Juan Carlos Altavista begun his career at Teatro Infantil Labarden, in Buenos Aires. Afterwards he learned from Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Francisco Petrone and Luis Sandrini.
The character that carried him to fame,
Minguito Tinguitella, a tramp driving an old dustcart, was an idea of Juan Carlos Chiappe. With beret and espadrille, he achieved great radio and TV success.
Later, Altavista joined Polémica en el bar, a TV sketch featuring Fidel Pintos, Javier Portales,
Vicente La Rusa, Mario Sánchez and
Adolfo García Grau.
Minguito was the star in many films from 1942 to 1988. Altavista died in Buenos Aires on 20 July 1989, due to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.