July 29, 2014
Everlasting moving applause for the best actor
With a long-lasting applause, thousands of people bid farewell to late Argentine actor Alfredo Alcón yesterday. The streets of Buenos Aires were full of fans, waiting to honour one of the most important actors of the country, who died on Friday’s early hours.
The funeral procession left the National Congress — where the wake took place — at 10.30am. Actor Nicolás Cabré (who worked with Alcón in The Great Return) and National Lower House Speaker Julián Domínguez were some of the men who carried the coffin, which was covered with the national flag.
On the way to the cemetery, fans, friends and colleagues threw red and white flowers as the hearse drove past.
A stop was made at the entrance of the San Martín theatre, a place which Alcón said to be his home since he performed there several times including in his last show, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, a year ago. Aníbal Ibarra, Susana Rinaldi, Buenos Aires Culture Minister Hernán Lombardi, San Martín theatre staff and the public waited the cortège at the entrance of the theatre. Off recordings of plays starred by Alcón could be heard near the venue.
Almost all the local cultural world attended the wake and the burial: Alcón ex-wife and friend actress Norma Aleandro, Joaquín Furriel, Luis Brandoni, Graciela Borges, Susú Pecoraro, Juan Palomino, Antonio Gasalla, the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Estela de Carlotto, Adrián Suar, Pablo Codevila, Guillermo Francella, Nicolás Cabré, Ana María Piccio, Oscar Ferrigno, Roberto Antier, Cristina Banegas, Nora Lafón, Peto Menahem, Marta González, Ceci-lia Rosseto, María Onetto and Alejandra Darín, among others.
The remains arrived at the cemetery around 11.30am for a religious ceremony and the burial. A private ceremony was held inside the Actors’ Mausoleum as requested by Alcón’s relatives. Furriel read a letter and Carolina and Marcelo Gómez — Aleandro’s friends — sang Hail Mary.
Alcón passed away at home in Buenos Aires following respiratory failure on Friday in the early morning. The actor had undergone surgery four months ago but he never fully recovered and his health kept declining.
For most of his colleagues and critics Alcón was the best actor of his generation. His friends recalled him as a man with a good sense of humour and a “great guy.” He has done excellent work in cinema (El santo de la espada, Nazareno Cruz y el lobo), television (Vulnerables, En el nombre de Dios) and theatre — mostly classics, such as Shakespeare, Lorca and Beckett.
— Herald staff