'Pan's Labyrinth' Actor Alex Angulo Dies at 61

The veteran Spanish film, TV and stage actor was nominated three times for the country's best performer at the Goya Awards.

MADRID – Alex Angulo, a veteran Spanish film, television and stage actor who starred in Oscar winner Pan's Labyrinth, died in a car accident over the weekend. He was 61.

He starred in some 60 films.

Trained as a teacher, Angulo switched to acting at the age of 23 when he joined a theater company in his native Basque region and got his start in the movies when he was cast by film director Alex de la Iglesia in Accion Mutante in 1993.

Angulo was nominated for a best actor honor at Spain's Goya Awards on three occasions by the Spanish Film Academy. The nominations were for his roles in de la Iglesia's The Day of the Beast and Dying of Laughter, as well as and The Great Vazquez.

Internationally, Angulo was best known for his role as an anti-Francoist doctor in dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Mexico's Guillermo del Toro.

The film won three Oscars in 2007 for best cinematography, makeup and art direction and was nominated for original screenplay, music and best foreign language film awards.