Argentine director Leandro Favio dies

Key cultural figure was also actor, singer

Movie director, actor and singer Leandro Favio, one of Argentina’s most important cultural figures, died Monday after suffering from chronic illnesses. He was 74.

Favio was known for his romantic ballads, helping to establish a genre later filled by many Latin American crooners. He was a film star in the 1950s and ’60s and then fled into exile when Argentina’s military dictatorship took over in 1976. Favio returned after democracy was restored and made films celebrating his hero, Gen. Juan Domingo Peron.

Favio’s last film, titled “The Good People,” celebrates Argentina’s bicentennial as well as the current government, which he supported. A viewing was being held Monday night in Argentina’s Senate in his honor.

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