated in a famous commercial, along with his family during that time.
Rodriguez went to Puerto Rico, where he participated in Cristina Bazan along with Johanna Rosaly and young Adamari Lopez. While there, he got his nickname, El Puma.
Later, he also made the Telenovela El idolo, with the Cuban actress Marylin Pupo.
Rodriguez's main money revenue, however, was his singing career. His hits included Dueno De Nada, Pavo Real and Agárrense De Las Manos. With Pavo Real, he caused a controversy at the 1982 contest of Miss Universe. The contest was being held in Atlanta, a Southern American city, and Pavo Real is a song about a mixed races matrimony. This didn't sit well with the organizers of the event.
Rodriguez was married in 1980's with actress Lila Morillo, with whom procreated 2 daughters. One of them, Liliana Morillo, is an venezuelan actress.
Rodriguez is a born-again christian, and he loves meeting his fans and signing autographs for them.
He is living Miami, after his divorce with Morillo and soon found another romantic interest, with whom he has a daughter too.
During September, 2004, Rodriguez received two personal life blows, both of them related to rape: early during that month, actor Mauricio Islas was imprisoned in Miami, for allegedly committing statutory rape with Rodriguez's youngest daughter, Genesis Rodriguez, while they both filmed a telenovela. Soon after, his former wife Lila Morillo alleged that their second daughter, Lilibeth Rodriguez, had been raped at the age of six by a house worker of the Rodriguez-Morillo mansion in Venezuela.