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HE KILLED YOUR BROTHER!
~ Chino snaps after figuring out about Maria's affair with Tony and bluntly breaks the news of Bernardo's death to her.

Chino (last name unknown) is the secondary antagonist of the Broadway musical West Side Story and its film adaptations. He is a member of the Sharks and a subordinate to Bernardo. Though mostly a background character in the first act, Chino takes on a much bigger role in the second half after realizing that his fiancee Maria has fallen for the Jet member Tony and hunts him down with a pistol. He is the musical's equivalent to Paris.

He was portrayed by Jose De Vega in the 1961 film and Josh Andres Rivéra in the 2021 film.

Biography

In the first act, Chino has a generally minor role. He participates in the street fight with the Jets and can be seen engaging with Riff when the Jets defend their member Baby John from the Sharks. He and Bernardo stop by the latter's apartment to pick up Maria and Bernardo's girlfriend Anita that night, and they attend a dance. Tony meets Maria during the dance and falls in love with her at first sight. Chino and Bernardo interrupt them and break them apart, however, before they can share a kiss. The Sharks later plan a rumble with the Jets at Doc's candy store. Chino partakes in the rumble, and he and his fellow Sharks taunt Tony when he tries to break up the fight.

After the fight gets out of hand and results in Riff and Bernardo's death, Chino visits Maria and tries to tell her what had happened. When she shows concern for Tony, Chino puts two and two together and spitefully reveals to her that Tony had killed Bernardo in the fight. He then runs off and gets his hands on a pistol, promising to the Sharks that he will "get that polack" if it's the last thing he'll do. Chino spends the second act hunting for Tony, and despite the Jets's effort to protect Tony, Chino eventually finds him when he, thinking that Maria is dead, calls for Chino to kill him too. Chino shoots Tony from behind, and he dies in Maria's arms. Maria grieves for Tony's death before grabbing Chino's pistol from him and threatening to shoot him. She turns the gun to the rest of the Sharks and the Jets, threatening to shoot all of them. She reprimands them for their hatred and blames them for all the deaths that happened that night. The two gangs decide to reconcile and help each other pick up and carry away Tony's body after her speech. The police show up and arrest Chino as the musical closes.

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