Alfredo Alcón (pictured), considered one of Argentina's finest actors, died yesterday in his home in Buenos Aires at the age of 84. Born Alfredo Félix Alcón Riesco on March 3, 1930, Alcón worked extensively in film, theater and television in a professional career that spanned over 50 years.
His first film participation was in Luis César Amadori's El amor nunca muere / Love Never Dies in 1955 starring Tita Merello and Zully Montero. He worked opposite Merello again in Ralph Pappier's 1958 film La morocha. It was his work with filmmaker Leopoldo Torre Nilson though, which consolidated him as an established actor.
Alcón work with Torre Nilson for the first time in 1960 in the film Un guapo del 900 / A Bully in 1900, working with him in several other films including Piel de verano / Summerskin (1961), Martín Fierro (1968), El santo de la espada / The Knight of the Sword (1970), La maffia (1972), Los siete locos / The Revolution of the Seven Madmen (pictured right, 1973), and Boquitas pintadas (1974). Los siete locos was awarded with the Silver Bear prize at the Berlin Film Festival, while Boquitas pintadas won the Silver Shell and the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
He also worked with filmmaker Leonardo Favio in the 1975 classic film Nazareno Cruz y el lobo / Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf, and with Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem in Los inocentes / The Innocent in 1964. His last participation in film was in 2002 in En la ciudad sin límites / The City of No Limits by Antonio Hernández with Leonardo Sbaraglia, Fernando Fernán Gómez and Geraldine Chaplin.
He won Argentina's Silver Condor award for Best Actor twice for his roles in Los inocentes and Martín Fierro, and in 2005 he was recipient of the Honorary Silver Condor for his film career.