Argentine actress Silvia Merlino of the hit 1960s comedy “La familia Falcon” (The Falcon Family) died June 27 of a heart attack in Buenos Aires. She was 63.
A native of Buenos Aires, Merlino got into acting at 13 after a director scouted her at a quiz show organized by pubcaster Canal 7.
Her break came with “The Falcon Family,” a comedy that aired for more than seven years on Artear-Canal 13, one of the longest running programs in Argentina. It was sponsored by Ford Motor Co. to promote its Falcon model.
She starred alongside her husband Emilio Comte, with whom she had four children.
As well as a big-screen adaptation of “The Falcon Family” in 1963, Merlino performed in the comedies “Villa Carinno esta que arde” and “Que Linda es mi familia,” and in a number of live plays.
Her last appearance was in “Abre tus ojos,” a 2003 telenovela on Canal 13.