Chilean music lost of one of their most melodic vocalists last night, July 14, 2011, when singer, actor Antonio Prieto passed away at the age of 85. Antonio was the victim of cardiac arrest at a clinic in Santiago. Antonio had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and had lived away from the public spotlight for the last few years. Born Juan Antonio Prieto Espinoza on May 26, 1926 he was considered by critics as an icon of the bolero and he became a star in the 1950s. His charm and versatility made him one of the most popular singers of his time along with his compatriot Lucho Gatica. During his more than five-decade career he also tried his luck in films and appeared in more than 30, including his most memorable role as Don Miguel Benito Rojo alongside Clint Eastwood in "Fistful of Dollars" (1964). He also appeared in the 1963 Zorro film "The Sword of Zorro" and "Weeping for a Bandit" (1964). But it was his singing of such songs as "La Barca" and "El Reloj" by the Mexican composer Roberto Cantoral that gained him international fame. He recorded more than 1000 songs during his career including "La Novia" in 1961 that became a huge hit all across South America.
PRIETO, Antonio (Juan Antonio Espinoza Prieto)
Born: 5/26/1926, Iquique, Chile
Died: 7/14/2011, Santiago, Chile
Antonio Prieto's westerns - actor;
The Sword of Zorro - 1963 (Don Manuel Paredes)
Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Don Miguel Benito Rojo)
Weeping for a Bandit - 1964 (El Lero)