The Houston actor best known locally as Pancho Claus still plans to make his annual holiday appearance in the Thanksgiving Day parade despite suffering a heart attack last week.
Richard Reyes, who has portrayed the zoot suit-wearing, lowrider-cruising Hispanic icon for 28 years, said he was admitted to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital on Thursday after suffering a heart attack. He was moved from intensive care to a regular room over the weekend and said he hoped to be released [Monday].
Despite his recent ordeal, Reyes said he sees no reason he can’t be in the downtown Houston parade as usual.
“All I’ve got to do is wave,” he joked in a phone interview from his hospital room.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Pancho Claus. Good to see he’ll be all right.