Narvaez was born in the Federal District (DF) of Mexico City. He started his long career at Churubusco and Azteca studios, where he worked with great names of the Cinema of Mexico such as Cantinflas, Pedro Armendariz, Dolores del Rio, and others.
In the 1940s, he lived in the United States and worked in Hollywood. He has lived in Brazil since 1948, where he remained after shooting an American film. He worked at Atlântida Cinematográfica during the golden age of chanchadas, with Oscarito, Grande Otelo, Anselmo Duarte, Cyll Farney, Eliana, Carlos Manga, and Watson Macedo.
In 1965, Narvaez was one of the founders of Rede Globo, where he filed reports on topics such as the Argentine-born guerilla Che Guevara, the death of John F. Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Brazil. In 1969, he worked, while at Rede Globo, with the polemic journalist and politician Amaral Neto and created a new style of documentaries for television, the program Amaral Neto, o Repórter. Years later, in the 1980s and 1990s, he was the director of Television and Cinema Center of Petrobras.