Sergio Calderon, a Mexican actor popular for appearances in Pirates of the Caribbean and Men in Black, has died.
Calderon died Thursday, June 1st 2023 after a short bout with illness, his family announced.
He was 77.
Sergio Calderon Wikipedia & Biography
Sergio Calderon was a Mexican actor popular for appearances in Pirates of the Caribbean and Men in Black franchises.
Calderon was born in a small tropical village in Mexico known as Coatlan del Rio, Morelos, on July 21, 1945. He moved to Mexico City aged 10 where he developed a love of performing after taking part in a poetry reading.
He studied at the Instituto Andrés Soler of the Asociación Nacional de Actores before making his jump to acting.
He landed his first acting role in 1970, featuring in The Bridge in the Jungle, which was shot in Mexico.
Calderón moved to Los Angeles nine years later after getting his Screen Actors Guild card for his role in the comedy, The In-Laws.
The late thespian had dozens of screen credits to his name over the past 50-plus years including The Missing (2003), The Ruins (2008) and Little Fockers (2010).
His most seminal roles however, was appearing as Captain Vallenueva in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), and as Jose — a.k.a. the “head on a stick” guy — in Men in Black (1997).
Sergio Calderon posted on Twitter about his appearance in Men in Black, writing on July 2nd 2022: “25yrs one of the greatest movies I worked in was released: MIB. Thanks to Barry Sonnenfeld 4 this wonderful opportunity & to Rick Baker 4 his work on Mikey’s Head! It’s thanks to his extraordinary talent that MIB beat Boogie Nights at the MTV Movie Awards for Best HeadonAStick,”
He took a break from acting in 2015, but returned for three projects in 2022: The Seven Faces of Jane as well as episodes of Better Things and The Resort.
Sergio Calderon died from after a short bout with illness on June 1st 2023 in hospital, his family announced. He was 77 years of age.
A rep for the actor told PEOPLE “that Sergio passed away Wednesday morning,” and was “surrounded by family at the time” of his death.
“He was in the hospital previously with a bout of pneumonia; not sure that was the cause,” the rep adds.
Devastated netizens took to social media to mourn.
“I’m so sad Sergio Calderón has passed. I just read that wonderful article about him in the LA Times too 🙁 I always think of him as El Cajon the river pirate from The A-Team. #rip,”
“Rest in Peace, Sergio. I look forward to hearing memorials from your peers.’; ‘Sergio Calderon another fine talent and his great spirit and legacy lives.”
“Farewell to the great Sergio Calderón, the mythical river pirate ‘El Cajón’ in an equally mythical double episode of The A-Team and Captain Villanueva in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” another fan tweeted, in Spanish.
“Mexican actor, brilliant in two [films] by [writer-director] Luis Alcoriza: National Mechanics and Las Fuerzas Vivas,” the latter fan added.
The 77-year-old Sergio Calderon leaves behind his wife, Karen Dakin; his children Patrick Calderón-Dakin and Johanna Calderón-Dakin; and his grandchildren Krishnaavi, Emiliano and Victoria.
May he rest in peace.
Sergio Calderon Pirates of the Carribean
Sergio Calderon appeared in the popular movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean in one of his most famous roles in the English-speaking world.
According to the Pirates of the Carribean wiki: “Sergio Calderón (July 21, 1945 – May 31, 2023) is an actor. He portrayed Eduardo Villanueva in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and voiced the character in the At World’s End video game.”
He made numerous posts about the movie on his Instagram page, showing it was one of his proudest moments.
Once sharing a scene from the movie, he wrote: “Don’t you wish politics were this fun? What an enjoyable experience working among the best of the best. I wear with pride my pirate ring given to me after shooting this fantastic scene for #piratesofthecaribbean .”
Speaking in interviews, Sergio Calderon spoke about the fun he had playing villains and making people enjoy movies.
“I love to play those types of characters, because people really hate me. They tell me in the streets how much they hate me. But to me, that is my success. Because that means I was able to convince people with what I performed.”
He added in a separate interview; ‘If I can make them cry and I can make them laugh, then maybe I’m a good actor,”
Pirates of the Caribbean is an American fantasy supernatural swashbuckler film series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name.
The film series serves as a major component of the eponymous media franchise. Directors of the series include Gore Verbinski (films 1–3), Rob Marshall (4), Joachim Rønning (5), and Espen Sandberg (5).
The series is primarily written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (1–4); other writers include Stuart Beattie (1), Jay Wolpert (1) and Jeff Nathanson (5).
The stories follow the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), with Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally) following over the course of the films.
Other characters featured in the original trilogy include James Norrington (Jack Davenport), Pintel (Lee Arenberg), Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook), Marty (Martin Klebba), Cotton (David Bailie), Murtogg and Mullroy (Giles New & Angus Barnett), Bootstrap Bill Turner (Stellan Skarsgård), Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce), Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy).
The films take place in a fictionalized version of the Golden Age of Piracy, and are set primarily in the Caribbean.
Sergio Calderon has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows spanning decades.
His notable credits include Sergio Leone’s “Duck, You Sucker!” (1971), in which he played a Mexican revolutionary.
Additionally, in John Huston’s “Under the Volcano” (1984), he played a violent Mexican chief of police opposite Albert Finney.
He portrayed a Mexican revolutionary at the turn of the 20th century in Duck, You Sucker! (1971) and was a murderous Mexican chief of police opposite Albert Finney in John Huston’s Under the Volcano (1984).
He guest-starred as the colorful bandit Malavida Valdése on the premiere episode of NBC’s The A-Team in 1983, then returned as the river pirate El Cajón (The Coffin) at the start of the show’s third season a year later.
Calderón played Alfonso, one of the Hondurans, in the Arthur Hiller comedy The In-Laws (1979) — it was the role that got him his SAG card — and fans of the original Men in Black (1997) know him as the “head on a stick” held by an extraterrestrial “illegal alien” attempting to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border in the Barry Sonnenfeld film.
Check out Sergio Calderon IMDB page for his complete list of movies.
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Wife and Kids
Sergio Calderon was married to his wife of many years, Karen Dakin. He had two children, Patrick Calderón-Dakin and Johanna Calderón-Dakin; and three grandchildren Krishnaavi, Emiliano and Victoria.