Mexican actor, singer Antonio Aguilar dies


MEXICO CITY -- Legendary Mexican actor and singer Antonio Aguilar, who appeared in numerous Westerns during a career that spanned five decades, died of pneumonia in a Mexico City hospital Tuesday evening. He was 88.

Aguilar, who launched his career during Mexico's "Golden Age of Cinema," went on to work in more than 160 films as an actor, producer and screenwriter. He has often been compared to such U.S. singing cowboy stars as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

In one of his most famous roles, as a Mexican military general, Aguilar acted alongside John Wayne and Rock Hudson in the 1969 Western "The Undefeated."

Aguilar also was one of Mexico's most beloved mariachi singers. His recorded material has sold more than 25 million copies. Aguilar is survived by his wife, Flor Silvestre, and their sons, Antonio Jr. and Jose Antonio. All three are successful recording artists.