Alberto Argibay, actor, 74

Performer starred in dozens of plays, TV shows

Argentine actor Alberto Argibay, who starred in 1969 hit TV revenge thriller “El hombre que volvio de la muerte” (The Man Who Came Back from the Dead) that was remade this year, died Sept. 10 of undisclosed causes in Buenos Aires. He was 74.

A native of sparsely populated Patagonia, Argibay made his film debut in Mario Soffici’s 1958 “Isla brava.” Strong performances in Daniel Tinayre’s acclaimed 1961 rape drama “La Patota” and Rodolfo Kuhn’s “Los jovenes viejos” (The Old Young People) helped make him a big name of the 1960s.

He went on to act in more than three dozen films and earned a kudo for his interpretation of a petty thief failing to make it as a singer joins a big-scale smuggling ring in Lautaro Murua’s “Alias Gardelito” (Alias Big Shot).

On the small screen, he acted in series like “El dia nacio viejo,” “Simplemente Maria,” and “El monstruo no ha muerto.”

He starred in dozens of plays, including a production of Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros.”

In 1982, his son was declared lost in the sinking of the ARA General Belgrano Navy cruiser during Argentina’s 1982 war with Great Britain over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands in the South Atlantic, yet the young man reappeared some time later.

After a part in the 1985 telenovela “Coraje mama” and the 1986 big-screen comedy “Las lobas,” Argibay retired except for a performance in the 1998 “Los Ratones.” He suffered bouts of depression and poor health over the next two decades.

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