ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

Peter Marquardt, the actor who played the white-suited drug lord, Moco, in Robert Rodriquez's break-out hit, El Mariachi, has died, a funeral home in Austin confirmed yesterday.

A spokeswoman confirmed that Marquardt, who was 50 years old, died on July 19 of a currently unspecified cause.

Marquardt both appeared in 1992's El Mariachi and Rodriguez's stylish follow-up, Desperado (1995). He would also later appear in his Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the 2011 film The Shadow People.

El Mariachi, which Rodriguez made for only $7,200, was a major hit both in his native Mexico and in Hollywood. The film was snapped up by Colombia Pictures while they also agreed to finance two English-language sequels, Desperado and 2003's Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Marquardt and Rodriguez originally met under some rather unusual circumstances. To generate the funds to direct El Mariachi, Rodriguez signed up as a test subject for a research facility developing cholesterol-lowering medication. He made $3000, but he also met Marquardt, who was in the next bunk. Rodriguez offered him the role of the nefarious gangster, despite the fact he didn't even speak Spanish.

He also provided voice-over work for several video games, including Deus Ex and Conquest: Frontier Wars.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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