Monday, December 26, 2011

RIP Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.

Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz, Jr. dies in New York City today.

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. was born in Mexico City on April 6, 1940, the son of actors Carmelita (née Pardo) [1917-1963] and Pedro Armendáriz [1912-1963]. He was married to actress Ofelia Medina [1950- ].

Armendáriz appeared in over 100 movies. Among them were "The Magnificent Seven Ride" (1972), "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (2002), "Matando Cabos" (2004) and "La ley de Herodes" (1999), and played Don Pedro in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) and "The Legend of Zorro" (2005). He also had small roles in "Earthquake" (1974), and played the priest killed by Michael Biehn's character Johnny Ringo in "Tombstone" (1993).

Both Armendáriz and his father appeared in James Bond movies. The elder Armendáriz appeared in "From Russia with Love" in 1963, while Pedro Jr. appeared in 1989's "Licence to Kill". Also both actors portrayed Pancho Villa, the senior Armendáriz in several movies and Pedro Armendáriz Jr. in "Old Gringo" (1989) opposite Gregory Peck and Jimmy Smits. Interestingly, Pedro Armendáriz Jr also portrayed Pancho Villa's enemy Luis Terrazas in the film "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" (2003) as opposite Antonio Banderas.

Pedro died today December 26, 2011 of cancer at age 71 in New York City.

 Armendáriz appeared in two Euro-westerns; "Guns for San Sebastian" (1969) as Father Lucas and "Bandits" (1990) as Cura.

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