Antonio D. Laxa
June 12, 1934
|Died||January 23, 2021 86) (aged|
Antonio D. Laxa (June 12, 1934 – January 23, 2021), better known by his stage name Tony Ferrer, was a Filipino actor, film director and producer. He was tagged as the James Bond of the Philippines for his films in which he played a spy named Tony Falcon in the Agent X-44 movie series.
He won Best Actor at the Quezon City Film Festival for Sapagkat Sila'y Aming Mga Anak (1970) with Boots Anson-Roa and Vilma Santos. He received the nominations for FAMAS Award Best Actor in Sabotage (1966) and I Love Mama, I Love Papa (1971).
Laxa was born in Macabebe, Pampanga, Philippines.
His first film was Kilabot sa Barilan (1960) with Fernando Poe Jr. and Zaldy Zshornack. His next supporting roles were in such war films as Mga Tigreng Tagabukid (1962) and Suicide Commandos (1962) starring Fernando Poe Jr., Romeo Vasquez and Joseph Estrada.
He starred in Marcong Bagsik (1964) with Divina Valencia. He starred as Tony Falcon, Agent X-44 in Sabotage (1966), directed by Eddie Garcia. He did drama films like Living Doll (1970) and The Golden Child (1971) with Snooky Serna. He did action films like Walang Duwag Sa Kayumanggi (1975) with Lotis Key, Mission: Get The Killers On The Loose (1975) with Gina Pareño, Alat (1975) with Chanda Romero, and Jailbreak! (1976) with Alma Moreno.
He was also paired with Niño Muhlach in Wonder Boy (1976). Ferrer was paired with Nora Aunor in Sa Lungga ng Mga Daga (1978).
He starred with Ramon Revilla in Nardong Putik (1972), Lito Lapid in Back To Back (1979), Ramon Zamora in Experts (1979), Rey Malonzo in Deadly Fighters (1979), Ace Vergel in Pangkat Do Or Die (1980), Vic Vargas in Dope Godfathers (1983), Bembol Roco and Efren Reyes Jr. in Over My Dead Body (1983), Fernando Poe Jr in Ang Agila at ang Falcon (1980), Bong Revilla in Chinatown: Sa Kuko ng Dragon (1988), Ronnie Ricketts in Black Sheep Baby (1989) and Jess Lapid Jr. in Isang Milyon sa Ulo ni Cobra (1990).
He also did international films like The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967) with Christopher Lee, Cosa Nostra Asia (1974) with Chris Mitchum, Blind Rage (1978) with Fred Williamson, and Cover Girl Models (1975) with Pat Anderson for New World Pictures.
On the July 2, 1981, Ferrer's directorial debut the musical film Legs... Katawan... Babae! premiered, it's a film vehicle for the disco group Hagibis .The film co-stars Myrna Castillo, Laarni Enriquez, Dinah Dominguez Val Iglesias, etc.
Ferrer had special participation as Tony Falcon in the remake of Agent X44 (2007), an action-comedy, played by Vhong Navarro.
He appeared in more than 155 films, including the 21-film series Agent X-44.[ citation needed ]
Ferrer was the younger brother of Espiridion Laxa, producer of Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Pictures and EDL Productions.
He was paired with Mutya ng Pilipinas Alice Crisostomo in The Golden Child (1971), and subsequently married her a year later. They have two kids, actress Mutya Crisostomo and Falcon. He has a daughter with actress Imelda Ilanan, Maricel Laxa. He also has a son, Mark by Pinky Poblete. Ferrer lived with a non-showbiz partner.
His grandson, Donny Laxa Pangilinan, is also a movie & TV actor.
Ferrer died on 23 January 2021 at home in Pasig, at the age of 86 due to heart illness and diabetic complications.
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