‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Men in Black’ Actor Sergio Calderón Passes Away at 77

Mexican-born veteran actor Sergio Calderón died on Wednesday morning at the age of 77, surrounded by family. 

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the star confirmed to Deadline that Calderón died. The following day, a rep told People and Entertainment Weekly that he “was in the hospital previously with a bout of pneumonia, not sure that was the cause.”

Calderón was born in Coatlan del Rio, Morelos on July 21, 1945, and studied at the Instituto Andrés Soler of the Asociación Nacional de Actores in his home country.

Afterward, beginning in the ’70s, he started acting professionally, landing roles in films and TV shows. His decades-long career included parts in John Huston’s “Under the Volcano,” the TV show “The A-Team,” and the comedy “The In-Laws.”

But perhaps most notably, he appeared in two major franchises: “Men in Black” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

In the first “MIB” installment, released in 1997, the actor played Jose, better known as the “head on a stick” character in the sci-fi movie. 

Calderón reflected on his involvement in “MIB” in a post shared on his Instagram in July 2022, commemorating the film’s anniversary. 

A decade later, Calderón portrayed Captain Vallenueva, a pirate lord, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” the third film in the franchise. 

Most recently, the actor guest-starred on season five of the show “Better Things,” appeared in the film “The Seven Faces of Jane,” and played a detective on the Peacock series “The Resort.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Calderón is survived by wife Karen Dakin, son Patrick Calderón-Dakin, daughter Johanna Calderón-Dakin, son-in-law Raaj, and three grandchildren named Krishnaavi, Emiliano, and Victoria.

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