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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 19 June 2007. This town is close to Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico. The story goes that he came to California undocumented 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 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.[

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 Rey
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
1966 Los Dos Rivales
1965 Juan Colorado
1965 Los Alegres Aguilares
1965 Caballo Prieto Azabache
1964 Gabino Barrera
1962 El Caballo Blanco
1961 Animas Trujano
1961 Vacasiones en Acapulco
1961 Rumbo a Brasilia
1961 Los Hermanos Del Hierro
1960 Dos Hijos Desobedientes
1960 Que Bonito Amor
1960 La Sombra del Caudillo
1960 El Siete de Copas
1959 The Soldiers of Pancho Villa
1959 Bala Perdida
1959 La Cucaracha
1952 Habia Una Vez Un Marido
1952 Un Ricón Cerca del Cielo
Domingo Corrales
Contrabando Y Muerte
Los Hermanos Del Hierro
Viva El Chubasco
Persecusion Y Muerte De Benjamin Argumedo
El Caballo Bayo
Sabor a Sangre
La Muerte de Pancho Villa
Mi Caballo El Cantador
Vuelve El Ojo De Vidrio
Don Herculano Enamorado
Valente Quintero
La Traicion a Zapata
Los Cuatro Juanes
Los Gemelos Alborotados
El Rey De Oros
Mi Aventura En Puerto Rico
Viva Mexico Y Sus Corridos
El Moro De Cumpas
Los Marcados

Antonio is married to legendary actress Flor Silvestre, and one of their children, Josè Pepe Aguilar, is among Mexico's most popular modern singers. He frequently performed at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Los Angeles before curtailing his performances with Flor Silvestre. During 2005, a series of farewell concerts were announced and performed by the entire Aguilar family to include Flor and both sons.

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