Spanish actor Juan Luis Galiardo, known for film roles as Don
Quixote and in Charlton Heston's "Anthony and Cleopatra", has
died aged 72, his publicists said Saturday.
"A quick and devastating illness has taken away one of the most
popular and significant faces in our country's cinema, theatre
and television," read a statement posted on his official website
after his death late Friday.
Born in Andalucia, southern Spain in 1940, Galiardo began his
five-decade film acting career in the early 1960s and came to
international attention in pictures such as "Anthony and
Cleopatra" directed by and starring Heston in 1971.
He later worked for several years in Mexico before returning to
Spain and played his defining role as the comic knight Quixote in
a film of the Spanish classic directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon
His prolific stage career included leading roles such as King
Lear, Oedipus and Moliere's "The Miser".