Pascual Antonio Aguilar (May 17, 1919 – June 19, 2007), most commonly known as Antonio Aguilar, also called “El Charro de México” was a Mexican film actor, singer, producer and screenwriter. During his career, he made over 150 albums, which sold 25 million copies, and made 167 movies.
Aguilar was born in the small town of Villanueva in the state of Zacatecas. He spent his early childhood in a hacienda first built in 1596 in the town of Tayahua, about 35 km from Villanueva. Aguilar’s family acquired this property in the early 19th century.
Aguilar began his singing career in 1952 during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. He is credited with popularising la charrería, considered to have originated in Mexico, to international audiences.
Antonio Aguilar was the first Mexican performer to mix rodeos and concerts while touring his show in Latin America and the United States. He made 167 movies and has been compared to American actors like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Ronald Reagan. Amongst his best movies are Caballo Prieto Azabache and Bala Perdida. Aguilar appeared in American western films like 1969’s The Undefeated starring John Wayne.
For contributions to the recording industry, Antonio Aguilar Barraza was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7056 Hollywood Boulevard. He was similarly honored with his handprints and star on the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City for his work in movies and in the recording industry.
Antonio Aguilar began his recording career in 1950, eventually making over 150 albums and selling more than 25 million records. He was known for his corridos with some of his best known songs including “Gabino Barrera”, “Caballo Prieto Azabache”, “Albur de Amor”, and “Un Puño De Tierra”. Antonio was also largely responsible for the renewed popularity of the tambora music in the mid 1980s, when he single-handedly resuscitated the genre with the hit “Triste Recuerdo”. To this day he has been the only Hispanic artist to sell out the Madison Square Garden of New York City for six consecutive nights on 1997.
Angela and Jesus, Antonio’s parents, had six other children: Jose Roque, Chava(dec.), Lupe(dec.), Louis Thomas (dec.), Mariano (dec.) and Josefina. Aguilar was married to actress Flor Silvestre (born Guillermina Jimenez), and one of their children, Jose “Pepe” Aguilar, is among Mexico’s most popular modern singers. In addition to Pepe Aguilar, he had another child with Flor Silvestre who is the oldest, Antonio Aguilar, Jr. His grandchildren Emiliano,Aneliz,Leonardo,and Angela are Pepe Aguilar’s children. Maria Jose and Flor Susana are Antonio Aguilar Jr’s. Children.
On June 18, 2007, Doctors announced that Antonio was no longer responding to treatment and was expected to pass away before the end of the night. On June 19, 2007, the doctor spoke out to the media that Aguilar was still alive, and his body was responding to the medication but was still in critical condition. While there, the family received visits from many famous people including Vicente Fernández.
Aguilar died on June 19, 2007 at 11:45 p.m. from pneumonia. His coffin was carried through the streets of Zacatecas, the state capital, and was honored at a memorial service attended by hundreds at a church there.
His body was then taken to the hamlet of Tayahua, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the south, where residents waited in the streets to bid Aguilar a final farewell before he was buried at his family’s “El Soyate” ranch nearby, the government news agency Notimex reported.
Obituaries appeared in many newspapers, including Los Angeles Times (USA), New York Times (USA), Washington Post (USA), The Guardian (UK) and The Independent (UK). News of Antonio’s death were reported in newspapers of many Spanish-speaking countries, including Guatemala (El Periodico), Honduras (La Tribuna), El Salvador (El Diario de Hoy), Nicaragua (El Nuevo Diario), Costa Rica (Diario Extra), Venezuela (Correo del Caroní), Peru (Crónica Viva), Colombia (El Tiempo), Ecuador (El Diario) and Chile (El Mercurio).
Antonio Aguilar was a popular Mexican singer, actor, producer and writer. He was from a small town in Zacatecas called Tayahua and was born on May 17, 1919, Died June 19, 2007. This town is close to Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico. The story goes that he came to California as an illegal alien and that he slept for three days in the Plazita Olvera or Olvera Street in Los Angeles. He began his acting career during the Golden Era of Mexican Cinematography. He is credited with exposing the sport of la charrería, considered to have originated in Mexico to international audiences.
Antonio Aguilar lived many years in Puerto Rico where he performed in rodeos and concerts. He made many movies and has been compared to American Western actors like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. This is because Aguilar’s charro or cowboy movies entail romantic ballads with him getting the gal. Amongst his best movies are Caballo Prieto Azabache and Bala Perdida. Antonio has appeared in American Western films like 1969’s The Undefeated starring John Wayne.
Antonio Aguilar’s films listed from the most recent to the oldest follows:
1987 Emiliano Zapata
1987 El Extraño Hijo Del Sheriff
1987 Lamberto Quintero
1984 El Anima De Sayula
1980 Albur De Amor
1978 Benjamin Argumedo
1977 La Muerte de un Gallero
1977 Soy El Hijo Del Gallero
1975 Volver, Volver, Volver!
1974 Simon Blanco
1972 La Yegua Colorada
1969 The Undefeated
1968 El As de Oros
1967 El Ojo De Vidrio
1967 La Venganza de Gabino Barrera
1967 Los Bandidos
1967 El Hijo de Gabino Barrera
1966 El Alazan Y El Rocio
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