For his performance in the classic Mexican cinema, he received an Ariel for Best Children’s Performance.
Alfonso Mejía Silva, who played little Pedro in Luis Buñuel’s film Los Olvidados , died of natural causes in Chihuahua on Wednesday.
His youngest son, Alfonso Mejía Zueck, confirmed the death of the retired actor and who is survived by his widow, Carmelita, 80; his daughters, Carlota and Victoria, and eight grandchildren.
“He died today (yesterday) at noon, at his house, next to my mother. My dad was almost 87 years old, we barely celebrated his birthday, “said Mejía Zueck.
Alfonso, who had his heyday in the national cinema between the 50s and 70s, was born on November 16, 1934, in CDMX and after marrying a fan, Carmelita Zueck, he went to settle in the Chihuahuan capital, where formed a family.
His performance in Buñuel’s classic received an Ariel for Best Children’s Performance, and in 1954 and 1956 he was again a candidate for his work in Padre Nuestro and El Túnel 6, respectively.
Alfonso commented that his father became seriously ill last May, but he recovered and until last week he had the best face. In the last decades of his life, he enjoyed traveling by car in the southern United States and spending time with his friends.
Falleció de causas naturales Alfonso Mejía Silva, recordado por su papel de Pedro en Los Olvidados de Luis Buñuel considerada Memoria del mundo por la UNESCO. Tenía 87 años de edad. pic.twitter.com/un40Bmqlnf
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However, 20 years later, he decided to retire from acting to go live in Chihuahua with his wife Carmelita, with whom he started a family.
He participated in other films such as Jóvenes y Bellas, Tomorrow will be Men, Holidays in Acapulco, Chicas Casaderas, among others.