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Screen veteran Tony Ferrer dies at 86

Tony Ferrer, a veteran actor once called the "James Bond of the Philippines" died on Saturday, January 23. He was 86.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Mutya Laxa-Buensuceso, who posted on Instagram, saying Ferrer died at home in his sleep.

"During his last days, he was surrounded by the care of his San Antonio family, the love of his children, and the joy and songs of his grandchildren," she said.

"He was a remarkable, selfless man who always thought of others first, impacting a lot of lives on and off screen. We shall all remember him with fondness," she added.

She also said that there will be no public viewing of his remains, and an online mass and memorial will be announced to family and friends.

Ferrer was most known for playing spy Tony Falcon in the Agent X-44 films in the 60s, which earned him comparisons to British superspy Bond. Throughout his long career, he worked with movie greats such as Fernando Poe Jr, Nora Aunor, and Gina Pareño.

His showbiz legacy lives on through his family: Mutya is a former beauty queen and actress, while his other daughter Maricel Laxa is also an actress and mother to young star Donny Pangilinan. – Rappler.com