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Antonio Aguilar, D.E.P. (17 de mayo de 1919 – 19 de junio de 2007)

20 June 2007

One of the last of the greats from Mexico’s “golden age of cinema”, corredo singer and actor Antonio Aguilar, died Tuesday in Mexico City. He was 88.

Aguilar, the only Hispanic performer to have have sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden (six times!), was never the sexy lead that Pedro Infante was, but he had no peer when it came to singing on horseback. On-screen a combination John Wayne and Roy Rogers, off-screen he really was a rancher and horseman. Reportedly he was once asked to stand for the Presidency, but turned it down saying he preferred his horses.

His cremated remains were scattered at his beloved “El Zochiate” ranch in Zacatecas, where he was born on May 17, 1919.

Like other Mexican actors and singers, he doubled as a producer and screenwriter. His son, pop singer Pepe Aguilar, was born in San Antonio, Texas, where Antonio and his wife, actress Flor Silvestre, were performing at the time (yeah, Flor was working well past her due date… Mexican entertainers work hard!). Antonio himself worked as an “illegal alien” in Los Angeles for a few months as a young man.

As an adult, he appeared in several Hollywood movies, notably the John Wayne-Rock Hudson feature, The Undefeated (1969).

Aguilar was active in the movies from the early 1950s through the 1990s. His last role was as Pancho Villa in 1994. He wrote and produced screenplays throughout the 70s and 80s. Like Wayne and Rogers, he was a living and breathing, horse-lovin’ (and gloriously singing) embodiment of the national mythology.

Though he was cremated after dying from pneumonia (he had been hospitalized two weeks ago, and didn’t respond to treatment), he sang about wanting to be buried with THE flag…

¡Aiiiiii-yaaaaaaaaa!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. jose permalink
    21 June 2007 4:19 pm

    ES TRISTE SABER QUE LOS GRANDES
    HOMBRES TIENEN QUE PARTIR UN DIA

    PERO ASI ES LA VIDA QUE LE VAMOS ACER

    PERO SIN DUDA ALGUNA ESTOY BIEN SEGURO QUE ESTAS CON DIOS
    GRACIAS POR TODA TU MUSICA ADIOS MI CHARO SACATECANO UN ADMIRADOR DE VERDAD JOSE URIBE REYNA QUE DESCANSES EN PAZ

  2. Lorena Diaz de Leon permalink
    21 June 2007 6:48 pm

    Que lastima! Antonio Aguilar’s voice takes me back to Mexico in a second. His sound represents the colorfulness of such a great culture..”El tiempo pasa, Y no te puedo olvidar, Te traigo en mi pensamiento constante mi amor”. Hearing the lyrics of Triste Recuerdos reminds me of sitting on a bench in front of el templo de San Francisco in San Luis Potosi. “El Zochiate” rancho, I believe is near “La Quemada” which is an archaeological zone near the city of Zacatecas. It is a truly beautiful place to visit and is the lesser known of the ruins in Mexico. I am glad Antonio Aguilar will lay to rest in such a fantastic place.

  3. jose acosta permalink
    25 June 2007 7:45 pm

    it is a sad sad week for me to know that antonio aguilar passed but he left us with his music to remember him by.this music will always live in my heart because this is the music our parents grew up on in a little town named malpaso zacatecas,i remenber on friday nights the cantina would put a speaker outside the door and the music noise would travel up into the serro and atract everydrunk that heard the noise.we will never have another real charro like antonio aguilar

  4. 29 June 2007 3:36 pm

    Asi es la vida, no podemos hacer nada; porque la biblia dice la paga del pecado es la muerte. Triste es que don Antonio Aguilar fue un hombre famoso por sus canciones, sus peliculas, muchas cosas mas que el lo hizo en su tierra; pero se fue sin Cristo como Sen~or y salvador de su vida es lo triste que muchas artista va de esta manera. Y recuerdan los que quedaron sus familias que estan con vida ahora hay opotunidad para hacer un entrega total a Jesucristo y recibira la vida eterna y viviran para siempre con Cristo despues de la muerte amen.

  5. Mario Torres permalink
    29 June 2007 8:33 pm

    Antonio Aguilar, a mans man!!! Much respects to his family from a Tejano living in WA State. I remember my Mom dancing around in the living room to Antonio Aguilar’s music and her being glued to the tv set when ever one of his movies were playing on the tube . He brought happiness into our house when I was a kid. I am sure my Mom created Antonio Aguilar with open arms when he reached the pearly gates.

    God Bless.

  6. 12 July 2013 1:42 am

    Normally I don’t read post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very nice post.

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