‘Agent X-44’ Tony Ferrer, 86

    Tony Ferrer with daughters Mutya Crisostomo and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan (Photo from Maricel’s Instagram account)

    Actor Tony Ferrer passed away Saturday, January 23. The actor died at home due to complications from heart illness and diabetes. He was 86.

    Born Antonio D. Laxa, Ferrer starred in 203 films of different genres. He was most famous for playing secret agent X-44 Tony Falcon. Fashioned after novelist Ian Fleming’s fictional Secret Service agent 007, Falcon was known for his dapper white suits and suave moves and was as successful in the box office as with the ladies as James Bond.

    Ferrer starred with Imelda Ilanan, with whom he has a daughter, Maricel Laxa Pangilinan, and beauty queen Alice Crisostomo, with whom he had two kids, former Mutya ng Pilipinas 1992 Mutya Crisostomo and a son, Mark. Maricel and Mutya followed in their parents’ footsteps and became actresses.

    Laxa-Pangilinan paid a touching tribute to her father in an Instagram post of their photo with Mutya.

    “Mission Accomplished,” she wrote.

    “On 23 January 2021, our beloved father, friend, and Philippine movie industry treasure Antonio D. Laxa, popularly known as Tony Ferrer, joined our Creater quietly in his sleep and in the comfort of his home. He was 86 years old.

    “Our Dad as Tony Ferrer became an action movie superstar with his most iconic role as Tony Falcon in the Agent X44 movie series. He appeared in 203 movies. 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. 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 that there will be no public viewing in accordance with the actor’s wishes.